In a country the size of Wisconsin containing half the population of the United States, eighty percent of the people live in extreme poverty making under two dollars a day. The Holy Cross Priests, Brothers, and Sisters attempt to battle poverty by providing education and health care to the people of Bangladesh.
The Congregation of Holy Cross has schools, churches, and healthcare facilities throughout the country, but they focus a large percentage of their efforts on 13 parishes located in the remote rural areas of Bangladesh. In these villages Holy Cross works with the victimized tribal minorities who are among the poorest of the poor. The church is a beacon of hope for these people and gives them the tools to fight back against poverty and injustice by providing education. The Congregation of Holy Cross runs some of the most prestigious schools in the country and makes the opportunity for education available to everyone.
The funds raised by the Bengal Bouts have built primary and technical schools as well as health care clinics. They have paid for the education of impoverished high school and college students providing young men and women with the skills to support their families now and into the future. Everyday Bengal Bouts is changing the lives of the boxers in the program and their Bengali friends on the other side of the world.