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By mid-March, we realized Covid-19 had arrived in our tiny fishing village in northern Manabi. The lack of any health system or response services puts us in an extremely vulnerable situation. Our only way out was total and absolute isolation. So we bid our international volunteers good by and sadly shut down the Library. The curfew was at 6 pm,...

It is the last sunset we share with Emilie (France) and Alberto (Spain). During their fruitful volunteering with us, we have become allies and friends. This energetic, enthusiastic couple worked tirelessly and way beyond their obligations to make sure the most vulnerable population in this tiny fishing village was imbued with a sense of self-worth...

Picture a young donkey on the beach, his pannier packed with colorful children's books. As he steps over the rubble and devastation left by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake, his bell calls out to the children left homeless to come and read, and, for a brief moment, forget the desperate situation around them. This was the beginning of what, two years...

Last December, the campaign for the Biblio-bus of A mano Manaba that Randi Randi Group Corporation sponsored, was awarded the "Vetted Organization" certification by Global Giving. This is the first and largest collective financing organization in the world. After the efforts made, this certification allows FAMM to offer its partners and donors a...

On Saturday, September 16, Ruben Darío Romero, and a group of young theater performers from the scenic "Chi-Vaz" movement in Portoviejo, arrived in Don Juan with the scenic proposal "The Queen of Terrible Genius".

On August 15, after the official launch in Quito on July 28, María Espinosa presented the book Chronicles of an Earthquake in Don Juan. This publication collects the testimonies of different actors related to the quake 7.8 that struck Manabí on April 16, 2016. The purpose of this «Choir of Voices» is to gather in a book the different perspectives...

On March 4th a group of volunteers from Metrofraternidad (a partner NGO of the prestigious private Hospital Metropolitano in Quito) with the logistic support of A mano manaba and the community carried out a medical brigade in Don Juan. From distant villages of Jama canton families arrived to the little school in Don Juan to receive...

During the months of December, January and February Fabián Ramírez, a Colombian volunteer lived and worked in Don Juan. Among the many knowledge that Fabian brought was the acrobatics on canvas. In the afternoon, amid the dazzling greenery of the Manaite winter, Fabian, his girlfriend Jenna and the children gathered under the cool shadow of the...