Ñoño Garcia is one of eight children. At just 12 years old, he is unable to live in the same home as his mother because the house is too small. Your support today can help bring new homes to families around the world, so children like Ñoño can be reunited with their families under one roof.
Safe shelter is a basic human need. In fact, when housing isn’t available, families around the world often become stuck in a survival mode and are unable to work toward greater economic prosperity. For example, in rural Dominican Republic, the poorest people can only afford to build small, insecure, mud-floor shelters that flood during heavy storms. One of the Corporal Works of Mercy is to Shelter the Homeless, so we believe it is important for us to provide the poor with safe, sturdy homes.
That’s why Cross Catholic Outreach’s trusted ministry partners around the world are building quality housing for those in greatest need. In the Dominican Republic, we partner with FUNDASEP, the social outreach arm of the Diocese of San Juan de la Maguana in the Dominican Republic to build prefabricated cement homes for families currently living in unsafe, unsanitary shelters.
New homes offer more than safe, secure places for families to live. They represent a new beginning and restore the hope of families eager to build their lives on a firmer foundation!
In the Dominican Republic, 40% of the population lives in poverty, and 10% of people live in extreme poverty. Families survive through subsistence farming, working hard to put enough food on the table. Sometimes it’s not enough, with one-third of families being food insecure and 61% of babies between the ages of 6 through 11 months suffering from anemia.
Emmanuel Rosario, left, his brother, and their wives are subsistence farmers who live together in this rented home. They are looking forward to having their own safe homes to raise their families.
Most impoverished families dwell in rural areas, that lack access to basic infrastructure such as quality schools, sanitation and electricity. Under these circumstances the poorest families can only afford to build small mud-floor shelters. Their fragile homes leave them vulnerable to bad weather, vermin and intruders, and children and the elderly frequently fall ill.
Give now to bless families in the Dominican Republic and around the world.
*CIA World Factbook, Global Hunger Index, World Bank Group
Founded in 1992, FUNDASEP, the outreach arm of the Diocese of San Juan de la Maguana, offers the love of Christ to families in need in the Dominican Republic. Founded by the “Backpack Bishop,” José Grullón Estrella, to meet the deepest material and spiritual needs of the poorest families. FUNDASEP has been a trusted partner of Cross Catholic Outreach since 2005, partnering with the ministry to bring food, water, safe housing, agriculture and microenterprise opportunities to transform communities.
“The mission of Christ is to evangelize, to share the Gospel,” Bishop Grullón, now retired, once said. FUNDASEP and Cross Catholic Outreach share a similar vision — meeting material and spiritual needs to glorify the name of Jesus Christ.
Poor families in the Diocese of San Juan de la Maguana lack even the most basic needs. Struggling to survive, many of them live in unsafe, unsanitary housing. Cross Catholic Outreach is committed to helping FUNDASEP build new homes for 10 families.
The houses that FUNDASEP builds are prefabricated for easy on-site assembly and made from concrete panels that can withstand up to 90-mile-per-hour winds — a strong defense against tropical storms and hurricanes.
– shuttered windows
– solid front doors
– latrines or modern toilets
“Our house is in bad condition. Because it rains a lot, the wood has gotten rotten, and the tin has been corroded by rust. I pray to God that he helps,” said Bernarda de los Santos, a wife, mother and grandmother in the Dominican Republic.
Safe housing is one of Bernarda’s most urgent needs — and she is not alone. Many impoverished families in rural communities live in fragile homes just like hers, built from rotten wood, rusty metal, plastic tarps and other scrap materials. Such structures stand no chance against the Caribbean’s frequent storms, leaving families like Bernarda’s exposed to the elements. Their homes are often soggy, muddy, prone to extreme temperatures, and vulnerable to infestations and intruders. Many people spend their entire lives repairing and rebuilding these patchwork shelters that offer little to no protection.
With your support, we can provide strong houses for families like hers around the world.
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Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2024, 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.
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