Sister Anita Gomes assists students. 
Sister Anita Gomes, right, assists students at the Kulaura (Pratasha) Sewing Center.

Ministry in Bangladesh

Sisters of the Holy Cross sponsored ministries:

Holy Cross College
Dhaka, Bangladesh
          Among the most highly rated schools in Bangladesh, Holy Cross College is a two-year (levels 11 and 12) program for women that offers humanities, science and business education. Upon completing the program and passing the national examination, students may be admitted to university. Sister Shikha Laetitia Gomes is principal. View the Holy Cross College website.

Holy Cross Girls’ High School
Dhaka, Bangladesh
          This primary/secondary school for girls has an enrollment of approximately 1,800 students. In addition, it offers an afternoon program for students unable to pay. The school is among the most highly rated in Bangladesh. Sister Rani Catherine Gomes is the school’s headmistress.

Holy Cross Students' Hostel
Dhaka, Bangladesh
          The hostel provides structured housing and common living for young women attending college and higher education in Dhaka. The facility can accommodate approximately 40 women and is staffed by sisters. Sister Monju Corraya is the director.

Holy Cross Health Education Center
Kulaura, Bangladesh
          The center provides basic health education and dispenses needed medication to people living in the general vicinity of the center. Sister Thecla Dinila Nokrek is director of the program.

Kulaura (Pratasha) Sewing Center
Kulaura, Bangladesh
          This program teaches women to sew items that are sold to commercial markets, thus bringing income into the home. Sister Anita Gomes is director of the ministry.

Bhadun (Arunalaya) Sewing Center
Bhadun, Bangadesh
          The center teaches sewing and machine embroidery to women to provide them with a source of income. Sister Dipali Helena D’Costa is director of the program.

CSC Fund/Ministry With the Poor grant recipients
for 2014-2015:

New Middle School
Bhadun, Gazipur, Bangladesh
          Sister Jamuna Magdeline Gomes received funding to purchase furniture, equipment and books, along with providing rent and salaries for two teachers for a new middle school.

Proggalaya Discerners House
Dhaka City, Bangladesh
          Sister Barnita Scholastica Mangsang received funding to purchase books, art supplies, computers and training, musical instruments and health care for young women who are interested in becoming Sisters of the Holy Cross.

Hostel for Girls
Khagrachori, Bangladesh
          Sister Bernadette Shilpi Rebeiro received funding to provide food, lodging, school fees and books for poor students, especially girls.

Saint John’s Dispensary
Khagrachori, Bangladesh
          Sister Felicita Corraya received funding to purchase medication and conduct a primary health awareness seminar.

Saint Cecilia Primary School
Rangpur, Bangladesh
          Sister Hashi Margaret Pereira received funding to provide materials to make furniture, teaching aids and educational supplies.

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To read more about the sisters’ educational ministry in Bangladesh, see Holy Cross College and High School, Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Rural Schools and Cooperative Programs. 

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