Our Mission: To bring Christ to the poor and the poor to Christ.
Our Value Statement: Sharing Christ with all in need.
Our Core Values: Faith, Integrity, Commitment, Compassion, Respect.
Chalice is a Catholic charity that primarily supports community initiatives in 15 countries through the sponsorship of children and elderly in need. We began our mission in 1996 as Christian Child Care International, an independent Canadian sponsorship organization. Our name changed to Chalice in January 2008. Throughout all of our changes the core of Chalice has remained the same. We are a ministry of the Catholic community, creating relationships of life and love wherever we serve. Since its inception, Chalice has been enriching lives, while restoring hope and dignity to people in developing countries through our Child Sponsorship Program. Located in Nova Scotia with a head office in Bedford, Chalice is gaining recognition each year as more and more people hear about the work we do in the developing world.
We work closely with lay people, religious missionaries and local communities in their efforts to provide care for the many children and elderly caught in the dehumanizing grip of extreme poverty and lack of education. Those accepted into the sponsorship program are received based on need with no regard for gender, race or religious affiliation.
Every Sponsor Site we assist is under local direction. We believe those who live and experience the difficulties of poverty in developing countries are also those most knowledgeable and capable of responding to its effects.
Chalice places special emphasis on helping to provide children with the chance to go to school and learn. We believe that education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty.
Chalice commits over 90 percent of its spending in support of programs. In fiscal year 2015-2016, $22.3 million was spent directly on programs providing nutrition and education to almost 50,000 children and the elderly in 15 developing countries.
Chalice has been recognized by MoneySense Magazine as one of the best run Canadian Charities for the past 6 years. Designed to help donors get a better idea for how efficiently charities use their money, the MoneySense rating system provides Canadians with valuable information to make smart giving decisions.
In 2015 Chalice was also recognized for being a Best Christian Workplace by the Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCW). To achieve certification, organizations must complete an employee engagement survey and meet BCW’s standards of excellence.Chalice is a ministry of the Catholic Community, creating and nurturing relationships of life and love wherever we serve.
On behalf of those we serve around the world, I thank you for your interest in the work being supported by Chalice. Our simple goal is to bring Christ's loving presence to those suffering the sorrowful stress of poverty. This core mission began when one person, responding to Christ's call and the urging of the Holy Spirit, decided to help one other person through sponsorship. It continues today because others joined in that mission.
With thanksgiving, I have seen Christ coming to many children, parents and elderly. Through the sponsorship of a child, or a gift from our catalogue, or the support of a community project, Christ came to a hungry boy as he was fed, to a sick girl or mother when given medication, to a classroom filled with children joyous at the opportunity to go to school rather than be forced into work. I have seen Christ come to a whole community when a school was built, or a clinic supplied, or when several small houses replaced tarpaulin shacks. I have seen Christ come in each of these circumstances because one more person acted on a similar call and urging of God's Spirit.
Today, I hope that person is you.
If so, I pray that through your action, you too will see Christ coming to those in need of His loving kindness.
Fr. Patrick Cosgrove, President