Vulnerable Children Impact

Your Gifts Rescued Children in Developing Countries and Restored Hope

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 future.

In 2020, your generosity helped our ministry provide grants for 28 projects to strengthen vulnerable children. Additionally, our donors funded two anti-trafficking projects and shipped material aid to four partners, ultimately assisting children in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. For example, your support rescued orphans and street children through St. Francis, St. Clare and St. Philomena Homes in Kenya. You also empowered Association Cross Mozambique to provide food, education, medical care and spiritual support for vulnerable children in the capital city of Maputo.

27 GRANTS PROVIDED TO 13 COUNTRIES

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TRAFFICKING PREVENTION: 2 PROJECTS IN 2 COUNTRIES

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GIFTS SHIPPED TO 4 PROJECTS 4 COUNTRIES

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CHILDREN FED

1,074

HIGHLIGHTED PROJECT

St. Gabriel Catholic Health Center

In 2020, Cross Catholic Outreach helped Association Cross Mozambique (ACM) meet the needs of hundreds of orphans and vulnerable children, including many infected with or orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Each day, the project fed 23 children a hot meal, and every month the project distributed food baskets to 240 children. Cross Catholic Outreach funds also went toward scholarships for 219 students to help ensure that children get the education they need to pursue a bright future.

FAST FACTS

Nutrition

240 children received food baskets each month.
23 children received a daily hot meal.

Scholarships

219 children received scholarships for primary and secondary school.

Medical

61 children received medication for HIV/AIDS.
197 children received treatment for various illnesses.

Funding

61 children received medication for HIV/AIDS.
197 children received treatment for various illnesses.

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Our mission is to mobilize the global Catholic Church to transform the poor and their communities materially and spiritually for the glory of Jesus Christ. Your gift empowers us to serve the poorest of the poor by channeling life-changing aid through an international network of dioceses, parishes and Catholic missionaries. This cost-effective approach helps break the cycle of poverty and advance Catholic evangelization.