Wells of Salvation

A Lenten Outreach to Quench Thirst and Build a Brighter Future

Many families in remote, rural communities face crushing hardships each day. Millions do not have clean water to drink, and their children attend school in unsafe structures that cannot even keep out the rain.

Through Wells of Salvation, you can build a brighter future for these families! As a participant, your parish, school, group will engage in a meaningful Lenten outreach to provide clean water, safe sanitation and Catholic education for communities in need. Altogether, this outreach will construct 65 wells, eight sanitation blocks, three schools and other essential facilities.

Join us now to empower the Diocese of Wa in Ghana, the Diocese of Karonga in Malawi and the Diocese of Chipata in Zambia, and you will help transform nearly 52,000 lives this Lent!

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A donation of $1,891 will bless about 75 people with clean water!

Take a Journey with Jesus this Lent

A Mission of Mercy to Deepen Your Lenten Observance

“By the solemn forty days of Lent, the Church unites herself each year to the mystery of Jesus in the desert.” (CCC, 540)

Matthew 4 describes how Jesus fasted for 40 days in the desert. As we are spiritually renewed during the 40 days of Lent, we have the privilege of uniting ourselves with Christ by making small sacrifices — fasting and praying along with him!

For many years, faithful Catholic leaders in Ghana, Malawi and Zambia have also journeyed with Jesus through the desert. They have made tremendous sacrifices, working in the trenches to meet the urgent needs of the poor in their communities.

This Lent, you have an opportunity to join their mission of mercy. Wells of Salvation invites parishes, schools, groups and families to journey with Jesus, embrace self-denial and bless families in need. Using our Lent Activity Guide, U.S. Catholics can apply the three pillars of Lent — prayer, fasting and almsgiving — to quench thirst and build a brighter future!

Give the Gift of Mercy This Lent

Goals For This Outreach

Empowering Devoted Dioceses to Transform Lives

Your generosity will empower Catholic leaders in three dioceses to transform lives. Altogether, these ministry efforts will provide relief for 51,754 people — including more than 2,322 students who will gain improved access to water and education!

Diocese of Wa

Install four wells and eight sanitation blocks. Construct safer schools, teacher housing, and a multipurpose rectory building.

Diocese of Karonga

Drill six deep wells. Provide empowering training to help locals prevent disease, repair wells, build latrines and earn income.

Diocese of Chipata

Provide 50 drilled wells and five hand-dug, protected wells. Improve an insufficient water system to serve a Catholic hospital.

Empower the Church to Bless Nearly 52,000 Lives This Lent

Your support will help Catholic leaders meet the needs of the poor in their communities. In the Diocese of Chipata, Zambia, local priests such as Father Andrew Pumula are counting on you to bless families with clean, safe water.

Our Ministry Partners

Meet the Partners and Beneficiaries in Africa

The Diocese of Wa, Ghana

In the Upper West Region, the Diocese of Wa serves some of Ghana’s poorest families. Since 2019, we’ve helped install five wells and six latrine blocks.

Bishop Richard Kuuia Baawobr is committed to sharing God’s love through both evangelism and tangible works of mercy.

Bishop Martin Anwel Mtumbuka is working to reach isolated communities with the hope of the Gospel.

The Diocese of Karonga, Malawi

The Diocese of Karonga is the newest diocese in Malawi. Since 2019, we’ve helped it repair 12 existing wells and install four new wells.

The Diocese of Chipata, Zambia

The Diocese of Chipata serves a vast, rural area with more than 300,000 faithful. Since 2017, we’ve helped it provide wells for 70 communities.

Bishop George Zumaire Lungu encourages fellow Catholics to follow Christ’s example and promote life by helping those in need.

Transform Lives With Clean Water, Sanitation and Catholic Education

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Quench Thirst. Build a Brighter Future.

Please donate now, or use our free tools to pray, fast and give on behalf of communities in need. Your fundraising efforts will put faith into action, transforming nearly 52,000 lives with clean water and hope for a brighter future

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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, 2022, the close of our ministry’s 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.