Manna Project International
MPI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that utilizes the passions and energy of young people to empower developing communities, locally and abroad, through hands-on learning and service.
Our model is a collaborative community-based approach to development. By working within and alongside communities, our volunteers strive to promote each community’s success while simultaneously learning from them. Our approach stresses holistic development, recognizing that the challenges facing these communities are multi-faceted. These challenges must therefore be addressed through a variety of disciplines, as well as a combination of direct service, local leadership, and broader policy change.
We began in Nicaragua with a team made up of young people with backgrounds in education, art, medicine and public health, business, urban planning, and youth team building. Despite broadly diverse political and philosophical views, this group bonded around the desire to help build up a community, and in turn realized that their effectiveness was firmly rooted in their ability to support each other and work together, and thus founded a community. This community is Manna Project, and it has since expanded to include international sites in Ecuador and Guatemala, twelve university campus chapters, and a growing number of international partners.
Our biggest and most active campus chapter is at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. They have over 100 students volunteering locally, fundraise over $40,000/year, and send more than 150 students to volunteer in our international sites annually.
Just like Love, the Bus, we’re just trying to do a little good in the world.
Town (optional): Nashville
State (optional): Tennessee