Manuel, born on December 31st, 1999, joined VISEDAL in 2009. Early on, he struggled with his classes because he liked to play instead of go to school. Now that he has learned the importance of his schooling, he has become a very responsible young man and older brother. His younger brother, Davíd, joined VISEDAL in 2011 and always follows Manuel's example. Manuel now is an usher in his church and helps with events. He is best friends with another scholar, Kevin Davíd. Manuel loves to play sports and would love to play for his neighborhood's baseball team someday, just like his dad. He enjoys his Spanish class at school because he is learning a lot and feeling more intelligent. He also enjoys playing soccer in the street with his friends. His favorite foods are hamburgers and soup with eggs and potatoes. Manuel enjoys celebrating his birthday at home with his family. Manuel looks forward to becoming even more intelligent so he can get a job and work very hard.