Manna Project International stemmed from a desire to increase awareness and aid of the street-kid crisis in many Central and South American countries. In March 2003, a group of Vanderbilt University students spent their spring break living and working with street kids in Lima, Peru. Deeply moved and motivated to do something about the tragic but common plight, a dialogue began stateside about a response to their experience.
Based on the success and impact made during the Peru trip, the Vanderbilt students embraced the idea of "communities serving communities" and sought to establish an organization committed to developing this concept. Since its establishment as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in January of 2004, MPI has continued to bring together groups of passionate young individuals to work alongside one another towards the common goal of holistic community development. Officers
Tim Thomson-Chapter President
Justin De Biasio-Treasurer
Sofia Wilson-Director of International Projects
Leah Milbauer-Director of Fundraising
Filipe Dest-Director Culture and Awareness
Alexa Monroy-Director of Local Projects
Alex Spruiell-Director of Publicity
Donald DePass-Secretary
Richard Bracken-Webmaster