To be a true friend of the poor, we must meet their needs when disasters strike. During these challenging times, Cross Catholic Outreach works through its partners on the ground to deliver immediate relief supplies and support long-term recovery efforts.
In 2018, Cross Catholic Outreach shipped more than $9.5 million in recovery supplies to Kenya, Haiti, Guatemala, Dominica, and the Dominican Republic, as well as within the U.S. These deliveries were nothing short of a godsend to hurricane, volcano, drought and famine survivors who were desperately praying for help.
Take, for example, the survivors of Guatemala’s Fuego volcano eruption. Cross Catholic Outreach partnered with Friends for Health and Life to bring immediate relief for these suffering families and begin rebuilding their homes.
On June 3, 2018, the Fuego volcano erupted, destroying the entire village of San Miguel Los Lotes. Traumatized survivors spent the next several months living in overcrowded shelters and grieving tremendous losses of life. Cross Catholic Outreach responded by providing immediate shipments of food and medication before funding the construction of new homes in a housing community called New Jerusalem.
In partnership with Cross International, Cross Catholic Outreach shipped 6,000 tubes of corticosteroid cream for burn victims and more than 27,000 doses of antibiotics to treat injuries.