About 32% of Kenya’s population does not have access to clean, safe water. Instead of turning a tap to quench their thirst, women and children spend hours each day searching for some way to collect enough water for their families.
By observing the three pillars of Lent — prayer, fasting and almsgiving — your parish, school or group can take part in a meaningful outreach that will forever transform communities in southern Kenya. Together, we can share the love of Christ and provide 67,177 people with Water for Life!
Since 2013, Cross Catholic Outreach has worked with Father Fabian Hevi to transform communities with clean water. To date, generous Catholics across the U.S. have mobilized to provide a total of 33 community water systems, which are now serving 133,724 people throughout Kenya.
With your help, we can extend the same grace to 10 villages that remain in critical need of safe water.
Philomena Wanza, 15, fills her bucket at a muddy ground hole near the village of Mokine.
Almost one-third of Kenya’s population lacks access to clean, safe water.
Only about 30% of the country has access to proper sanitation, such as modern toilets and sanitary latrines.
Roughly 75% of the people earn at least a portion of their income through farming — a dangerous gamble in that country
Over 36% of the people live below the international poverty line of $1.90 a day.
Sources: The World Bank and CIA World Factbook
In the village of Mokine, Agnes helps gather water for her family. She and her neighbors walk nearly two miles to reach a dry riverbed. There, they dig into the earth and wait for muddy water to seep up from the ground. Bacteria, parasites and an unhealthy level of sodium carbonate contaminate this water.
Moses Mutua, 6, and his brother Jonathan, 4, help their family collect water in Tawa. Sometimes the people of Tawa must make multiple trips to fill their jerricans at a muddy lake. Young children often contract painful waterborne illnesses from drinking such contaminated water.
Water for Life can enhance the Lenten experience of your parishioners, students or group members. Our free resources will help them learn more about Kenya’s water crisis and apply their talents to make a difference.
Begin Lent by creating collection cups and praying for those in need of clean water.
Place your collection cup near the sink or fridge, and consider how your blessings can honor Christ’s sacrifice.
Practice making small sacrifices this week, and search the Scriptures to see what they say about “water.”
Use this lesson to better understand poor water quality and participate in a water-related service activity.
Plant seeds for change, and make a plan to bless at least one person in need this week.
As we complete our Lenten journey, pray for those who thirst, and take part in a lifesaving Walk for Water.
Fr. Fabian, a priest with the Society of African Missionaries and the founder of Good Samaritan Water Sanitation Services.
Born in Ghana, Fr. Fabian was first sent to Kenya by the Society of African Missionaries in 2002. It was there he discovered one of his life’s greatest callings: bringing water to people who had none.
“That is one of my biggest dreams. Everyone should have access to clean and good water,” Fr. Fabian says. “There should be a day where everyone has access to good water. Just like we have to have air, we have to have water to survive.”
Fr. Fabian knows what the power of clean water can do. It conquers disease, transforms communities and refreshes faith. Sharing this conviction, Cross Catholic Outreach has partnered with this devoted priest to save and change lives throughout Kenya. Today, we are asking you to join us.
In 2018, Fr. Fabian founded his own nonprofit, Good Samaritan Water Sanitation Services, so that he could bring the blessing of clean water to any diocese in Kenya. Founded on the teachings of Christ, the organization strives to model the gospel by providing clean water systems, as well as education regarding water, sanitation, hygiene and agriculture.
Good Samaritan Water Sanitation Services follows several important steps in order to reach the water table. By using a trusted contractor, Geotronics Engineering Ltd., and drilling deep into the earth (often around 200 meters), Fr. Fabian’s NGO can install water systems that will bless their communities for years to come.
There are several important steps taken to guarantee the quality and longevity of the water systems. Drilled deep into the earth (to around 200 meters), the boreholes reach into the clean, abundant water table. Such measures ensure that the water systems will endure through seasons of drought and bless their communities for generations to come.
Following the traditional three pillars of Lent — praying, fasting and almsgiving — we encourage your parish, school or group to share God’s mercy with poor Kenyan communities in need of safe water. By participating in Water for Life, you will lift heavy burdens from weary shoulders and forever transform lives. Suggested fundraising goals are provided here.
Lenten Challenge Sponsor
$26,752 will provide clean water for $2,200 villagers
Lenten Challenge Sponsor – $26,752 will provide clean water for 2,200 villagers
Water for Life Sponsor
$12,160 will provide clean water for 1,000 villagers
Water for Life Sponsor – $12,160 will provide clean water for 1,000 villagers
Abundant Water Sponsor
$6,080 will provide clean water for 500 villagers
Abundant Water Sponsor – $6,080 will provide clean water for 500 villagers
Wells of Salvation Sponsor
$1,216 will provide clean water for 100 villagers
Wells of Salvation Sponsor – $1,216 will provide clean water for 100 villagers
Living Water Sponsor
$608 will provide clean water for 50 villagers
Living Water Sponsor – $608 will provide clean water for 50 villagers
Make this Lent memorable by engaging in a meaningful Lenten outreach to bless those in need. Empower the children and families in your community to take action and share a tangible reminder of Christ’s mercy with the poor. Together, we can honor the Lord’s sacrifice by relieving the physical and spiritual burdens of entire communities that are longing to find Water for Life!
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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.
Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2021, the close of our ministry’s new fiscal year. In the event that more funds are raised than needed to fully fund the project, the excess funds, if any, will be used to meet the most urgent needs of the ministry.
For each week, the Lenten Activity Guide includes dedicated reflections based on Sunday Mass readings throughout the 40 days of Lent that culminate in the celebration of Easter. Each week’s activities include readings, verses to memorize, fundraising activities and insightful facts to encounter the needs of Kenya’s orphans and vulnerable children. We encourage you to be creative in your use of this guide, incorporating your own ideas to enrich your experience.
March 1st – March 7th
March 8th – 14th
March 15th – 21st
March 22nd – 28th
March 29th – April 4th
April 5th – 12th
By joining Cross Catholic Outreach’s Carry the Cross Lenten outreach, you can minister to Kenya’s vulnerable street children.
With your support this Lenten season, we can provide 153 children with safe shelter, food, medical care, education, life skills training, counseling and Catholic formation.
Your obedience to Christ’s command to care for these vulnerable children will raise a generation of Catholics with dignity and hope for the future!