Restore Hope to Vulnerable Children in Need

Mozambique has been hit hard by Africa’s HIV/AIDS pandemic, with 2.2 million infected people — the world’s second-highest number. This crisis has left a devastating number of children orphaned and living on the street just struggling to survive. Cross Catholic Outreach ministry partner Association Cross Mozambique is following God’s call to care for these orphans by meeting basic needs with the love of Christ. You can be part of his rescue mission!

Orphan care

Provide orphans with food, medicine, scholarships and spiritual formation — a total of 494 children!

Girls’ Rescue

Empower 20 girls through education, mentorship and job skills training.


Build four concrete houses, costing $4,335 each, for orphan families living in horrendous conditions.

Elderly Care

Provide food and medicine to 83 elderly citizens.


Help 25 mothers or caretakers build small businesses.

This spring, your support will empower Association Cross Mozambique, a long-time Cross Catholic Outreach ministry partner, to serve boys and girls orphaned by Africa’s AIDS crisis. Through your investment, children will receive practical help and Catholic spiritual formation. Give now and impact the next generation!


Erika is a child served by the ministry of Association Cross Mozambique.

Mozambique’s Orphan Crisis

Vulnerable Children Struggling to Survive

Since its independence from Portugal in 1975, Mozambique has been battered by civil war, famine and the social consequences of the HIV/AIDS pandemic — leaving an estimated 2 million children orphaned. Most neighbors or family members are too poor to care for these children, so the children fend for themselves by doing odd jobs or even begging on the streets to survive.

Your support can help rescue children like Laurence.

What's an Orphan?

Traditionally, a child had to lose both parents to be classified as an orphan. Today, we refer to “single orphan” as the loss of one parent, and “double orphan” as the loss of both parents; doing so helps quantify the growing number of children in need of a new family, shelter or care.

Learn more about our ministry to Mozambique’s orphans.

There are an estimated 2 million orphans in Mozambique, and 700,000 children at risk of being left to fend for themselves due to a guardian’s old age, poor health or extreme poverty.

Source: UNICEF

Ivenia: Rescued for a Purpose

As a young girl, Ivenia Bendita was educated through ACM’s Girl’s Rescue Ministry; this helped her graduate from high school. The ministry equipped her for success, and today she’s a staff member at ACM. Thanks to the ministry, Ivenia is able to support her family. “I have to give many thanks for all the support, for all the help and I ask that you keep supporting other girls,” she said. “We need help so that this project can save the lives of more girls.”

Your support can make more stories like Ivenia Bendita’s possible!

Association Cross Mozambique

Meeting the Needs of the Most Vulnerable

Association Cross Mozambique is based in Mozambique’s largest city, Maputo, near South Africa and Eswatini (formerly Swaziland). The ministry was founded by a group of local Catholic women, dedicated to rescuing a generation of AIDS orphans. ACM provides orphan care in the form of food, water, education, medicine, spiritual formation, a girls’ rescue ministry, safe housing, elderly care and microenterprise programs.

God’s Rescue Mission

Change the Lives of Mozambique’s Orphans

With over 2 million children having lost parents, Mozambique’s orphan crisis is overwhelming. That’s why Association Cross Mozambique is dedicated to rescuing orphans and vulnerable children in the name of Christ. Your support will provide holistic care for orphans and vulnerable children, support at-risk elderly and fund a girls’ rescue ministry. 

One Woman's Calling

Doroteia Balane has committed her life to ministering to Mozambique’s orphans and vulnerable children.

Rescue Children with the Gospel

Catholic spiritual formation is at the center of ACM’s ministry, sharing the Gospel with the next generation.


By meeting the material and spiritual needs of vulnerable children, ACM lays the foundation for complete life-transformation.

