Locations   Yungay, Peru

Mission To provide an education to children with special abilities living below the poverty line

Projects & Programs

Adult Cooking & Nutrition

Volunteer Tasks

Working with children

Working with teachers to create a safe, functional environment

Help with funding, grant proposals, and more

Help the kids engage in physical and creative training 

Facilitate the classrooms


Manna Project International was started by a group of four Vanderbilt University students who wanted to harness the creative energy of college students and recent graduates to work with populations in need. As interest grew, they established an on-campus service organization to bring the university campus into greater contact with the local immigrant community, and to provide international service opportunities for students.

After visiting Nicaragua several times and making connections with others on the ground, the four friends established Manna Project International as an IRS-recognized nonprofit organization, and began recruiting other college graduates to commit to working in Managua for one year. In September 2004, eleven recent graduates arrived in Managua. The experiences and friendships from that first year of service forever changed their perspectives and outlooks on life. As the year drew to a close, students from the next class of graduating seniors arrived to transition into the community and the Program Director position was born. 

While the faces have changed, Manna Project’s volunteers serve more than 3,000 community members in Ecuador and Nicaragua each year. These communities of young leaders are helping breaking the cycle of poverty through participatory programs supporting education, health, leadership, and economic development for communities in need.

*all information was taken from the official Manna Project International website which is linked below*

Manna Project International Website