Change Lives in the Dominican Republic

While the Dominican Republic is known for its beautiful beaches and relaxing resorts, the country also has high levels of poverty, especially in rural areas. There, families struggle to survive through subsistence farming or by cutting sugarcane, a job that only pays a few dollars a day. 

Fortunately, Catholic ministries in the Dominican Republic are helping to change this situation, and Cross Catholic Outreach is partnering with them in those missions of mercy. By providing nutritious food, clean water, safe housing and medical care, we can share God’s love with the people of the Dominican Republic and restore their hope!

Join us to be the hands and feet of Christ to the poor this Lent!

Your support can bless families in the Dominican Republic. Watch this video to learn more about how you can change lives!

Water Makes Dreams Come True

For many years, Arielady Beltre and her family (pictured to the right) collected their daily water from a nearby mountain stream in a rural community in the Dominican Republic. But thanks to Cross Catholic Outreach supporters, her community has since been blessed with a new well that delivers safe water directly to her home.

“I had such a big smile the first time we turned on the water,” said Seneyra, Arielady’s mother. “It is such a blessing to be able to turn on a faucet instead of going to the mountain. Now the moment we wake up in the morning, we take a shower. Just to be able to take a shower, it is such a difference.”

A family prays together.
Arielady Beltre, in the orange shirt, is also pictured at the top of this page enjoying the gift of clean water. Her entire family is grateful for this gift. They regularly thank God in prayer for their blessings.

Your support can provide hope for more Dominican families waiting for an answer to prayer!

Arielady Beltre (right) celebrates the water system in her community with her brothers and sisters.


Community Water Systems

For the Beltre family and others who have been drinking from contaminated sources, FUNDASEP’s water systems are a literal godsend. These large-scale custom systems use solar energy, electrical power and gravity to pipe clean, abundant water directly into each family’s house. This is an answer to prayer for families who had been walking miles a day to collect their drinking water!

FUNDASEP’s approach to helping the poor is doubly effective because it avoids giving handouts and instead involves individuals and communities in the field work being done. The local families form work brigades, hold meetings and take long-term ownership of these new resources. Unity and the value of hard work are promoted as participants commit to invest their own time, money and prayers in the project. FUNDASEP coordinates with parish priests, who conduct blessings, say special Masses, lead prayers and help ensure that the greatest needs are being met.

Share clean water and hope!

A classroom full of children eat Vitafood provided by friends of Cross Catholic Outreach.


Delivering Nutritious Food to Families in Need

Cross Catholic Outreach regularly sends Vitafood — a fortified rice, potato or lentil product designed to meet the needs of malnourished bodies. Your support can help us ship this food to our ministry partners in the Dominican Republic that will distribute it to hungry children and families. An improved diet will reduce the risk of stunting and hunger-related illness and will help children excel in school and in their overall development.

Our ministry partners in the Dominican Republic are feeding immigrant families who work in the sugarcane fields, providing relief during natural disasters, and equipping orphanages and churches to feed the vulnerable. 

Help feed the hungry with Vitafood!

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The Paula family is thankful for the home built for them by FUNDASEP.


Safe Shelter Transforms Lives

Flimsy walls. Dirt floors. Leaky roofs. Unfortunately, many impoverished families in the Dominican Republic live in unsafe conditions like these. To address the problem, Cross Catholic Outreach partners with ministries like FUNDASEP and the Batey Relief Alliance to bless families with safe, new homes. FUNDASEP builds its prefabricated houses with metal frames reinforced with concrete slabs, giving families safe shelter in the often-harsh tropical storm systems. In another part of the country, the Batey Relief Alliance provides sturdy homes for women and children who make their living on the sugarcane fields. Each home is designed with a living room, two bedrooms, a kitchen and a sanitary latrine, giving families a spacious, safe place to call home.

With your help, poor families will no longer be subjected to leaky roofs or fear the collapse of their crumbling, unsafe walls. 

Bless families with a safe place to live!

Medical supplies are critical to provide medical care for children and families.

Medical Supplies

Provide Hope and Healing

Families who struggle to feed themselves often put medical care on the back burner. They simply can’t afford the medicines, surgeries or even simple remedies that could change or save their lives. Cross Catholic Outreach ministry partners in the Dominican Republic, such as the New Joy Foundation and Good Samaritan Hospital, provide these families with blessed relief. 

Your support will help us deliver medical supplies that will provide critical care to families in need. 

Give now and bring hope and healing!

Your support can provide diapers for young children.


Support Mothers and Their Babies

Welcoming a new baby into the world should be a joyous time, but for many poor families it can also mean tremendous financial stress. You can help lighten the load for growing families by helping us ship diapers that will be distributed through our ministry partner the New Joy Foundation. 

Will you help us build Catholic families by meeting a practical need?

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Give in Honor of a Loved One

You can make a gift in honor of a friend or family member. Cross Catholic Outreach’s Easter Catalog is a fun and easy way to give alms this holy season. Once you complete the checkout process, let your honoree know by sending a printed certificate or e-card.

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Giving Monthly Makes the Greatest Impact

Our Easter Catalog makes it easy for you to send a meaningful gift to someone who desperately needs a miracle of help and hope. Small monthly gifts play a big role in providing regular support to the poor and vulnerable all year long. When you become a monthly donor, you will receive a prayer journal handmade by those we serve in Haiti!

Frequently Asked Questions

The Cross Catholic Outreach Easter Catalog makes it fun and easy to give alms during the holy season of Lent and ensuring those donations will have a major impact on the lives of the poor. Instead of being filled with retail items, the catalog contains meaningful gifts for some of the world’s most impoverished families. There are so many ways to help! Some gifts are lifesaving items such as Food or Clean Water. Others make an investment in families, such as Safe Homes or Kids & Education. All will be a wonderful blessing to families desperate for help and in need of hope!

It’s easy to shop through the Cross Catholic Outreach Easter Catalog. Browse through the categories and choose an item within your budget and close to your heart, such as Women-Owned Farms or preventing human trafficking. Select and sponsor one or more of these gifts, and you’ll make a meaningful impact on the life of a needy child or family overseas. It’s that simple!

During Lent, Catholics around the world pray, fast and give alms for our brothers and sisters in need. Small sacrifices are just one of the ways that we can follow Jesus’ example of giving his life on the cross to accomplish God’s plan of redemption. When we give alms, we bless the poor, we obey God’s command to care for them, and express our gratitude for the gift of salvation!

Absolutely! Once you select your items, you’ll be given the option of sending an e-card or printing a customizable certificate. These Easter blessings are a fun way to share Christ’s love with others and honor friends and family.

Donations from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures for the Easter Catalog incurred through June 30, 2023, the close of our ministry’s fiscal year. In the event that more funds are raised than are needed to fully fund the project, the excess funds, will be used to meet the most urgent needs of the ministry.