"Every group solicits funds. Every organization claims that its mission is the true one. And good people become compassion-fatigued, grown callous to pleas for help out of the conviction that the world’s problems are so large one person cannot possibly make a difference. But they do, and Canterbury needs that help.
The only chains that a person cannot escape are the chains of ignorance and illiteracy, of not dreaming dreams because they did not know they could. For the students at Holy Cross School in San Pedro, Belize, every dollar that we can raise for scholarships for them is one less child going through life without the light and hope given by an education. San Mateo, the community which Holy Cross serves, is the most impoverished town in Belize. Most residents earn about $20 a day, hardly enough to cover the tuition and fees for schooling. Holy Cross is the only school in the area which provides year-round, quality education through the eighth grade. Every other year, Canterbury makes a pilgrimage to the school to make physical repairs to the grounds, interact with the students, and make as much of a difference as we can. Caitlyn Darnell, current junior warden of Canterbury, found that Holy Cross is more than a blackboard and a few desks; “The school is the children’s refuge from their poverty. In it they can learn about the world outside of the island, and they can dream of growing up to be anything because their education gives them the foundation for living out their dreams”. She personally befriended a young girl by the name of Yoseline, a deaf student who told her through American Sign Language that she wanted to learn as much as she could in the hopes of someday returning to the island as a doctor. Education means hope, and we need your help to give these children hope."
- Caitlyn Darnell, 2013 Gala co-Chair, Events coordinator
Canterbury Episcopal Campus Ministry
To fund this mission, Canterbury held its 7th annual black tie gala on February 2nd, 2013. The event featured a live band, dancing, gourmet catering, and a silent auction. All proceeds went directly to scholarships for students at Holy Cross. Moreover, with the proceeds from this past fundraiser, we were able to completely fund the resources to build the foundations of a new outdoor pavilion for the school, as well as to paint the roof of the school white.
In addition to raising funds on behalf of Holy Cross, Canterbury also runs a concession stand at the Williamsburg Grand Illumination every year. The proceeds from that fundraiser go to subsidize the costs of the trip for Canterbury. All other donations go into our Scholarship and Support fund to be given to Holy Cross.
We at Canterbury feel so blessed and thankful for the opportunity to spread the love and generosity of our community, and we humbly request your partnership in this community.
For more information on Holy Cross Anglican School, please visit their website here.
For more information on the San Mateo community, please see this article.
$15 per day feeds a child.
For many children in the San Mateo community, it may be the only meal they get for the day.
$360 per year feeds and educates a child.
$750 will scholarship a graduating 8th grader for their first full year of high school.