Wells of Salvation

A Lenten Outreach to Quench Thirst and Build a Brighter Future

Many families in remote, rural communities around the world face crushing hardships each day. Children and families often do not have safe water to drink, and a lack of sanitary waste disposal further promotes the spread of life-threatening waterborne diseases.

This Lent, you can help change that. Cross Catholic Outreach is funding clean water projects around the world, from Nicaragua to Haiti to countries throughout Africa, including Ghana, Malawi, and Zambia.

You can build a brighter future for these families and engage in a meaningful outreach to provide clean water and sanitation to communities around the world.

Take a Journey with Jesus this Lent

A Mission of Mercy to Deepen Your Lenten Observance

“By the solemn forty days of Lent, the Church unites herself each year to the mystery of Jesus in the desert.” (CCC, 540)

Matthew 4 describes how Jesus fasted for 40 days in the desert. As we are spiritually renewed during the 40 days of Lent, we have the privilege of uniting ourselves with Christ by making small sacrifices — fasting and praying along with him!

For many years, faithful Catholic leaders in developing nations have also journeyed with Jesus through the desert. They have made tremendous sacrifices, working in the trenches to meet the urgent needs of the poor in their communities.

This Lent, you have an opportunity to join their mission of mercy. We invite you to journey with Jesus, embrace self-denial and bless families in need. Please donate to quench thirst and build a brighter future!

Give the Gift of Mercy This Lent

Women Plagued By Water Scarcity

Agnes Bears a Heavy Burden

Agnes Mwanja, 35, struggles to quench the thirst of her five children in northern Malawi. Each day, she makes six trips to the Wibogholo River — a small, polluted body of water that often runs dry.

Agnes will be one of many mothers blessed by wells funded by Cross Catholic Outreach.

Agnes (front) collects water from the Wibogholo River. This water is contaminated, but families in her community have no better option for quenching their thirst.

Mothers like Claudia travel long distances, often walking for hours, to reach water. The trip can be dangerous with rough terrain and wild animals.

Claudia’s Tiresome Journey

Claudia Naamambo, 33, lives with her children in a farming village in the Diocese of Wa, Ghana. She wakes up at 5 a.m. to make her first trip to collect water. Even that early, the queue at the borehole is long. Her children will sometimes miss school if she is delayed.

Your support will help many hardworking women like Claudia.

Highlighted Project

Empowering Devoted Dioceses to Transform Lives

Your generosity will help empower Catholic leaders to transform lives. In our highlighted project, three dioceses are working to provide relief for 51,754 people by accomplishing the following goals.

Diocese of Wa

Install four wells and eight sanitation blocks. Construct safer schools, teacher housing, and a multipurpose rectory building.

Diocese of Karonga

Drill six deep wells. Provide empowering training to help locals prevent disease, repair wells, build latrines and earn income.

Diocese of Chipata

Provide 50 drilled wells and five hand-dug, protected wells. Improve an insufficient water system to serve a Catholic hospital.

Empower the Church this Lent

Your support will help Catholic leaders meet the needs of the poor in their communities. In the Diocese of Chipata, Zambia, local priests such as Father Andrew Pumula are counting on U.S. Catholics to bless families with clean, safe water.

Above are the locations of our highlighted ministry partners.

Meet Some of Our Ministry Partners in Africa

The Diocese of Wa, Ghana

In the Upper West Region, the Diocese of Wa serves some of Ghana’s poorest families. Since 2019, we’ve helped install five wells and six latrine blocks.

Bishop Richard Kuuia Baawobr is committed to sharing God’s love through both evangelism and tangible works of mercy.

Bishop Martin Anwel Mtumbuka is working to reach isolated communities with the hope of the Gospel.

The Diocese of Karonga, Malawi

The Diocese of Karonga is the newest diocese in Malawi. Since 2019, we’ve helped it repair 12 existing wells and install four new wells.

The Diocese of Chipata, Zambia

The Diocese of Chipata serves a vast, rural area with more than 300,000 faithful. Since 2017, we’ve helped it provide wells for 70 communities.

Bishop George Zumaire Lungu encourages fellow Catholics to follow Christ’s example and promote life by helping those in need.

Transform Lives with Clean, Safe Water

Get the Whole Family Involved With Our Free Lent Activity Guide

At Cross Catholic Outreach, we believe Lent is an opportunity for families to grow in faith by uniting ourselves with Christ. Download our FREE 2022 Lent Activity Guide for family-friendly activities, crafts, liturgical readings, prayers and more!

lent activity guide

Give Wells of Salvation for Lent

Quench Thirst. Build a Brighter Future.

Please donate now, or use our free Lent Activity Guide to pray, fast and give on behalf of communities in need of clean water. Your gift will put faith into action, transforming lives with clean water and hope for a brighter future.

Learn More About Our Global Water Projects

Become a Cross Mission Partner Today

Join our monthly giving club and receive this prayer journal, handmade by those we serve in Haiti!

Use it for reflections and notes to grow in your spiritual life. You’ll also receive a prayer request form to mail back so that we can pray for your needs. In effect, this creates a spiritual bridge to connect you to our sisters and brothers in Christ in the developing world!

Cross Mission Partners also receive a semiannual Mission Update with news, insights and information about the good work and accomplishments made possible by your support.

Every dollar helps us bless the least of our brothers and sisters throughout Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Mexico & Central America and South America.

Join Now and Transform More Lives Through Monthly Giving

Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2023, 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.