A mano Manaba Intercultural Center


The “A mano Manaba Intercultural Center” will replace the precarious bamboo structure where we have been working since the earthquake. It will offer a wide and inclusive shelter for a library, training space, fitness center, meeting space, cooking workshops, ceramics classes, and more. It will also support work initiatives and projects from our neighbors in Don Juan and Jama county. The Center will be built with bamboo and wood, adhering to seismic resistant practices and in accordance with ancestral technology.

We launched a fundraising campaign on GlobalGiving to finance the construction of the Intercultural Center. Join us by lending your support!

A mano Manaba Foundation

In Manabí, social dynamics can be summed up as such: A “manaba” (a native of Manabí)  won’t be at ease until he has returned a favor. And that way, once we are even (“a mano”), we move forward hand by hand (“de la mano”). Our name reflects upon social mores in Manabí where neighbors are compelled to  return a received favor in order to be even or “a mano” from then on, we  move forward on a mutual helping hand dynamic.

A mano Manaba foundation has devoted itself to create a culture of collaboration among the residents of Don Juan. We opened up a space in the middle of a small fishing village in northern Manabí to offer formal and informal educational programs, to provide spaces where neighbors can meet to discuss their common problems and possible solutions, and to invite instructors and teachers that recognize and value the potential for intercultural endeavors.

We are rebuilding life after the earthquake through the strengthening of the manabita culture, its ancestral knowledge, and the appreciation of its natural and cultural environment for the full development of its future potential.

We were designated as a “vetted organization” by the crowdfunding website GlobalGiving together with Randi Randi, an organization that offered us their institutional assistance for our first fundraising campaign on the site.



Would you like to get to know the Manaba culture and collaborate in a community project? Say no more! Tell us what you can help with and visit Don Juan as a volunteer.