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Delivering food, shelter, and hope to the poorest of the poor
The gift of a safe home is a life-transforming blessing for a child like Fátima Fernandez.
In rural Guatemala, extreme poverty prevents families from building safe homes, sending their children to school and even buying their daily bread. Your compassion can bring the miracle they desperately need by providing all of these blessings!
Cross Catholic Outreach is working with trusted partners in the Diocese of Santa Rosa de Lima and the Diocese of Suchitepéquez-Retalhuleu to provide concrete homes for 159 families that currently live in dangerous, crumbling structures. We also hope to reach their communities with nutritious meals, educational opportunities and the hope-restoring message of God’s love. Your support is needed to make this mission possible.
Nearly 60% of Guatemala’s population lives in poverty, with one in four people earning less than $3.20 a day (CIA World Factbook, The World Bank). More than half the nation’s people live in rural areas, which often lack access to basic infrastructure. Under these circumstances, the poorest families can only afford to build small mud-floor shelters. Their fragile dwellings leave them vulnerable to bad weather, vermin and intruders, and children and the elderly frequently fall ill.
Give now to bless families in Guatemala with greater security, improved health and a tangible reminder of God’s love.
Under the leadership of their respective bishops, Caritas in the Diocese of Santa Rosa de Lima and the Diocese of Suchitepéquez-Retalhuleu are working closely with Cross Catholic Outreach to strengthen local families by delivering humanitarian aid and supporting integral human development.
Since 2014, Cross Catholic Outreach has supported the diocese’s material and spiritual ministries through programs for faith formation, food, education, agriculture and housing, impacting thousands of families.
Appointed in 2021, Bishop José Cayetano Parra Novo (third from left) has already taken an active role in the compassionate work of Caritas. Here, His Excellency inaugurates the diocese’s first Catholic school.
Since 2018, we’ve helped provide food relief, agricultural support and academic scholarships and built two community water systems to strengthen local families. This will be our first housing project in the diocese!
His Excellency Pablo Vizcaíno Prado reviews construction plans for the Diocese of Suchitepéquez-Retalhuleu. He has been bishop of the diocese since its inception.
The Moctezuma-Dupont family stands outside their current home. Your generosity will bless families like theirs with safe new houses.
With your help, this outreach will bless 159 families (1,113 individuals) with the gift of safe housing. It only takes $8,434 to build a simple, sturdy home for a family in need! A typical house will feature:
Cristina Yanes pleads to God to keep her children safe. Her stick-and-thatch home cannot keep out the rain — much less pests and intruders.
“I am afraid of someone coming and doing something to me and my children,” Cristina shared.
Answer the prayers of mothers like Cristina by providing strong homes.
Cristina and her daughter, Mariela, stand outside their home.
Cross Catholic Outreach is committed to transforming lives both materially and spiritually for the glory of Jesus Christ. To accomplish this, we work with partners like Caritas to assess the needs of individual communities and develop tailored programs that promote integral human development. Rooted in Catholic social teaching, this Christ-centered approach seeks to help families flourish physically, intellectually, economically and spiritually.
Integral human development addresses all factors that harm the community, limit opportunity or take away hope. In addition to building safe houses, your gift will foster lasting transformation by supporting these programs in the Diocese of Santa Rosa de Lima.
Support seminarians and equip lay leaders to share God’s Word within their communities.
Provide 70 partial scholarships and support a Catholic school to help children achieve their dreams.
Equip 249 families with resources and training to strengthen their harvests.
Fill stomachs with 816,480 protein-rich meals to fight malnutrition.
Floridaima de la Cruz and her children used to live in a crumbling shelter. Today, they have a safe home! Take action to bless more families like theirs.
Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2023, 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.
When you include Cross Catholic Outreach as a beneficiary in your will, trust, retirement account or life insurance policy, you will make a difference for poor communities by meeting both material and spiritual needs for generations to come. Create Your Legacy!