Catholic Charity Work in Costa Rica
Catholic Charity Work in Costa Rica
In Huacas, Costa Rica, the diocese of Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles is faithfully dedicated to improving the livelihood of its community through the power of higher-quality Catholic education and Missionary Centers. The local school, El Colegio Vittorino Girardi, is passionate about providing all families with both the spiritual and academic tools for long-term success. The Missionary Centers serve as spiritual lifelines to celebrate Sacraments and provide catechesis programs.
The community’s devotion to the Lord is inspiring and undeniable. Through high-quality schooling for the children, catechesis programs for the adults, and a central home for worship, the diocese in Huacas, Costa Rica, embodies our mission to alleviate suffering, illuminate the mind, and ignite the Spirit.
High-quality education is academically essential for students to build stable foundations and achieve their intellectual ambitions. Through Catholic education, students are gifted with both the spiritual and academic tools for long-term prosperity. Unfortunately, because of unaffordable costs, many families struggle for the opportunity to receive these transformative gifts.
El Colegio Vittorino Girardi (also known as the Catholic Education Center or CEC) is a local Catholic High School in the Huacas district of Costa Rica that focuses on academic excellence, personal development, and is rooted in Christian values. Although there are a few Catholic private schools spread throughout the region, the majority of families cannot afford the costly tuition.
Fortunately, Vittorino Girardi School trusts in its students’ potential and believes that economic impediments should not limit a family to receive a quality Catholic education. Out of genuine love and service to the people, Vittorino Girardi serves as a non-profit school with open arms, offering both partial and full scholarships.
The Vittorino Girardi School strives to not only provide a strong, Catholic education – but also pursues an integral mission to lead its students, family members, and staff to encounter Jesus as the son of the father, a brother, a friend, a teacher, and a merciful shepherd.
Led by dedicated teachers, students get to experience a variety of programs that explore technical careers, music, culture, sports, community outreach, arts, language, and more. By bringing together all elements of a holistic Catholic curriculum, Vittorino Girardi helps students find full self-awareness to pursue their individual passions and better serve as disciples of Christ.
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Hearing from the Students and Staff of the CEC
Roberto Martínez Bonilla
Director of the CEC
Alondra Villalobos Mena
11th grade student at the CEC
Valeria Salustri Soto
11th grade student of the CEC
M Sc Walner Gutiérrez Jaén
English teacher at CEC
María L Herrera Martínez
10th grade student at the CEC
Transforming Vittorino Girardi and its Community
Many initiatives have been taking place at Vittorino Girardi and the surrounding community thanks to your loyal support! The school has been able to provide a saxophone for the school’s music classes and a scholarship for a student so they may continue their education without the worries of financial strain.
Along with these initiatives, the community has been able to begin the Tamarindo Project, an endeavor to build a house for the local Parish’s Priest, and a community hall. This project also supports the annual expenses and salary of the Priest. Your generous giving has been changing the lives of many at Vittorino Girardi and its surrounding community!
Science & Music for Students
The students at Vittorino Girardi School are taking their education to the next level thanks to the resources you have donated! They can see their lab assignments come to life in science class as they use supplies such as beakers, test tubes, and microscopes. We were also able to stock these classrooms with desks and cupboards for the equipment. Wonderful melodies are also being orchestrated thanks to the instruments you have purchased! The students have the chance to play the guitar, keyboard, drums, trombone, and more. Your support towards these eager and devoted pupils continues to enrich their lives abundantly!
Your bountiful giving also helped us install grilles and windows into the school building.
The Good Work Continues
The good work continues at El Colegio Vittorino Girardi. Phase four has constructed walls, stairs, railings and other structural features. The school is taking on a permanent structure look and feel. How exciting it will be to get students inside these walls! Thanks to your generosity the building continues!
Look What You Built!
Vittorino Girardi School has completed its third stage of construction. It now has second floor walls, columns, and a roof structure that supports a completed roof. As construction continues so does the building of a better future! Vittorino Girardi School proudly presents the 2020 generation graduates. Congratulations!
Construction Continues on Vittorino Girardi High School!
As COVID-19 Continues the School as Set Up a Distribution Station
Past Progress and Future Growth
In 2014, El Colegio Vittorino Girardi had a total of 65 students and later had their first graduating class in 2017. In 2020, there are 180 students enrolled, and the Catholic Education Center anticipates to serve a total of 200 students in 2021. Gratefully, the generous hearts of donors and the community’s faithfulness has led the school to flourish! In the beginning, the gymnasium consisted of a few pillars and a roof. Now, it beautifully serves as a space for ceremonies, retreats, and school activities.
Moving forward, the school hopes to expand many of their facilities to accommodate the growing number of students with open arms.
Scroll and Click through the photos below to see the years of progress:
Transform the Lives of Christ’s Faithful
Transform the Lives of Christ’s Faithful
Spreading the Sacraments Through Missionary Centers
In Huacas, Costa Rica, families initially lacked a central site to celebrate the divine sacraments. For example, in 2011, the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony was only celebrated one time throughout the entire year.
With the help of generous hearts, the faithful community has built Missionary Centers to provide retreats, formation catechesis, and a central church to celebrate Sacraments. The Missionary Centers also include the Vittorino Girardi School and housing for nuns who visit nearby coastal communities to provide bible courses and training activities.
Since the construction, the Missionary Centers have provenly increased the amount of people in formation and the number of people who attend weekly mass, strengthening the community’s faithfulness.
The community’s devotion to the Lord is inspiring and undeniable. Through high-quality schooling for the children, catechesis programs for the adults, and a central home for worship, Huacas, Costa Rica embodies our mission to alleviate suffering, illuminate the mind, and ignite the Spirit.
” Sacraments are ‘powers that come forth’ from the Body of Christ, which is ever-living and life-giving. They are actions of the Holy Spirit at work in his Body, the Church. They are ‘the masterworks of God’ in the new and everlasting covenant.” (CCC 1116)
The Missionary Centers have Served as a Spiritual Lifeline
Gratefully, the Missionary Centers have served as a spiritual lifeline to powerfully transform the lives of Christ’s faithful.
Moving forward, the Huacas community hopes to perpetually sustain the Missionary Centers, so future generations can learn about the faith and experience the Sacraments. Common upkeep-costs like electricity, clean water, and structural maintenance are necessary to preserve a safe environment.