Founded in July of 1998 by Mariano Rivera and his wife Clara, the mission of The Mariano Rivera Foundation is to share with the community a portion of the blessings which God has bestowed on them and their family. The childhood challenges faced by the Rivera’s have been the inspiration for them to focus on the needs of children in similar situations. These needs include education, health and wellness and social and economic development in the local community. The Foundation exemplifies their mission statement by providing scholarships to qualified youth and sponsoring youth centers and churches that implement educational programs which benefit underprivileged families in their communities. The heartfelt intent of the foundation is to see that every effort and activity creates an everlasting impression on each life touched.
What We Are Doing
Currently the Mariano Rivera Foundation is sponsoring computer houses in two different underprivileged communities in Panama. The program teaches children how to use computers and prepares them for future challenges in the world of technology. In the United States 585 of every 1,000 people own computers although we represent just 15% of the world’s population. In many Latin American Countries only 1 out of every 1,000 people own computers. We are assisting in the rebuilding of 4 school buildings in the interior of the country in addition to a restoration project on a historical church in New Rochelle, NY so that it can become a community center. These, and projects like them, provide education, food, and supplies to local communties. The Foundation continues to support a number of hospitals, churchs, community centers, and other organizations that are further detailed under Helping Hands.
What the Future Holds
- Creating youth centers for children and teens in impoverished communities.
- Supplying basic equipment and essentials to youth both local and abroad.
- Providing financial assistance to underprivileged students who show promise