The COVID-19 pandemic forced 1 billion children out of school, depriving access to nutritious meals. In what is being called the worst economic fallout since the Great Depression, workers were left unemployed, supply chains were disrupted and millions were thrust into food insecurity, making an already difficult situation dire.
At our partner missions, people lined up daily for food distribution. Through your purchases and donations, we made a big difference to God’s people, who had great need this past year. Read more in the highlights below.
Thank you for your support!
Basilian Mission in Cali, Colombia
We donated $8,400 to the Basilian Fathers’ mission in Cali, Colombia, for the INSA school, located in one of the poorest barrios in Cali, and the humanitarian assistance program, which experienced great need due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Basilian Mission in Medellin, Colombia
100% of funds raised from the sale of crosses made by youths in the job skills program were reinvested into the program in Medellin. We also supported the humanitarian assistance program, responding to escalating need during the pandemic, for a total gift of $5,600 to this Basilian Mission.
Our Lady of Grace in Kenya
We distributed $14,943 through the Dominican Sisters to Our Lady of Grace School in Kenya. The funds were used to feed the school children, families and staff while school was not in session and to fund a government-mandated classroom expansion for younger children.
St. Anne School Foundation
We donated $1,500 to the St. Anne’s School Foundation in Houston, Texas, to support the Fr. John Robbins Bourse Scholarship, which offers tuition assistance to families of diversity with financial need.
We donated $500 to The Spiritan Foundation for chapel repairs at the Spiritan seminary in Nigeria. With your support, we hope to do more to benefit Spiritan missions serving children and their families most in need through education and job skills training this year.
“We find ourselves afraid and lost. Like the disciples in the Gospel we were caught off guard by an unexpected, turbulent storm. We have realized that we are on the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and needed, all of us called to row together, each of us in need of comforting the other.”—Pope Frances, on the occasion of the Urbi et Orbi Blessing, March 2020