|A view of the new Mano Amiga school in Tijuana (Photo courtesy of El Sol de Tijuana).|
Tijuana (Baja California), September 22, 2008. A new Mano Amiga
(Helping Hand) school was opened this past September 9 in
the city of Tijuana—the newest in the successful network of
schools throughout Mexico and Latin America that provide a quality
education to poor children at no cost.
The Tijuana Helping Hands
school opens with 300 students from pre-school age to third
grade and will continue opening more grades each year.
inauguration day, Fr José Antonio Padilla, LC, blessed the new
facilities in the presence of the students, parents, staff, and
various educational officials from the state of Tijuana. Also present
were several representatives from the Homex homebuilders company, which donated
the land and facilities.
Mano Amiga schools are supported by
the fundraising efforts of the Altius Foundation, which is
an international organization created by the Legionaries of Christ. The
Altius Foundation seeks to transform the lives of both students
and their families not only through Mano Amiga schools, but
also through free health services, economic development, and adult education
programs. The goal of all these programs is to strengthen
the family unit and build the infrastructure of local communities
in a lasting way.
To learn more about Mano Amiga schools and
their success rate with underprivileged children, visit the Altius
Foundation web site. Donors who are interested in helping with
these projects are invited to visit the Catholic World
Mission web site for more information.