Originating from Mexico, the Mano Amiga school system began in 1963 and has grown to 40 schools all over the world over the last 50 years. The success of the Mano Amiga model is evident through the students who graduate. 97% of scholars around the world are able to finish high school and pursue higher levels of education. Their alumni go on to achieve careers in medicine, law, business, finance, engineering, and education.
In the Philippines, the first Mano Amiga school opened in 2008 at a small temporary campus in Taguig City to provide underprivileged children access to high quality education. It started with only 35 preschool students. Since then Mano Amiga has evolved into a community development center providing access to livelihood, teacher training, and other education programs.
Over the years the school has helped about 700 families and has provided 1,000 scholarships to the marginalized children and youth.
The school has now transferred to a new building in Parañaque City. At present only 24% of students are fully paying, the rest are either on full or partial scholarships.