PLANS 2016

December 2015 Email
Dear Manitos Community:

Big changes are in store for Manitos in 2016—and big plans…

In the first two meetings of our newly elected board—and over a sociable lunch in late November at the wonderful Queens restaurant “I Love Paraguay”—we have decided to move forward on several fronts.

  •  The board has voted to explore acquiring land and building a hostel for the children (and their families) undergoing long-term treatment at the National Cancer Institute—many of whom are currently sleeping on floors or wherever they can find space. Working with our in-country partners, we have identified a tract of land with a foundation already laid very near the hospital and made preliminary inquiries about purchasing and developing it.
  •  Working in conjunction with our consultants, the Foundation Group, we have submitted all the paperwork to the IRS to incorporate as a non-profit entity under provision 501(c)3, meaning that we will handle all our own donations and accounts going forward. We hope for final approval early in 2016.
  • Claire and Richard hope to visit Paraguay this winter, to assess the potential site for the hostel and to explore new partnerships in-country.

As always, your  tax deductible donations to Manitos go a very long way. Please consider a gift to us in this holiday season.

Manitos Paraguay

All the best wishes for the holidays,

Claire and Richard