• Our Mission House in Anapra where several of our programs are hosted.

Our Mission

Manos Amigas builds bridges of understanding and community support,
uniting Kansas City, Missouri and Anapra, Mexico for a better tomorrow.

Friendly hands for a better tomorrow

How we fulfill our mission

• Sponsoring education for students from primary through college.
• Building life-long relationships between sponsors and students.
• Improving physical health through screenings and seminars.
• Supporting an annual Vacation Bible School.
• Encouraging individual growth and a strong community through service opportunities for children and adults.
• Honoring the elderly by meeting basic needs and providing companionship.
• Learning and educating others about the realities of life at the US/Mexico border.

    Sponsored Students

    Families in Need

    Elderly and Medical Needs

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    Our Programs

    Building bridges of support

    youth receiving backpacks full of school supplies


    Public education is not free in Mexico. In the early 1990’s when we started our sponsorship program, many families in Anapra faced the difficult decision of providing food for their children or paying the fees to send them to school.

    group of anapra youths gathered around a table coloring


    Vacation Bible School was the first request from the core team in Anapra. During the summer, parents are working and children are left at home in the heat with nothing to do and sometimes nothing to eat. VBS provides an activity and a healthy snack.


    Manos Amigas provides medical assistance to members of the Anapra community. This assistance covers prescription costs, doctor visits and travel to hospitals and clinics.


    The majority of those needing our help are older women; therefore, we call this arm of our program “Adopt an Abuela” (abuela is Spanish for grandma). Many of the abuelas are widows with little to no family and no source of income.


    For a better tomorrow

    There are many hours of work needed to support Manos Amigas. Some volunteers choose to travel to Anapra to work and visit with the families we serve. Others help with administrative tasks, collecting school supplies, translating letters, planning VBS crafts, and numerous other tasks.

    If you are willing to help in any way, we will find something for you to do!