Cross Catholic Outreach
Light a Single Candle Foundation is honored to continue our partnership with Cross Catholic Outreach in their efforts to bring hope through community development and the love of Christ to some of the most poverty-stricken areas of the world. This year, we worked with CCO on a total of 12 projects in Haiti, Guatemala, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, serving countless beneficiaries:
BND Farms Rural Women’s Farming and Nutrition Program – To improve the farming skills of impoverished women to restore self-sufficiency, as well as improve the nutrition of the children in Maissade, Haiti for 180 beneficiaries.
St. Teresa’s Home Anti-Human Trafficking Program – To provide safe shelter, nutrition and medical, psychological and spiritual care for victims of trafficking in Haiti and reunite them with their families.
Kobanal Haiti Community Konbit – To provide meals for volunteers at 108 communal projects and to purchase seeds, supplies, plowing equipment fuel, and technical assistance fees.
Haiti Education Nutrition Center – To provide support staff salaries for the school, local food and training materials.
St. Joseph the Apparition Support through Education and Nutrition – To provide education and nutrition to 645 children of Gonaives, Haiti and vocational training for 70 mothers.
Santa Rosa Agriculture Program – To provide seeds, tools, starter trees, supplies, workshop expenses, and technical assistance for 330 families in Guatemala.
Light a Single Candle and Cross Catholic Outreach also worked with these other amazing partners:
Amigos for Christ 1 Manzana Income Development Plan – To provide water, technology, capital and staffing to initiate support for 24 farmers to cultivate 44 manzanas of crops for income and create 66 farming jobs in 2020.
Amigos for Christ Nicaragua Plan 7 – To add 3 wells and pumping systems for Los Evanos, Mata de Cana and Santa Barbara, to expand staffing capacity and transportation, implement a Lab Testing area and purchase additional iPads for field research and measurement of yields.
Rainbow Network – To provide transformative programs in education, health, housing and economic development seeking to serve 5,000 individuals in 18 rural communities in San Isidro, Nicaragua.
Fundasep Dominican Republic Community Development Initiative – To provide Christian formation, agricultural development, animal husbandry and dairy production, housing and education for 115 beneficiary families.
Fundasep Dominican Republic Housing Project – To build 45 two- or three-bedroom homes for 45 families, serving over 225 beneficiaries.
Batey Relief Alliance Republic Food Production Solutions for Women – To provide 50 local women in the Dominican Republic with low-interest loans to develop small business activities. To educate, train and organize agricultural workers and community leaders to develop agricultural and livestock production in order to ensure economic self-sufficiency and food security for families and communities.
LASC is pleased to have the privilege of continuing our partnership with Cross International. In 2019, we worked with CI on 11 different projects in the regions of Haiti, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, as well as support for the initiative to advance their mission:
Together in Christ Canaan Orphanage in Haiti – To provide feeding and scholarships to the orphanage and to expand Canaan School.
MEBSH Primary School Counseling Scholarship Education – To provide accelerated primary school education and psychosocial care for 490 children that allows restavek and at-risk-for-restavek students in Haiti to complete six years of education in four years.
C-Tech Scholarship Program in Haiti – To identify and award 34 scholarships for the 2nd semester of the 2018/2019 school year for nursing and technology sciences, and 34 scholarships for the full year 2019/2020.
Casa de Vida Bakery Skills Training – To create a life-skills and income-generating program by beginning an in-house bakery and providing vocational training for 50 women in Guatemala.
Casa Bernabe School Expansion – To build 3 preschool classrooms and a playground for 75 students, ages four to 7 years old in the Casa Bernabe School in Guatemala for the 2020 school year.
Arms of Love Leadership Program – To support the Leadership Training Program with the goal of training staff in essential areas of program management and multi-dimensional trauma, in order to best serve current orphans and vulnerable children in Nicaragua through their programming.
Light a Single Candle and Cross International also worked with these other amazing partners:
Agros Climate Smart Villages in Nicaragua – To help subsistence farmers with a sustainable pathway out of poverty by providing land, tools and training toward income development.
Alfalit, Inc. Literacy Program Level II in Haiti – To provide meals, books, materials, furniture/fixtures, and graduation expenses for 400 women and female youth.
Haiti Opportunities Goat Husbandry for a Sustainable Future – To provide 300 15-year-old children with a female goat and training for developing the herd to provide income generation.
Hope of Life Rescue to Stability Program – To expand the child rescue program to 75 new drought-stricken communities in Guatemala in order to rescue children from starvation with nutrition, medical care and community support.
