James 1:27 says, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress.” In developing countries around the world, Catholic orphanages, schools, boarding homes and feeding centers are committed to practicing this pure and pleasing form of worship — meeting the needs of orphaned and vulnerable children.
Without anyone to care for them, these little ones would be left to fend for themselves. But with compassionate support from the Catholic Church, children can find nourishing meals, safe places to sleep and a door-opening education. They also have access to professional counseling and spiritual formation that can free them from pain and transform their futures.
In 2021, your generosity helped our ministry provide grants for 31 projects to strengthen vulnerable children in nine countries. Our donors’ reach was worldwide, assisting children in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. For example, your support rescued children through Creamos Home for Vulnerable Children in Bolivia. You also empowered the St. Vincent de Paul Home for Children to provide food and medical care to abandoned babies in Quito, Ecuador.