Providing education is essential to our process of helping children. In fact, it is the primary way we can break the cycle of poverty that has plagued their families for generations. A quality education sharpens problem-solving abilities, builds job skills and stimulates lifelong learning, and the economic benefits it provides are staggering. Those who are educated gain a global average of a 9% increase in hourly wages for each year of additional classwork they complete.
Unfortunately, 258 million children are not enrolled in school worldwide.
In developing countries, poor children often go without education because their parents can neither afford tuition nor provide their children with the necessary uniforms. That’s why Cross Catholic Outreach is committed to empowering Catholic education initiatives, allowing every child to succeed. In fiscal year 2021, your support funded 90 education projects in 16 countries. Cross Catholic Outreach sponsored projects such as school construction; primary, secondary and university scholarships; teachers’ salaries; feeding programs; boarding houses; and much more. In Peru, your support helped the Heart of Jesus School, run by the Jesuits of Peru, to feed students and their families while school was unable to operate in person due to pandemic restrictions, and to provide teachers’ salaries.