Called to Quench the Thirst of Christ

As he hung on the cross, Jesus cried out, “I thirst!” Around the world, 780 million people lack sufficient access to drinking water, and 2 billion people drink water from a contaminated source. This water, which is often tainted with feces and parasites, leads to various waterborne illnesses, including diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, hepatitis A and typhoid.

In developing countries such as Haiti, even obtaining unsafe water is a challenging task. Women and children are typically given this chore, and they must often walk miles to a source — losing time that could otherwise be spent in school or at work. This pushes families even deeper into poverty.

Bring Clean Water to the Poor

Father Glenn Meaux and his ministry at the Kobonal Haiti Mission in the Diocese of Hinche provide clean water wells in impoverished villages throughout the region. When the poor have a clean water source in their community, it reduces illness and renews God-given dignity.

Today, you can answer this cry by quenching the thirst of those who remain in desperate need. Empower our ministry partners like Fr. Meaux and honor Jesus by blessing poor families in developing communities around the world with clean water.

Haiti’s Water Crisis

Political instability, food shortages, natural disasters and a lack of basic infrastructure have kept most Haitians in a cycle of poverty for generations.

Haitian’s often walk up and down steep ravines to access riverbeds.

Dirty Water Equals Sick Kids

Water is essential to life, but for Gesner and Francois Pierre, finding a reliable source of it can be incredibly difficult. Each day they dig in a dry riverbed, hoping water will seep up so they can collect it for their poor children. This water is usually contaminated, but they gather it because they have no other options. As they drink dirty water, Pierre’s children often become sick, experiencing diarrhea and abdominal cramps.

Nearly 60% of Haiti's 11 million people live below the poverty line. Almost 55% survive on less than $2.41 a day.

Water Problems

For Dilson Alika, getting a drink means rising at 3 a.m. to beat the line at the ravine, where groundwater drips into muddy holes. Once the source goes dry, he must wait for more water to fill the hole, drop by drop. For Dilson and others like him, fetching water takes up hours of the day and gets in the way of other work. Even then, there is never enough water available to prevent dehydration and keep a clean, sanitary home.

Holes like this are the only means many have to quench their thirst.

In the Western Hemisphere, Haiti has the least developed water and sanitation infrastructure of any other country. Only 69% of people have access to a clean water source, and only 17% have access to a modern sanitation facility.

Clean Water

Quench thirst in Jesus’ name

Water is vital to the villagers of Kobonal. It is critical for drinking and cooking, but it’s also essential for sustaining the fruit and vegetable gardens they depend on for food and income. Seven community wells will make use of freestanding hand pumps. Community leaders will oversee and perform maintenance. Each well is to be surrounded by a cement wall for security. Water will be free, but benefiting families will be encouraged to contribute a small amount to handle any future repairs the water system may require. This gives villagers a greater sense of ownership and pride.

Beneficiaries: 4,449 people

Water Source: 7 clean, hand-pump-operated wells

Cost: $300 per family to provide a clean, safe new well; $320 to repair one well

Features: Free for benefiting families; cement wall enclosure for security; hygiene and sanitation education for community members

Delivery Mechanism: Freestanding hand-pump wells

Help provide funding to build and repair community wells and water systems in Haiti and other underdeveloped parts of the world, refreshing thousands of people who must otherwise fetch water from unreliable sources.

Proven Transformation Strategy

Committed to the long term

When Father Meaux and his missionary team arrived in Kobonal, Haiti, in 1989, he was heartbroken by the suffering he encountered. In response, he established the Kobonal Haiti Mission to address the poor’s material and spiritual needs.

Since then, the Kobonal Haiti Mission has served impoverished families through safe housing, clean water, microfinance, feeding, education initiatives, a medical clinic, and a vibrant Catholic spiritual formation program.

Cross Catholic Outreach ministry partners transforming lives through safe water and the hope of Christ. You can help meet the basic human need of water by making a gift to Cross Catholic Outreach that will support ministries serving the poor in Haiti and around the world.

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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.

Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2022, 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.