an article by Ruel de Vera for Sunday Inquirer Magazine
A Philippine version of the Mexico-originated schools that seek to transform lives through education, Mano Amiga Academy just commenced its second school year with 60 impoverished students accepted for Kindergarten and Prep. This is almost double the 35 that the school started out with. “Most of our students and families from last year chose to continue on with Mano Amiga, and we take that as a sign that we’re doing well and that the community is noticing,” says Mano Amiga Director Ramon Austria. Due to its current size, Mano Amiga, which is located in Taguig City, cannot accommodate all the applicants –something they hope to change in time. The school is currently housed in a Habitat for Humanity building that they are swiftly outgrowing, especially since Mano Amiga plans to add one school level a year.
Our mission is to provide education and development services tailored to the needs of the Filipino community that would empower each family to transform their lives and break out from poverty.
Mano Amiga Academy, Taguig City is the latest addition to over 30 Mano Amiga schools distributed around seven countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico & Venezuela), with more than 17,000 students and parents undergoing formation.
Ms. Eleanor Pinugu, Executive Director
Ms. Nina Liganor, Institutional Development Manager
3846 38th Drive North, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines