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Issue 1, Vol. 2 January 2011
President's Message
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As I reflect on 2010, I can only be humbled by the progress of Project Mañana -- and it's all THANKS TO YOU!

For the past two years, my wife and I have dreamt of starting an international organization dedicated to helping those in need -- especially children. Throughout that time, obstacles and financial hurdles threatened our dream; and, at times, we thought Project Mañana might not become a reality. (I'm so glad we were wrong!)

Well, fast-forward to the present and Project Mañana is very much alive and very healthy. With a planned “grand opening” scheduled for 2011, I just couldn't wait and wanted to get a “jump start”. So, with approval from our Board of Directors, Project Mañana official opened its doors three months early on September 30, 2010 (my late mother's birthday).

Within the first month, Project Mañana went from an idea to a living organization. Sponsors, financial partners, and friends all came together and invested in this collective project. Thanks to their faith and generosity, Project Mañana's two core programs (education and nutrition) were launched immediately.

Project Mañana was created as a tool for people who desire to help better the lives of impoverished children, their families, and communities. It's simple...we're just a group of ordinary people, working together today to achieve extraordinary results tomorrow.

Working Together Today For A Better Tomorrow™


Brian Berman, Founder & President


Project Comida ("Food") Update

As the children of the Project Mañana Private School returned to their first day of class after Christmas break, they were greeted with a HUGE surprise...

On Tuesday, January 11, 2011, Project Comida (meaning "food") officially launched and provided a nutritious breakfast to all of the students in the nutrition program!

Before the meal was served, Juan D'Leon and his staff of amazing teachers (along with Jenny Luz, Project Mañana's Dominican Coordinator) gathered the students into one of the classrooms. After they sat down and were attentive, Juan explained that thanks to God and generous Americas, each student would receive a meal every day they come to school.

The children cheered and screamed...and Jenny says, "you could just feel the excitement."

The first meal was chosen from a Dominican favorite: Bread, Sliced Ham, Cheese, and Juice. Many of the children even got creative and made a sandwich out of the items.

Project Comida is a crucial and cornerstone program for Project Mañana and is designed to meet each child's most basic need -- nutrition. However, this program is also designed to encourage children to avoid being absent from school. Teaching discipline is also a key component of Project Comida. Before the children are served, they must find a seat, fold their hands, and remain quiet. Then, as a group, the children sing a song and pray. These simple steps are helping to bring discipline and organization in the children's classrooms; where a normally chaotic environment is now transforming into a place where each child can pay attention and learn.

Currently there are 41 students enrolled in the nutrition program and funding is all thanks to the generous sponsors who have partnered with Project Mañana. As additional funds become available when more children are sponsored, Project Mañana is already prepared to scale the nutrition program, as needed.

If you haven't sponsored a child, yet -- we kindly ask you to consider doing so right away.

For less than $1 per day, you can dramatically change the life and health of an impoverished child. It's so simply...why not get involved and sponsor a child TODAY!

By design, 100% of all sponsorship funds (and donations) go directly to the program. Project Mañana does not use any funds for administrative fees, travel, or salaries. When you sponsor a child, you'll have the peace-of-mind knowing that your money is managed with the utmost integrity.

Please Help. Sponsor A Child TODAY!

Cincinnati Rock Band Joins Project Mañana!
In their own words…

Hey everyone! We're a rock band called Mosteller from Cincinnati, Ohio, and we're so excited to be joining the team at Project Mañana.  We got our start in the fall of 2008, and since then we've existed to create and lead music that brings people into contact with the Spirit of the Living Christ, in order to glorify Him and advance His kingdom on earth.  Every year we are blessed to be able to travel, play music, and lead worship for thousands of students and adults throughout the United States.

In 2010 we began to feel the burden of intentionally and personally partnering with an organization that was running after the people on this earth for the sake of Christ.  Recently, a friend of ours, Dan McSwain (who is a board member with Project Mañana), told us about this organization and what it was doing for impoverished children in the Dominican Republic. We were immediately excited and intrigued!

It was Jesus who showed us that we must go to people and serve their personal and immediate needs. And, we believe wholeheartedly that Project Mañana is doing exactly that!

Nutrition, education, and guidance are desperate and daily needs in the community of La Yaguita de Pastor, Dominican Republic -- and we are joining Project Mañana to do all we can to serve those needs.  We are so excited about the future, and honored to be a part of this.  From now on when people hear the music of Mosteller, we want them to hear the laughter from the children and families whose lives are being changed by Project Mañana.

We urge you to join us. Please sponsor a child TODAY!


Justin, Michael, Jeremy

Project Niños - Child Highlight
Meet Skerlyn Hernandez Martinez -- an outgoing and highly intelligent 4th grade student attending classes at Project Mañana's Private School.

Skerlyn's story is slightly different than some of the other children who have been highlighted in our past newsletters.

You see, this may be Skerlyn's last year of school. Although Project Mañana's Private School is licensed from preschool through 8th grade, lack of funding before Project Mañana partnered with the school has caused the school's administration to make the painful decision to cut classes and downsize -- offering classes from preschool through 4th grade only.

Without the much needed funding, there won't be a 5th grade class for Skerlyn to enroll in next school year (which starts this August 2011).

Skerlyn and his 4th grade classmates desperately need sponsorship, or they may not have the opportunity to continue with their education past the 4th grade. This is an urgent and desperate situation that needs your help!

Project Mañana is fully prepared to open a 5th grade class next school year, however it can't be done without the proper funding -- And, that's where you can help.

There is good news! Through Project Mañana's sponsorship program, Skerlyn and his classmates have the opportunity to continue with their education if sponsors are willing to partner with them. Sponsorship is so simple and costs less than $1 per day.

When you sponsor Skerlyn (or one of his classmates), he is guaranteed a private education and a nutritious meal, 5 days per week.

Additionally, Skerlyn has been partnered-up with an adult mentor to help guide him through everyday situations, questions, hopes, dreams, and fears.

Skerlyn is in desperate need of a sponsor and he would love it to be YOU!

Please visit Project Mañana's website to read more about Skerlyn and the other children in desperate need of sponsorship. You can easily sponsor a child online, by fax, or by mail.

Click Here to Learn More About Sponsorship

 Project Mañana Needs Your Help!
Project Mañana is a non-profit 501(c)3 humanitarian organization dedicated to bettering the lives of impoverished children, their families and communities through nutrition, education, and guidance.

We achieve our goals through charitable donations and child sponsorship, which unites children in need with individual sponsors who wish to address the children's immediate and basic needs. Sponsorship gives poor children the tools and opportunities necessary for success by providing benefits and supporting programs for each child - primarily in the areas of education and nutrition.

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