Who we are

Fundación Manos Del Sur is a non-profit organization headquartered in Miami, Florida, that has been changing the lives of children in Latin America since 1999. It was founded by a group of Latin American professionals with the vision of helping the struggling children in their countries of origin. It establishes a bridge between individual and corporate contributors in the United States and organizations in Latin America that share the vision of improving children’s lives.

Our mission - vision

We function with only one goal in mind: to see Latin American children rise from the extreme poverty they live in and grow up to become healthy and productive adults. Manos del Sur achieves this by allying with entities within Latin America that devote themselves to improving the lives of children in need. We aim to change children's lives by supplying them with the necessary tools to become the educated, independent decision makers they are meant to be. Latin America's neediest children are provided the necessary aid by connecting them with individual patrons, other non-profit organizations and international corporations.


Founding directors

Paulina Batlle Montes

Claudia Batlle Alvarez

Andrea Vargas

Our team

Executive Director : Paulina Montes

Administration: Maria Paz Victoria

Office volunteers: Mariana Fischer & Clara Olivera

Country managers:

Argentina: General - Paulina Montes

                   Special projects: Silvia Viola

Chile: Desiree Lira

Colombia: Fernando Arciniega

Mexico: Nieves Arce

Nicaragua: Ana Somarriba

                Maria Patricia Somarriba

Team:      Kattia Goldstein

              Maritza Minor

              Randy Lack

Peru : General - 

         Azul Wasi: Miriam Mengotti

                        Maria Veronica Galvez Victoria


             Begoña González

             Mar Gosálbez

             Leni Ibarguengoytia

             Gigi Laspiur

             Anne Maryse López

             Teresa Viñas

             Zahira Acebal

             Catalina Rojas

             Marcela Marcuzzi

             Maria Veronica Noriega