One Woman’s Calling

Loving Orphans and Widows in the Name of Christ

As the director of ACM and a committed Catholic, Doroteia Balane knows God’s heart breaks for children who suffer. That’s why she’s dedicated her life to ministering to orphans. To help destitute children, Doroteia and ACM take a holistic approach, ministering to the whole person by meeting each child’s material and spiritual needs. 

“I am so happy because I am doing the job that I like, looking for people who are suffering and helping the children who need a mother.”

– Doroteia Balane

Rescuing Children With the Gospel

Sharing God’s Love With Orphans Desperate for Hope

ACM keeps Christ at the center of all it does because it recognizes that Jesus is the only one who can heal broken hearts. Each week, the staff offers spiritual formation classes, teaching children the spiritual disciplines of prayer, Bible study and the teachings of the Catechism. ACM is building God’s Kingdom and evangelizing the next generation.

Through Bible study, prayer and Catholic catechism classes for children, the staff at ACM points each child toward the joy of the Gospel.

“The most important thing is that this work is done inspired by the Word of God — which is our strength. It is our way. It is our light. It is in his Word that we find the reason for our action and the soul of our missionary work at time like these.”

– Father Anastácio Jorge,
Spiritual Director of ACM

The Massango siblings stand in front of the home built for them by ACM’s ministry.

Meet the Massango Siblings

When Erneldo, Maina and Celilia Massango lost both of their parents to the AIDS pandemic, Erneldo assumed responsibility as head of the household. But when ACM got involved, they provided everything the siblings needed: food, education, spiritual formation and safe housing.

ACM can continue helping these siblings with your generous gift!

“Someone who sees me on the street would never imagine that I am an orphan of father and mother, because we actually have father and mother, which is ACM. My outreach worker is my mother, even though she is not my birth mother, she is my mother at heart.”

– Erneldo Massango

The Holistic Ministry of ACM

Meeting the Needs of the Whole Person

By meeting the whole person’s needs, ACM makes an important investment in the next generation — giving it the support it needs to break these children from the cycle of poverty and be transformed by the Gospel.

Girls' Rescue Ministry

Vulnerable Children

Elderly Support

Micro- Enterprise

Safe Housing

Girls' Rescue

When COVID-19 restrictions closed boarding schools, ACM staff made regular home visits and provided food staples for the girls enrolled in the program. Since COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, a small number of girls have been able to resume their studies, returning to their boarding home.

Orphans and
Vulnerable Children

In addition to food baskets and sanitation items, ACM will offer tutoring and financial support for children when school resumes. The children will also have access to preventive health care, basic medicine, and will be trained in basic hygiene and disease prevention.


ACM staff members also share God’s love with vulnerable elderly. The project provides food and medicine, home health care visits by a nurse, and friendship for lonely participants.


ACM will provide microenterprise training to 25 struggling mothers, grandmothers or caretakers of the children enrolled in its programs. The ministry trains them in three moneymaking ventures: animal husbandry, horticulture and tailoring.


ACM provides orphan families with sturdy, cement-block homes with strong galvanized metal roofs, at just $4,335 per house. These simple homes are an answer to prayer!

Show Kindness to the Poor

The writer of Proverbs says, “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and will be repaid in full” (19:17). By joining Cross Catholic Outreach to support orphans and vulnerable children, you will be following God’s call to share with the poor.

Be Part of God’s Rescue Mission

Share Christ’s Love With Vulnerable Orphans

Saint James tells us what life-changing religion looks like: “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world” (1:27). 

Join God’s rescue mission to Mozambique’s orphans and vulnerable children. Investing in children makes a lasting impact!

Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.

– PSALM 82:3

Donations from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures for this project incurred through June 30, 2025, the close of our ministry’s fiscal year. In the event that more funds are raised than needed to fully fund the project, the excess funds, if any, will be used to meet the most urgent needs of the ministry.

What is Your Legacy Mission?

When you include Cross Catholic Outreach as a beneficiary in your will, trust, retirement account or life insurance policy you will make a difference for poor communities by meeting both material and spiritual needs for generations to come.