Bring Even More Joy to Children in Need

Give the gift of education and help lift children out of poverty

You showed your big heart for children in need by sending them Christmas gifts through our Box of Joy ministry. Now you have an opportunity to make an even bigger difference by helping provide these very children with the life-changing gift of an education.

Giving the gift of an education puts poor children on a path out of poverty. Sadly, so few poor children have this opportunity despite their willingness or ability to learn. That’s because many impoverished families cannot afford to send their children to school. In other cases, instead of going to classes, the son or daughter is asked to take on other duties, such as working in the fields or gathering water. When parents are poor, they feel forced to pursue basic survival rather than invest in their children’s futures.

Cross Catholic Outreach believes in equipping the next generation with education and blessing them through spiritual formation. By supporting our education programs, you will be helping missionary priests and religious sisters give the priceless gift of an education to children in desperate need. Through education, you can transform lives!

Lasting Change for Guatemala's Children

Last Christmas, you helped bless impoverished children in Santa Rosa de Lima in Guatemala with over 16,000 Boxes of Joy. But Box of Joy was just the beginning. In serving the poor, we don’t want to stop at delivering gifts. Through education, we can bring lasting hope and transformation to these poor children and their communities.

Image of Jose, arm extended In prayer

The Importance of Education

José Manuel Cian wasn’t always the bright student he is today. Years ago, he was unable to even attend classes in his rural Guatemalan school because he lacked the proper identification papers.

Thanks to his godmother, José now has his papers and is advancing well in his studies. But without his scholarship, he would not be able to afford tuition costs.

Your gift to our general education fund will help provide scholarships for at-risk children such as José, who would otherwise miss out on an education. With your help, we can keep students in school.

José’s Prayer

Lord Jesus,

I thank you for opening doors, and I ask you to take care of my godmother, my father and my mother, and ask that you protect them in your divine hands. Help me, Lord Jesus, so that I can get ahead, also to study hard and to finish this school year. I also thank you, Lord Jesus, for the scholarship, and for my godmother, and for my uncles and aunts, and I ask God to protect all those who are helping us. Lastly, I ask you, Lord Jesus, for the gift of a new school. I praise you day and night and ask that you protect us from all evil and from every evil temptation.


41% of Guatemalan students

drop out of school before ninth grade

your support helps keep them in school

The Need for Catholic Education

Hundreds of Santa Rosa’s children squeeze into a crumbling building that is overcrowded, creating an atmosphere that interferes with the students’ ability to focus on their studies. Despite this, students are eager to learn. They come because there is no alternative.

A dedicated priest in the area, Father Raúl Monterroso, wants more for the diocese’s children such as José. He dreams of constructing the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School and covering tuition costs for more than 80 students in desperate need.

Your support of our education programs helps turn dreams like Fr. Raúl’s into realities. You can change the trajectory of the lives of poor children around the world who would otherwise miss out on an education.

Help Fund Catholic Education and Scholarships

The best way to break the vicious cycle of poverty is through education. Catholic social teaching informs us of a child’s right to education and our responsibility to support their rights. You can provide a Catholic education to students such as José in Santa Rosa and other children around the world. Your generous contribution to Cross Catholic Outreach’s education programs will provide impoverished children with access to a better future and a reason to hope.

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Cross Catholic Outreach

Our mission is to mobilize the global Catholic Church to transform the poor and their communities materially and spiritually for the glory of Jesus Christ. Your gift empowers us to serve the poorest of the poor by channeling life-changing aid through an international network of dioceses, parishes and Catholic missionaries. This cost-effective approach helps to break the cycle of poverty and advance Catholic evangelization.

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Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures for education programs incurred through June 30, 2020, the close of our ministry’s fiscal year. In the event that more funds are raised than needed to fully fund general education programs, the excess funds, if any, will be used to meet the most urgent needs of the ministry.