Manos Unidas International

Building disability inclusive communities across the americas through innovative education, technology and advocacy tools


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Special Upcoming Events

As part of Ayllu’s community engagement opportunities we are proud to offer two open forum with specialists in the coming month — open to the public! These are opportunities for participating families —and you— to hear from experts on a variety of topics. *Forums will be hosted in Spanish with an English translation channel on Zoom.

“Teaching through Music” with Talia Morales
Date: Wednesday, August 11th @  6pm PST

Talia Morales, a music therapist with Coast Music Therapy and San Diego Unified in San Diego, CA., will be teaching practical ways to incorporate music, rhythm and song into a child’s learning.  Born in Peru, Talia uses her musical talents to teach reading, writing, and daily living skills to children on the autism spectrum and with related disabilities. She is about to launch a Spanish curriculum for families, and we invite you meet her and learn about her work. Sign up for the August 11th forum here.

“All Behavior is Communication” with Dr. Andrew Gardner
Date: Wednesday, August 25th @ 6pm PST

Andrew Gardner, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the University of Arizona,  will be speaking about how all behavior is communication. A Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Dr. Gardner is specialized in Functional Communication Training –the science of teaching a child to communicate rather than engage in inappropriate behavior and will bring his expertise to the the table. We are proud to be working with him! Sign up for the August 25th forum here.

Join us in the Camino Nuevo Classroom!

Virtual Camino Nuevo Class Meet and Greet
Date: Friday, August 20th @  12:00pm PST

Join us in one of our virtual Camino Nuevo classrooms! We’re hosting a virtual class meet and greet so that you can see our amazing teachers in action. This is a chance to see for yourself how they’ve adapted to all of the changes that the pandemic has brought to schools across Peru. The virtual tour will engage participants in a mock class session with Professors Juana and Izayda, and give people the chance to ask  teachers, parents, and some students questions. If you would like to join our meet and greet, please sign up here.


12 Latina Women Learn Skills and Receive Support Through Ayllu

12 Latina Women Learn Skills and Receive Support Through Ayllu

Ayllu Test Pilot June 1-September 1 Ayllu, Manos Unidas' newest program, is now six weeks into its research pilot to test its efficacy and outcomes. We have enjoyed working with all 12 of the families involved from Washington State, Mexico and Peru. Our pilot launch...

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Joy Amongst Anxious Times in Peru

Joy Amongst Anxious Times in Peru

Written by Celeste Marion Anxiety, nervousness and exhaustion dominate many Peruvian households at the moment —yet our Manos Unidas Peru teachers persevere, stay connected, and continue teaching their students. As most of the country anxiously awaits their vaccines...

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Ayllu Pilot Launches in June

Ayllu Pilot Launches in June

Our Allyu Global Learning Pilot is set to launch in June! This program has been in the works for a long time, and has involved a team effort to get it up and running. Ayllu is a pilot virtual learning program that aims to work with teachers, disabled children and...

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Manos Unidas Peru

Our Partner Organization

Cusco, Peru

Manos Unidas Peru is a legally registered Peruvian non-profit organization founded in 2008 whose mission is to improve the quality of life of individuals with disabilities by successfully including them within families, regular education schools and vocational settings.

Camino Nuevo School

Founded in 2009, Camino Nuevo is the first private, non profit educational facility in Cusco for special education specializing in autism education and significant disabilities.

Inclusive Education Program

Preparing students to the best of their ability to be included within regular education classrooms and schools.

Phawarispa Program

A Youth Work Training Program; empowering students to integrate into society through work experience.

Manos Unidas Cafe

An inclusive work environment that provides young people with disabilities vocational training and first job experience to increase future employability.

Volunteer in Peru

All volunteer programs are suspended for 2021 due to COVID-19

Interested in a volunteer trip for 2022? Contact us!

Programs for families, students and professionals designed for mutual impact


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