Holy Cross Anglican School
Holy Cross Anglican Primary School in San Pedro, Belize was built through the gifts and talents of many volunteers and it is donors and volunteers who continue to sustain the school. Holy Cross sits at the entry to the San Mateo neighborhood, one of the poorest in all of Belize. It is the only school on the island of Ambergris Caye that permits students who cannot pay tuition to attend classes.
Holy Cross is only as strong as its supporters. Now in its 12th year of educating the most disadvantaged of San Pedro’s children, we have seen how even the smallest involvement has a positive and noticeable impact on the students’ experience, health, and education.
While donors and volunteers have already helped make Holy Cross a special place, there is always more to do. Please see the list below for ideas on how you can share in our work. The list is not comprehensive. All ideas are welcome.
How can you help?
Organize an outreach trip to HCAS
HCAS is sustained and has grown as a result of many hours of volunteer effort. All ages are welcome to come and assist at the school. Consider helping as a tutor, with the latest building project, share your organizational skills, prepare a meal or paint a classroom. There is no better way to get to know HCAS.
Examples of past trips: a team of doctors volunteered their time for basic health care for the students, a group of youth helped build eco-friendly bathrooms, others provided summer school lessons in literacy and math, teams have lead vacation Bible school programs, groups have helped with the annual repainting of classrooms. Those skilled in carpentry have built classrooms, applied roofing and repaired decking and shutters. The list goes on.
Whatever your talent or skill we can find a place to make good use of it.
The Feeding Program
HCAS students receive a hot lunch every day. For some students, this may be the only meal they receive for the day. The feeding program is unique for Ambergris Caye, most schools dismiss for 90 minutes and the children roam about town. The kitchen at Holy Cross is staffed by five local woman, all who either have children attending the school or whose children graduated from Holy Cross. These women take great pride in providing nutritionally balanced meals to the more than 450 students. However, obtaining meal components can be expensive due to the fact that the school is on an island and everything must come from mainland Belize on a barge.
Sponsor the feeding program through a donation drive, by writing a grant application, or helping to find a means to less expensive food for the school. A gift of just $25 a month feeds a child for one school year. Recurring donation options are available on this site’s donation page.
Sponsor a Student
For just $495 YOU can sponsor a student’s entire year of schooling. Student sponsorship has proven to be a key motivating factor in students’ success at school.
Write a grant
Does your church or organization make grants as part of their outreach program? HCAS is funded by donations, so grants are a viable means for you to help insure that the children of San Pedro have access to quality education, which translates to a more positive and productive future.
Volunteer your talents and think outside the box
Your unique skill set can improve HCAS. Wind and solar energy specialists have volunteered their expertise to help get green energy to the school, educational personnel have helped improve and innovate the schools’ curriculum, dentists impact HCAS students with improved overall physical health, advocates of the school have published articles and videos to spread the word, youth have had pancake breakfasts to help fund the school
Think outside the box and let us know if there is a way you would like to help!
You can click here if you would like to support this important work with a donation today!