Founded in 2007, MANOS is an organization of undergraduate William & Mary students from diverse academic and personal backgrounds working with the community of Chaguite, located in northern Nicaragua.

We take a multi-faceted approach to international development, using ethnographic data to address community-identified health issues.

We believe that understanding the community using sociology and public health research methods is the best way to reach the goal of improved community health.

We see the community as partners in research rather than subjects of research.

Sustainable community development is the ultimate goal of MANOS, but we acknowledge that this involves encouraging empowerment of our partner community to be agents of their own development.

Membership in MANOS is an academic commitment involving a three-credit seminar taken every semester upon joining the team. We are advised by Professor David Aday.