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The Global Struggle for Clean Water

Change lives through clean water and effective sanitation
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The Global Struggle for Clean Water

Clean lives through clean water and effective sanition

Imagine a world where water doesn’t flow in abundance. Here in the U.S., we just turn on a tap. People in the developing world aren’t so fortunate. They don’t have the funds to install modern water and sanitation systems, which means the poor are forced to seek water from other sources that are often contaminated. This leaves families sick and lethargic. Children suffer most of all.

Diarrhea, typically caused by waterborne illnesses, is the
second-leading cause of death among children under five.

Source: WHO

Cross Catholic Outreach understands how the struggle for clean, accessible water impacts a poor family’s health, education and economic progress. By providing clean water systems, we can relieve this burden on the poor. They have more time to support their families and children can attend school. They can also break new ground in evangelism and salvation. Once a village has water, it is better able to receive the message of Jesus Christ as our Living Water.

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Campaign Highlights

Within the past year, we have helped our Catholic partners fund the construction and repairs of 62 community water systems worldwide, which has provided 34,086 people with clean, abundant water. This year, we have water and sanitation projects either planned or underway for our partners in nine countries, and we hope to raise $1.1 million in total funds.

Surely God wants us to continue helping poor families have clean water and safe sanitation.
HIGHLIGHTED PROJECT

Providing Clean Water in Chipata, Zambia

With a heavy bucket of murky water perched on her head, Dorothy Lungu slowly makes her way home from the local water source. The journey is challenging, but Dorothy must make this backbreaking trek if her family is to have any water.

Villagers like Dorothy living in the Diocese of Chipata, Zambia, know their water is contaminated, but they have no other options. As a result, they often suffer from diarrhea, typhoid and dysentery. A second and related problem for these rural villagers is poor sanitation. Few homes have access to toilets and outdoor defecation is common, leading to the spread of infectious diseases.

Clearly, her teachers have had a big impact on her, and not just in terms of career goals. She told us her favorite Bible verse is Psalm 46.“I like it because God is our protection, our refuge, and we are covered by him. I know if I read it at night, I’m covered by him.”

“ We are drawing water from a shallow well. We are together with the animals, cattle, goats, and pigs. ”

– Dorothy Lungu

Bringing Hope to the Families in Chipata, Zambia

Cross Catholic Outreach wants to help the Catholic Church in Chipata address the needs of its people by bringing water to the community. It will do more than quench physical thirst. It will also address community needs by providing training in sanitation and hygiene. Most important, it will be an answer to prayers. A community water system is a tangible expression of God’s love for the poor and fosters peace as Catholic villagers and those of other denominations come together to share from the same well.

2,058 adults and 3,085 children will be impacted by constructing 15 hand-pump wells — one for each village — and will include troughs for animals and basins for washing clothes. Villagers will also be trained to construct pit latrines, dish-drying racks, rubbish pits and handwashing stations to reduce the spread of disease.

Your gift will save lives, and the love of the Christ will be revealed.

Donor Testimonial

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There can be no life without water — that’s why water is such a fitting symbol of God’s saving power and why Christ referred to himself as the living water — the source of eternal life.

Please — seize this opportunity to change lives in a miraculous way! Bring clean water and safe sanitation to poor communities worldwide and together we will prove the power of Christ’s mercy and sacrifice.

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There can be no life without water — that’s why water is such a fitting symbol of God’s saving power and why Christ referred to himself as the living water — the source of eternal life.

Please — seize this opportunity to change lives in a miraculous way! Bring clean water and safe sanitation to poor communities worldwide and together we will prove the power of Christ’s mercy and sacrifice.

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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 for this project incurred through June 30, 2021, 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.