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Malawian students benefit from a backpack distribution conducted by our local partner, the Diocese of Karonga.

Education Impact Update

Empowering the Next Generation to Transform Their Communities

An Education can mean the difference between a community flourishing or falling deeper into poverty. The United Nations says the global poverty rate could be cut in half if all adults completed a secondary education.

But what matters is not just the diploma. New opportunities and greater prosperity depend on the quality of the education the diploma represents. Sadly, for about 7 in 10 children in low- and middle-income countries, the quality of educational programs in poor communities falls short, and many children there fail to achieve even basic reading and math skills, which keeps them from reaching their full potential later in life.

Last year, Cross Catholic Outreach and its supporters linked arms with our ministry partners in 15 countries to give children the quality education they deserve. This was accomplished by providing meals, building classrooms, distributing scholarships, funding teacher salaries, and supporting education at multiple levels — preschool, primary, secondary, vocational and even college.

Fiscal Year 2023 Impact

41
Grants
15
Countries
Grants Provided
4,692
Scholarships Awarded
184
Teachers’ Salaries Provided
6
CLASSROOMS BUILT

HIGHLIGHTED EDUCATION PROJECT

Diocese of Santa Rosa de Lima

Secondary school graduates stand together in their caps and gowns.
The class of 2023 graduates from the new Catholic school in the Diocese of Santa Rosa de Lima.

For many Guatemalan families, there are no good schools to rely on — either public or private.

Where private schools exist, they are cost-prohibitive, and public alternatives are typically overcrowded, underfunded and short of basic supplies, including textbooks. Even if parents can put their children in public school, the burden of purchasing classroom supplies is often too great. After all, most of these families earn just a few dollars a day! This leads many parents to lose hope and pull their kids out of school entirely.

Concerned about this education gap, we recently partnered with Caritas Santa Rosa to establish a private Catholic secondary school called Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Technological School, where about 125 students are now receiving a quality faith-based education.

Last year, our faithful donors continued their support by funding operating costs, including teacher and administrative salaries, school facility maintenance, and office supplies and services. This support empowered the school to enroll children who could not otherwise afford such a quality education. As a result, lives are being transformed and excitement can be seen in the students and teachers who feel blessed to be part of this Christ-centered community.

Fast Facts

History

Cross Catholic Outreach’s relationship with the Diocese of Santa Rosa de Lima began in 2013, when the Pontifical Council Cor Unum (now merged into the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development) paired us with the diocese to help homeless earthquake survivors.

Scholarships

In addition to funding an affordable education at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Technological School, we helped provide 70 scholarships for local students at other schools.

Faith Formation

Students at the new primary school participated in Eucharistic celebrations and faith formation classes and even formed their own small faith communities as part of the diocese’s People’s Holy Missions outreach.

Other Outreaches

In addition to education, Cross Catholic Outreach partners with the diocese to provide housing, food, agricultural support and the training of lay ministers.

Donations from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures for this project incurred through June 30, 2025, the close of our ministry’s fiscal year. In the event that more funds are raised than needed to fully fund the project, the excess funds, if any, will be used to meet the most urgent needs of the ministry.