Manos Unidas

The community of Manos Unidas has graduated


Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations

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In 2020, the community transitioned from sponsorship to self-sufficiency and World Vision is no longer on site. Because of the dedication and partnership of Canadians like you, local people and organizations have been equipped to continue leading the community’s development – and that is something to celebrate!  

With the help of your generous and loving support, life in Manos Unidas has transformed. Children and families are much stronger now. The community has met its goals, and its members are working together to tackles new ones. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come.

Manos Unidas y Esperanza para Todos is quite a long name for this Mexican community. That name, however, which means “hands united and hope for all, speaks volumes about the community's expectations for transformation.

The community, which goes by Manos Unidas for short, is located in one of the poorest regions of Mexico, and most families are indigenous Zoque. The landscape in the area ranges from tropical savannah to evergreen forests. Many of the houses are made of wood with roofs built out of plastic sheets that are often damaged in high winds.

Families here are usually farmers, growing corn and beans for their own consumption. Some work as labourers on large coffee plantations. The culture is generally very traditional and paternalistic. Many women speak only Zoque, and rarely read or write. Children have little say in any area of their lives.
Thanks to the generosity of Canadian sponsors like you, life in Manos Unidas has improved. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come. Let’s celebrate these accomplishments!
  •  A health centre opened with staff and equipment to provide extended care, including diagnostic testing, thanks to advocacy by community members.
  • 6,500 children finally have health services close to home.
  • Youth are working together to improve their community through a network of 17 youth clubs, involving more than 340 kids.
  • A child protection system was established, thanks to the work of community volunteers and youth leaders.
  • 428 malnourished children received care, while workshops coached parents in cooking nutritious meals.
  • Training sessions in animal husbandry and backyard agriculture equipped parents with skills to feed their families.

*Results for this community updated for 2020

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current conditions

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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Manos Unidas,  is in Phase 3

PHASE 3: Enhance sustainability

Children and families enjoy improved living conditions. They're ready to become independent and continue the work you helped start. We invite you to help another child and community!