Meet Urgent Needs
Food insecurity poses an increased threat to developing countries. Our poorest brothers and sisters have been hit hard by the effects of COVID-19. Many do not have the access to or the ability to acquire their daily bread.
Your donation to Cross Catholic Outreach supports our ministry partners serving impoverished communities throughout 28 different countries. Together, we can meet the current and ongoing urgent needs of the poor, including food and nutrition, clean water and sanitation, and medical supplies, among many other needs.
Cross Catholic Outreach is working in the United States and overseas to serve those impacted by COVID-19. Please pray for our ministry partners around the world and for the protection of those they serve. The following shows some of the ways our ministry partners are responding to the needs of the poor.
One of our partners in Belize, Mount Carmel School Support, continues to distribute food kits. The teachers at Mount Carmel High School teamed up with missionaries to raise funds and buy food for families in need. Funds provided by Cross Catholic Outreach donors also helped purchase food and cleaning items. The beneficiaries are grateful for the help!
With the Franciscan Social Center closed due to COVID-19, staff members are focusing on outreach in the field. They are providing medical and dental care and health education for the poor on the periphery of Cochabamba and Chapare.
Good Samaritan Hospital, which depends on medical supplies from Cross Catholic Outreach, is collaborating with other hospitals in the area to respond to a drastic increase in COVID-19 patients. The last we heard, the hospital was treating 125 COVID-19 patients and had other people with COVID-19 symptoms waiting to be seen. An ongoing construction project is converting the fourth floor into a space exclusively for the infected, with 25 patient rooms, a nursing station and staff restrooms. At least 10 rooms have been finished so far. Cross Catholic Outreach has been working on logistics to transport air conditioning and ventilation equipment to the hospital as soon as possible, and there is also an urgent need for beds.
Fundación Nueva Alegria works with vulnerable and at-risk youth across the Dominican Republic. Hygiene packages and 35 lb. bags of food are being given out as part of the batey and barrio pandemic response distributions.
In response to the needs of its beneficiary families, the Working Boys Center in Ecuador has reshaped the feeding project that Cross Catholic Outreach supports. Currently, the Working Boys Center is providing food staples to 160 Working Boys Center families, with corresponding educational support for the children. It is also engaging in protective measures to appropriately deal with tensions that arise in families due to ongoing quarantine measures.
As increasing numbers of people feel economic strains from COVID-19 in El Salvador, our partners are responding to their communities’ needs in extra-special ways. The video below was put together by Fundación Una Mano Amiga to show how material aid made possible by Cross Catholic Outreach donors is being used to bless those in need.
This latest shipment of Vitafood from Cross Catholic Outreach to the Diocese of Santa Rosa de Lima in Guatemala is ready to be distributed to families in need.
El Carmelo Daycare and Feeding Center is providing food hampers to families in need in one of the most dangerous areas of Guatemala City. This initiative includes elderly persons, those with special needs and widows.
The sisters of the Little Apostles of the Redemption at the Hogar de la Niña are ensuring that vulnerable families of the Diocese of Santa Rosa de Lima receive their daily bread.
Our ministry partners at St. Joseph of the Apparition in Gonaïves, Haiti, say they cannot ignore the hungry. The majority of the population are daily workers who live hand to mouth. The ministry is distributing the stock from the nutritional program supported by Cross Catholic Outreach and purchasing additional food and necessities for family use. Ministry members are also sewing masks.
Hunger doesn’t take a break for a pandemic, and our friends at Las Mercedes Nutrition Center in Honduras know that all too well. Their critical work of rescuing and rehabilitating malnourished children is more urgent than ever. Unfortunately, they are understaffed now that five people have tested positive for COVID-19. Previously, the staff had spent three months working and sleeping in the center to avoid public exposure. Now just three caretakers are responsible for 20 children. Gifts from friends like you are the reason these children have food to eat and why this ministry has also been able to provide pandemic relief to the local community.
In Favor of the Child has been distributing food to families in need. It has had distributions every two weeks so far and hopes to continue distributions through September of this year.
COVID-19 testing has been hard to come by in Nicaragua – in part because the government took a soft approach to the COVID-19 problem to avoid further suppressing the country’s already limping economy. But thanks to Cross Catholic Outreach’s generous donors, patients are getting the care and testing they need at Hope Clinic International (Tim’s Clinic). We’ve been able to fund medications, personal protective equipment, laboratory supplies and the PCR reagents needed for COVID-19 tests. This aid is especially critical as epidemiologists have been predicting that Nicaragua is likely in the midst of a new outbreak.
One of our partners in Nicaragua, Rainbow Network, has continued to distribute nutritious Vitafood meals to the communities that operate after-school programs.
Heart of Jesus School has been providing weekly food distributions to 900 families in the areas surrounding the school. Vitafood, shipped by Cross Catholic Outreach, is included in the food baskets.
Cross Catholic Outreach is supporting Bishop Flavian M. Kassala in his efforts to reduce the impact of COVID-19 in the Diocese of Geita. His Excellency has expressed his gratitude during this challenging time.
Our ministry is mobilizing resources to provide over 350,000 servings of baby food and approximately 7,500 hygiene kits to partners including Catholic Charities of New Orleans and Catholic Charities of Miami.
At a time of necessary social distancing, it is important to show the world that the Church is still united.
Our commission to love others, share the Gospel and provide for the poor is still critical. In fact, it may be more necessary than ever before. The world is searching for hope — and it desperately needs the extra measure of mercy only Christ can provide.
Our global family will be safer when we provide for the poorest of the poor.
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.