Centro Santa Catalina
The history of Centro Santa Catalina (CSC) reflects a commitment to provide programs that expand nutritional, health, academic, entrepreneurial and life skills that would empower and lift women and children living in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico from abject poverty and social marginalization. The center was founded in 1996 by Sisters Donna Kustusch and Eleanor Stech. It is located in Juarez on the former municipal garbage dump. As they met in prayer with the women, the Sisters learned that the women were looking for ways to earn money to send their children to school and help feed their families.

Causes: Education, Religion, Women's Issues

The Homework Help Program began in 1997. Eight tutors instruct 200+ students a year (grades 1-6) to help them succeed in school. The instruction was enhanced by 20 computers donated by the Mexican foundation FECHAC (Foundation of Chihuahua Businesses) in 2015. These children also are the recipients of classes in dance, music, art, and learning how to play the guitar sponsored by FECHAC (a civil association in Mexico). The Universidad Autonoma de Juarez has also donated free dental care for these children. In view of the violence in Mexico, this program provides a safe haven for children whose parents are working outside the home. Story goes here.

The garden program began in 2004 and was coordinated by CSC staff with the solidarity and supports of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque. Vegetable gardens were planted and supervised at pilot home-cites of local women. In 2016 the CAC provided raised-beds in which the women and children of CSC grow organic vegetables. This project emphasizes the importance of taking care of the land as well as the planting and harvesting of a variety of vegetables.

One building was remodeled to accommodate a kitchen and a dining room in 2019. The children now enjoy a free nutritional lunch five days a week.

Spiritual workshops are frequently provided for the tutors.

The first successful project was a sewing cooperative in 1997, known as the Cooperative of Women of Hope and Faith. The women made scarves, purses, table cloths, shawls, prayer flags, etc. out of beautiful Mexican fabric. These products are sold mostly in the U. S. at conferences, bazaars, parishes, and over the internet.

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Our Goal $10,000
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