In 2022 Manos Amigas started a return to its regular programs after disruptions due to Covid.
Students returned to school in person and factories returned to full time work. We continued two
programs we started during the pandemic: internet support for families with school students and
Little Feet which provides diaper assistance and early childhood workshops.
The core team in Anapra was able to hold gatherings again so meetings with families, youth
group and weekly sessions for elementary and junior high students resumed. We were able to
hold the annual Mother’s Day celebration for abuelas, Children’s Day celebration at the library and
graduation party for graduating students.
Covid still affects daily life dictating mask wearing and availability of medical care. Inflation does
not allow our dollars to stretch as far as they have in the past. Food prices are much higher so
Christmas food baskets were not as full and celebrations offered smaller portions. Everyone
appreciates the support they received to make these difficult times less stressful.
Pies Pequeños (Little Feet) provides support to moms of babies and toddlers. Moms meet monthly for a workshop facilitated by two moms in Anapra, Sylvie and Wendy. Workshops include activities for moms to do with babies and information on topic requested. Resources are provided by a core team member in Kansas City, Jess. This little community provides encouragement and positivity for the moms and a jump start for the babies and toddlers.
5 – College sponsored students
11- High school sponsored students
15 – Middle school sponsored students
17 – Elementary sponsored students
Sponsorship covers tuition, school supplies, internet access and for some, transportation. Sponsored families help the community in return – running the library, maintaining the mission house, and meeting monthly for a service project.
Students are inspired and encouraged by letters from their sponsors and people in the US. It shows them people outside of Anapra care and want them to succeed. Anyone can send a letter to Manos Amigas via e-mail or regular mail and we will make sure a student receives your encouragement.
Christmas dinner baskets were provided to 52 families this holiday season. 25 abuelas were sponsored this year by the Anapra community. Manos Amigas continues to provide firewood and gas during the 4 winter months for all abuelas. They use it to heat their homes and to cook.
John Gutierrez 1/14/22 – long time sponsor and donor
Jose de la Rosa 1/31/22 – abuelo
Javier Ramirez 8/7/22 – father and grandfather of students
Chuck Dymer 8/20/22 – student sponsor and donor
Petra Santibanez 11/26/22 – abuela