Access to Education

Santa Clara School in Paita, PeruYou’ve taken the first step in supporting Access to Education, so please keep Movin’ 4 Missions by inviting your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors to sponsor your efforts!

This financial support will enable our sisters to address the many challenges children around the world face when trying to access a quality education. 

The “school” in School Sisters of St. Francis comes from the congregation’s tradition of elevating the lives of others through education. Since the sisters set up their first classroom 150 years ago inside the original motherhouse in Campbellsport, Wisconsin, our community has provided educational opportunities on every continent.

The most recent example of this belief in the power of education is in the remote village of Kharkutta, a rural township located in the far northeastern reaches of India. The need for our sisters’ help was clear in that only about one in every three girls in the area passed ninth grade. The sisters established Kharkutta Hostel to provide girls with room and board, tutoring services, counseling, and extracurricular enrichment activities. These girls would otherwise have to walk 10-15 miles every day to attend school. The Kharkutta hostel is already empowering 25 girls with improved educational outcomes and, in turn, providing a better economic future for their families.

In Bangalore, India, more than 100 children ages 3-18 with special needs, from several remote villages attend Assisi Special School. Our sisters care for the whole person—body, mind, and spirit—offering small class sizes and specialized equipment for all; students, and vocational training for older students. To make this educational opportunity as accessible as possible, the sisters are currently renovating some classrooms into bedrooms so they will be able to offer home-like care for students whose parents cannot.

Santa Clara School serves students in Paita, Peru, a city whose residents depend on the unpredictable fishing industry. Climate challenges make fishing an unstable source of income, and many families live in desperate poverty. As a result, families are broken up as parents migrate in search of employment.

While students at Santa Clara do pay tuition, the school tries to provide a safety net for families who are struggling financially by providing scholarships. The sisters believe that education is a way to change our society and our world for the better, saying, “We do not just educate within the walls of the school, but through the way we live our lives.” (Pictured above)