What We Do


How we work

Manos del Sur is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that raises funds for improving the lives of needy children in Latin America. The funds we raise are distributed to a broad portfolio of entities in Latin America dedicated to creating social impact.

Each of the countries where we work is assigned a country manager who acts as the originator or leader of our projects. Our staff members carefully screen the projects and entities chosen by Manos del Sur. All country managers are personally involved with the selected organizations and are responsible for communicating with fund recipients. They are also responsible for completing all required paperwork, visiting projects, frequently reporting the progress of projects, and providing detailed explanations of how all funds are spent. In addition, they also maintain constant communication with the children's sponsors and raise funds for their projects.

Where we make a difference

Manos del Sur works to change lives of children in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. This is achieved through our Integrated Assistance Program (IAP) - a system of distributing funds to assist with the health, nutrition and education of children in need.

Project Financing

Once approved by the board of directors, projects are financed through special events, the Sponsor-A-Child program, direct donations from individual contributors or companies and foundation grants.

Control and Evaluation

Every semester, Manos del Sur is provided with details of the funds spent on each project, receipts of all expenses incurred and a thorough report of all activities that took place. Country managers are required to visit the projects in their assigned country once a year to conduct a full evaluation of the operation.

Integral Assistance Program

Health: Manos del Sur uses the Integral Assistance Program (IAP) to finance projects that focus on all aspects of successful child care, including immunization, regular medical and dental checkups, nutrition, growth and weight control, health education, and medical supplies.

Nutrition: Manos del Sur ensures that children's basic nutritional needs are met and educates them and their families on adequate nutrition and health habits.

Education: Manos el Sur sees education as the key to a child's bright future. We provide school supplies, fund after-school workshops that help children with their homework and train parents on different topics related to child rearing. In special occasions assistance is provided in repairing and developing school infrastructures.