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Mano Amiga Chalco, Mexico

Mano Amiga Chalco

Mano Amiga Chalco is located just outside of Mexico City in Valle de Chalco Solidaridad, an impoverished community with a population for 275,000 inhabitants. The average monthly family income is less than US$333 and only 36% of adults have completed elementary school.

When it was founded in 1993, Mano Amiga Chalco offered preschool and first grade classes. Today, it is educating more than 900 preschool through high school students.

In 2007, Mano Amiga Chalco’s elementary school students placed in the 90th percentile in the state on the national ENLACE exams and its middle school students placed in the 97th percentile.

Donations have funded scholarships, the construction of an auditorium, a baseball field, a soccer field and a playground, and the launch of the Amiga Cartonera program at Mano Amiga Chalco.

Albert Einstein Instituto Israelita de Ensino e Pesquisa, Brazil

Albert Einstein Instituto Israelita de Ensino e Pesquisa

The Albert Einstein Israeli Institute of Teaching and Research was founded in 1987 to train nursing assistants to help meet the great demand for health care professionals in Brazil.

Recognizing the shortage of skilled professionals due to rapid scientific and technological advances, the Institute created a technical nursing degree program in 2000 and lab technician, pharmacy and hospitality technical degree programs in 2003.

Donations are enabling students at the Institute with the greatest financial need to acquire valuable technical skills that will help them secure gainful employment.