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Outreach Projects

Every year, STA staff and students invite you to be part of several major local and global outreach projects:

 
Thanksgiving Food Drive (for local families)
Christmas Angel (for local families)
Lenten Fundraiser (for our International Education Project, Philippines)

Thank you for your donations!

 

 

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Together we have raised over $4,300 in our efforts to lift the Mortel Morales family out of poverty!

 

We know that one major factor that keeps a family stuck in poverty generation after generation is poor access to quality education.  Too many children end up leaving school to work for pennies an hour so they can help their family simply meet their basic needs each day.  The poor are so concerned about meeting their daily needs, they cannot even think about sending their children to higher education.

 

This is where STA comes into the picture—we are changing one family’s future!

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As you can imagine this is challenging, but so incredibly rewarding; we are giving them a vision that would have all four children obtain university degrees in highly employable fields!  In the past they have typically spent most of their time and energy simply trying to survive each day, but STA is now helping them develop a long-term vision of hope by providing high school and university education.

 

Yeltzin
Yeltzin is now completing her 3rd year of petroleum engineering at Batangas State University.  She is receiving a scholarship that pays her tuition, and we are paying for her food, lodging, daily transportation, her allowance, field trips and project materials, as well as the books she needs.  Without our help, university would still be unattainable, even with her scholarship!

 

Yevgeny
Yevgeny is graduating high school and has applied to the same university for accounting.

Yankel

Yankel is completing grade 11,

 

Yalova

and Yalova is finishing grade 9. 

 

Together, our community is doing much more than just charity—we are disrupting the cycle of poverty this family has experienced, and by way of education, we are giving them immunity to the unjust social and economic structures that have ensnared them in cycles of poverty.  It is exciting to know that our actions are making such a difference!

 

Our goal is to raise $5,000 per year for education, giving this family a future full of hope! With your help, this family, and every generation after them, will never suffer through poverty again.

 

Please consider a donation by way of:

 

 

*Please Note: if you require a charitable tax receipt (when donating $20 or more) send an email to alice.harding@cdsbeo.on.ca after completing the cash online donation.  Provide your name, full mailing address including postal code, amount donated, and which child the donation was made under.

 

(For those WITHOUT access to school cash online OR for larger donations: make cheque out to St. Thomas Aquinas CHS – memo: Lenten fundraiser)

 

Thank you for your continued support, and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me by email or at the phone number below.  Thank you for supporting the Catholic call to charity and justice, and may God bless you!

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Mr. Chris Vonesch

Chaplaincy Leader

Chris.vonesch@cdsbeo.on.ca

(613) 445-0810 ext. 7

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