Water Impact

You’ve Quenched the Poor’s Thirst With Living Water

Clean water changes lives — reducing illnesses, easing the labor burden on children and helping local farmers grow bountiful crops that support healthy diets. Beyond that, safe, reliable water is a source of dignity that leads our most vulnerable brothers and sisters to the Living Water of Christ.

With your help, Cross Catholic Outreach provides lifesaving community wells and water systems. In 2020, your generosity blessed families in 12 countries with water and sanitation projects. In Nicaragua, you helped Amigos for Christ install much-needed water systems in communities that lacked access to safe water sources. And in Pan de Azúcar, Dominican Republic, 885 people no longer rely on a dirty lagoon for water thanks to the new community water system you helped build.

12 GRANTS PROVIDED TO 12 COUNTRIES

12/12

COMMUNITY WATER SYSTEMS CONSTRUCTED

37

INDIVIDUAL WATER SYSTEMS CONSTRUCTED

315

PEOPLE REACHED WITH CLEAN WATER

63,438

HIGHLIGHTED WATER PROJECT

Water for Life — Kenya

Dirty water is a death trap, leaving vulnerable children and the elderly doubled over in pain from waterborne illnesses. This is a real threat in Kenya, where one of every three people lacks access to clean water. But thanks to your generosity, Cross Catholic Outreach is taking a stand against thirst — and change is underway.

With your support, Kenyan mothers and daughters no longer have to rise at 4 a.m. to search for water. We completed three new water systems in 2020, blessing 34,522 villagers with safe, refreshing sources for drinking and bathing. Our goal is to provide 10 more clean water systems in the Diocese of Machakos and the Archdiocese of Mombasa, along with water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) training sessions.

FAST FACTS

Community

Cross Catholic Outreach has supported clean water projects in the Diocese of Lodwar since 2013 and has recently expanded efforts in the Diocese of Machakos and the Archdiocese of Mombasa.

Progress

Since 2013, Cross Catholic Outreach has helped build 27 wells in northern Kenya. Ten more clean water systems are expected to be completed in dry southern villages in 2021.

Beneficiaries

Since 2013, nearly 83,000 people have access to clean water thanks to this project, and an additional 69,077 will be blessed in 2021.

Funding

Cross Catholic Outreach provided $881,214 for this project in 2020.

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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.