We Are in This Together.

All of us have been affected by the global spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Now is the time to stand together in prayerfully addressing the challenges this outbreak poses to our families, churches and communities.

For Cross Catholic Outreach, we remain committed to meeting urgent needs of our ministry partners around the world. Right now, that commitment includes stopping the transmission of this virus, and we believe we can make an impact by supporting impoverished communities in developing countries that lack the most basic resources needed to practice good hygiene and prevent disease.

What Can We Do?

Our coronavirus preparedness and response efforts are centered on the provision of clean water and improved sanitation in developing countries. Hand-washing is the most basic defense against infection.

Bless the poor with improved health and hygiene!

Provide essential resources for impoverished communities in developing countries

Who We Are Helping.

Cross Catholic Outreach serves ministry partners in 28 countries. Many are already working to install safer water systems, provide hygiene education and improve sanitation in poor communities; however, most are finding it extremely difficult to fulfill their missions and secure necessary resources.

Here are just two examples of the work we can support to make a difference.

Clean Water for 11,000 People in Kenya

With COVID-19 cases increasing in Kenya, the government has closed national borders. In the midst of the crisis, Father Fabian Hevi has remained steadfastly committed to serving Kenyans in need. In the dry southern region that runs between the Diocese of Machakos and the Archdiocese of Mombasa, women and children spend hours digging in dry riverbeds or standing in long lines at contaminated sources.

At present, they do not have the resources they need to practice proper hygiene and protect their health.

Two villages in southeastern Kenya will receive:

✔  Boreholes, solar pumps, water storage systems and water kiosks (dispenser units).

✔  Educational seminars regarding borehole maintenance, sanitation, hygiene & agriculture.

✔  Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) committees consisting of responsible community members who will oversee the process & encourage proper practices.

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Clean Water and Sanitary Bathrooms in Nicaragua

At a national level, Nicaragua has no containment measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As new cases emerge, fears continue to mount.

As one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, Nicaragua’s under-improved water infrastructure and lack of sanitary latrines remain a significant threat to the nation’s health. In such unsanitary living conditions, many poor villagers suffer from frequent bouts of waterborne illness and kidney disease — leaving their bodies particularly at-risk.

Thankfully, our ministry partners are hard at work to provide deep wells and sanitary latrines for remote, impoverished villages in Nicaragua.

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We are providing 201 families in three villages with:

✔ Clean water piped directly into their homes.

✔ Modern bathrooms.

✔ Necessary medical screenings.

✔ Health education on the spread of bacteria.

These projects provide vital help necessary in fighting the spread of Covid-19 in a developing country like Nicaragua.

See Our Other Water Projects in Developing Countries

Distant, but Not Divided.

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.

Meet urgent needs, prevent illness and share Christ’s love.

Thank you for helping protect our world one village at a time.

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Our mission is to mobilize the global Catholic Church to transform the poor and their communities materially and spiritually for the glory of Jesus Christ. Your gift empowers us to serve the poorest of the poor by channeling life-changing aid through an international network of dioceses, parishes and Catholic missionaries. This cost-effective approach helps break the cycle of poverty and advance Catholic evangelization.

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Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures to provide clean water incurred through June 30, 2020, 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.