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.
Most of Closer To Heaven’s work is within Yunnan Province in western China. Its geography is extremely diverse. It contains deep mountain gorges, Tibetan plateu, and jungles in the south. Soft clay-like dirt covers much of the province which leads to very slippery and dangerous roads after rain
you may know, Fr. Tao has been driving a Mitsubishi van that is already over 10 years old and has driven over 400,000 km. It is so old that the insurance company will no longer insure it. I have personally driven with Fr. Tao in this Mitsubishi car and I can confirm that it is really too old and not safe. One major problem is that is only 2 wheel drive and we often have to drive on very poor dirt roads and trails and in these cases a 4 wheel drive SUV is required.
Fr. Tao drives many thousands of km each year to visit Catholics in very remote areas and he does not feel safe in the Mitsubishi. Maybe you have heard that some years ago a priest was driving in a car in Yunnan and the brakes failed. The car was not able to stop and drove off of the road and the priest was killed. I think this is another reason why I believe Fr. Tao is anxious about his Mitsubishi and wants to have a proper 4 wheel drive SUV.