The main work of Closer to Heaven consist of carrying out projects that we feel will best support the goals of the foundation. Please see the list of projects at the rights for a detailed explanation of the project and why it is important to the people of the region.
Why does Closer to Heaven need your help? The reason is that, like other Catholic parishes around the world, Chinese parishes need to be self-supporting and yet this is impossible for people who are living in poverty and who are barely able to support their own families. This results in thousands of devoted and fervent Catholics with no place to pray or hold Mass or churches that are literally falling apart. Your donations will help them to rebuild and repair these houses of worship where they can gather in community to worship and strengthen their faith.
Closer to Heaven is also dedicated to helping bring better educational opportunities to these villages through grants and other forms of educational assistance. Since the villages are usually in remote areas without schools, many students need to attend boarding schools that are located miles from their homes. Although for the most part education is free in China, parents must still pay for room and board, school supplies and textbooks for their children. This puts an extremely hard financial burden on them which too many times results in their children not attending middle or high school. A better education is the key to improving the lives of these young people and allows them grow up to be contributing members of their villages and society. Your help will ensure that the children of these villages get more than just a primary school education and have the opportunity to attend middle school, high school and beyond.
We are extremely grateful for your financial assistance and prayers.