Poor families in developing nations often live in flimsy shacks, cobbled together from branches, rusty sheet metal and scraps of plastic. It only takes a few thousand dollars for us to replace those leaking, dilapidated shelters with durable homes. When we bless poor families with safe shelter, it improves their entire lives. It restores the health of their children and give them greater dignity. It provides a solid foundation for the future and also allows them to focus on income-generating activities that can further bless their lives.
In 2018, Cross Catholic Outreach provided houses and other safe living accommodations for needy families through 24 projects in 11 countries. Those efforts included a collaboration with the Kobonal Haiti Mission to build houses and latrines in central Haiti, and a partnership with the Diocese of Santa Rosa de Lima in Guatemala to build 45 houses for families in need.
In 2018, 45 poor Guatemalan families were moved from dilapidated mud-and-stick huts to safe, sturdy new homes through Cross Catholic Outreach’s partnership with the Diocese of Santa Rosa de Lima’s housing ministry.
104 adults and 97 children now have a safe place to call home.
New houses included a cement foundation, a waterproof roof, secure doors and windows, and electrical wiring. Each house also included a washbasin, a latrine and a clean-air stove, which will help improve the family’s health and hygiene.