Hope of Life Village Transformation Microenterprise Program – To provide funding for materials to launch 30 chicken coop businesses in Guatemala.
Food for the Poor
We continue our wonderful partnership with Food for Poor, this year assisting with the crisis in Haiti operational support and in conjunction with efforts from the American Nicaraguan Foundation.
American Nicaragua Foundation Julio Vasquez Nicaragua Community Development Initiative – To provide safe housing, water and sanitation, life skills trainings and access to micro-enterprise opportunities for 160 beneficiary families.
American Nicaragua Foundation El Castillo Nicaragua Coffee – To provide 25 beneficiary farmer families with materials and resources necessary to establish a thriving coffee farm.
American Nicaragua Foundation El Carizzo Horticulture Production – To implement an agriculture program, helping farmers to diversify their production and produce high-value fruits and vegetables for sale in local markets.
Single Program Partners
Light a Single Candle Foundation has the privilege of working with many new and many repeat partners in a common mission to serve the poor. Here are some of our featured projects:
Lifewise Economic Mobility Program in St. Louis, MO – To expand its financial coaching services and provide additional match funding for its financial stability and asset building programs.
Lifewise Financial Coach in St. Louis, MO – To provide funding for a Financial Coach to serve low-income and ethnic minorities living in St. Louis City in a Financial Stability Services program.
Beyond Housing’s Housing Resource Program in St. Louis, MO – To expand our current Housing Resource Coordination work with a greater emphasis on homeownership acquisition.
The Collective Thread Training and Small Batch Manufacturing in St. Louis, MO – To move and set up a modular commercial sewing system in the manufacturing facility. This system increases employment of women and grows the sewing training and employment offerings.
Unleashing Potential Family Support Specialist – To help fund a Family Support Specialist position in order to further the mission of this organization.
Lift for Life Gym Tutor & Summer Camp Expansion in St. Louis – To provide 15 to 20 members with tutoring, fitness programs for afterschool hours and expansion of Summer Camp programming.
Wyman Center STL Normandy Youth Leadership Expansion – To provide Teen Outreach Program (TOP) to 6th, 7th and 8th graders in the new “Ele-Middle model” in Normandy.
Care to Learn in St. Louis, MO – To meet emergent needs in the areas of health, hunger, and hygiene in the Hazelwood school district ages PreK – 12th grade.
Tabernacle Community Development STL Hub Center Building – To support the building renovation and construction of The Hub, a community center that will provide a safe space for residents to connect with needed resources to aid in the overall stabilization and health development of families.
St. Louis Public Schools Foundation Early Childhood Education – To support the recent addition of a fifth early childhood classroom at Wilkinson Early Childhood Center.
St. Louis Public Schools Foundation College & Career Readiness Specialist – To support a College Specialist at McKinley Classical Leadership Academy for an additional 39 high school seniors and 69 juniors.
Father’s Support Center Family Formation Program– St. Louis, MO – To increase parents’, especially fathers’, emotional and financial support of their children and families through child support management, parenting skills, healthy relationships, effective communication, job readiness and employability.
Elevate St. Louis After School Mentoring Program – To help grow the student mentoring program by hiring an additional 4 teacher mentors.
Heifer Project International Nicaragua – To increase income and promote resiliency to climate change for 4,500 families in 10 municipalities living in the dry corridor.
Supply Hope Fresco Mercado Scaling to Sustainability – Nicaragua – To fund start-up costs for equipment, training and support for 25 new Fresco Express micro-franchise operators to provide them with a means of support for their families.
Xela Aid Women’s Empowerment Project in Guatemala – To provide economic development, education and training, food and nutrition support, and health and mental health support to empower women and families to become self-reliant.
Help for Haiti One Hen Adult Entrepreneurship Program – To provide education, training and startup capital for approximately 100 to 125 participants in Haiti to enable them to start a small business as a means of support their families and their community.
Free the Slaves Restavek Poverty Relief Intervention – To implement an 18-month graduation program (PAMM) for 10 families that will help the most desperate families move out of extreme poverty and prevent the incidence of Restavek slavery in Haiti.
Strategies for International Development – To provide training and technical assistance that helps poor farmers develop their entrepreneurial skills and build family-farm businesses. Farmers learn how to increase productivity, increase the price they earn from coffee, and increase their income.
International Lifeline Fund D&E Pilot Savings by Consumption – To reduce food insecurity in Haiti by making basic staples more accessible and cheaper for the most vulnerable population while creating automatic, effortless savings that will in turn allow people to access other basic services necessary to break the cycle of poverty.