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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Education, Educational Services, International, Philanthropy, Promotion of International Understanding, Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: Mission: To foster communities of young adults and encourage them to use their passions and education in service to communities in need.

Vision: To establish a global network of Manna Project communities where young adults live and work alongside one another in underserved communities to initiate positive change.

Programs: Currently, MPI has one international site in Managua, Nicaragua and is developing a second in Quito, Ecuador. In addition, we have five college campus chapters which support MPI and raise awareness of the need for young people to take part on a global level. In Nicaragua, our community-based programs include a literacy program, feeding program, English classes, sports teams, preschool, women's exercise group, microfinance and child sponsorship.

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Rating: 4

I first volunteered with Manna Project during my freshman year of college at Vanderbilt University. They were offering short-term service trips to Nicaragua, and I was lucky enough to join without knowing what I was getting into. From there I was hooked on international development. Seeing people just out of college working full-time in Latin American countries inspired me to get more involved in service back in the States, and eventually led me to Guatemala, where I now work full time for Manna. The organization gives its employees a significant amount of early responsibility, and has a good volunteer development program in place that pushes us to put the community’s wishes first in our work. Instead of strict protocol there’s flexible dialogue, and instead of consultants and oversight, there’s encouragement and freedom. On the ground we provide dedicated service to the communities where we work and push ourselves to create sustainable initiatives that utilize existing strengths, work through partner organizations, and highlight positive deviants to motive other residents.

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