Clean Water & Safe Shelter
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

In 1992, Bishop Jose Grullon Estrella founded FUNDASEP, the social outreach of the Catholic Diocese of San Juan de la Maguana. Since then, Bishop Estrella and his team have transformed thousands of lives by working hand-in-hand with them to build roads, bridges, schools, homes, and clean water systems.

This year, Cross Catholic Outreach is partnering with Bishop Estrella to continue God’s work by building six clean water systems – benefitting 813 families – and constructing 24 new homes. Join us to make a profound difference through this ministry.

He split rocks open in the wilderness, and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep. He made streams come out of the rock, and caused waters to flow down like rivers.

Psalm 78:15-16

THE PROJECT

Clean Water

Six new clean water systems will be built by local work brigades as part of our shovel-ready empowerment strategy. The systems will use a combination of gravity, electric and solar power to collect water from a spring or well. Pumps, tanks, miles of PVC pipes, and filters will then distribute the clean water to local homes. The impact of clean water is immediate – reducing waterborne illness, easing the labor burden on women and children, and helping farmers irrigate their land to improve the volume and variety of their crops.

I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

John 10:10

Safe Shelter

FUNDASEP uses a low-cost, durable design that has proven effective in sheltering poor Dominican families and withstanding powerful storms. Each of the 24 new homes are:

  • Two or three bedrooms.
  • Constructed from a prefabricated aluminum frame into which concrete plates are set.
  • Designed to survive earthquakes and 120 mph winds.
  • Sealed against water leaks.
  • 60% less expensive than concrete & rebar models.

“If I have things such as clothes, the sacraments, the Bible, and the ability to read and write, it is my responsibility to share them with the poor.”

Bishop Jose Grullon Estrella

tHE IMPACT

Angel Salvador

On a hilltop in the dusty outskirts of Azua, Angel Salvador, his wife and four children live in a home that doesn’t stand up well to rainstorms.

Concerned for his family, Angel saved what he could and bought rebar and concrete blocks to build a better house. When emergencies arose, Angel found himself having to sell the materials to cover other expenses. Angel will receive one of the new homes through our partnership with FUNDASEP. When he heard the news, he was deeply moved and began to make room for construction and the new blessing.

Image of Angel, his wife and four children, who will benefit from the housing project in the Dominican Republic
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Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures for this project. 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.

Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures for this project incurred through June 30, 2019, the close of our ministry’s new 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.