Manna Project International

Manna Project International ( MPI ) is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit registered in Nashville, Tennessee . MPI’s mission is “to foster communities of young adults and encourage them to use their passions and education in service to communities in need.” Through teams of college graduates committed to living and working together for one year in a Developing Country (currently Nicaragua and Ecuador ), MPI seeks to catalyze bottom-up change in resource-scarce communities.

MPI was founded in 2004 outside Managua, Nicaragua , by a handful of graduates mostly from Vanderbilt University . Since then, MPI has expanded to Quito, Ecuador , and to eight other university campuses.

In Nicaragua, community programs include:

  • After-school literacy
  • After-school math
  • English classes
  • Creative arts
  • Health education program
  • Women’s health and exercise
  • Child sponsorship [1]
  • Preschool
  • Feeding program
  • Community center development
  • Sports and recreation
  • Educational scholarships
  • microfinance
  • Health clinic development

Partners in Nicaragua include Alongside Ministries, [2] the Gutierrez family, [3] Project HOPE (USA) , and Worcester State College .

At the Ecuador website, programs include:

  • Career skills and computer literacy classes
  • Adult English
  • Youth English
  • After-school homework help
  • Children’s Art
  • Children’s Nutrition Programs at Local Elementary Schools
  • Adult Nutrition & Cooking classes
  • Yoga and Zumba
  • Children’s Dance classes
  • Health classes for children and adults

Partners in Ecuador include Hogar de la Madre Soltera, Esperanza and Progreso del Valle: Cooperativa de Ahorro y Credito, the United Nation’s Peacekeepers, Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas, Colegio Chaupitena, Colegio Fajardo, and Antorcha de la Vida.


  1. Jump up^ MPI Child Sponsorship Program
  2. Jump up^ Alongside Ministries
  3. Jump up^ Amanda y Thomas

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