Water for Life

Thank You!

You've transformed communities with clean water and Christ's love!

Nearly one-third of all Kenyans lack access to safe water sources; but today, the situation for 67,177 people has changed drastically! By observing the three pillars of Lent — prayer, fasting and almsgiving — your parishes, schools and groups took part in a meaningful outreach that is transforming lives in southern Kenya.

After many painful years of battling drought and waterborne diseases, families in 10 communities finally have access to clean, abundant water. Keep reading to see how your support empowered Cross Catholic Outreach and Father Fabian Hevi, a long-standing ministry partner, to meet urgent water needs in the Archdiocese of Mombasa and the Diocese of Machakos.

Abraham Sotei, 3, lifts his arms to give thanks for clean water in Orkung’u, Kenya.

Map of Kenya

Poverty in Kenya

Almost 33% 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

Lives Forever Blessed By Water

For years, women like Joyce Shuaka and Grace Kameme have risked their lives, traversing long and treacherous miles to collect water. Your generous compassion brought hope and new life to their families.

Joyce could not hide her joy as she spoke with Fr. Fabian outside the new water kiosk in Orkung’u.

Joyce’s Newfound Joy

Joyce Shuaka, a hardworking mother of four, used to collect water from Lake Jipe each day — a journey of more than 12 miles. This lake is heavily polluted, and Joyce’s neighbors would frequently contract bilharzia and other diseases from drinking its water.

Joyce prayed regularly for an end to her community’s water troubles, and God has worked through you to answer those prayers! Now she simply walks to the water kiosk in Orkung’u and gathers her fill of crystal-clear water. “Water is important. Without water there is nothing we can do, so water is life for us,” Joyce said. “Thank you!”

A Grandmother Gives Thanks

Grace Kameme, 60, lives with her daughter-in-law and six grandchildren in Tawa, Kenya. As her family’s primary provider, she farms and weaves baskets to put food on the table. However, water collection has monopolized most of her time. She has lost valuable hours from her workday and missed out on more meaningful activities for her family.

Thanks to you, however, these painful sacrifices are no longer necessary! Now that they have an abundant source of clean water, Grace’s family is able to attend daily Mass at the local parish. She has ample time for work, and her grandchildren arrive at school on time instead of helping collect water. “We are very happy, and we are seeing a lot of changes in our lives,” Grace said. “We thank God for this support!”

Thanks to the new water system in Mokine, Grace has time to work, attend Mass and get her grandchildren ready for school.

The Plan for Transformation

Sustainable water solutions to change lives forever

By supporting Water for Life, you have installed clean water systems and blessed many thousands of lives. This campaign is providing a sustainable solution to the water crisis in Kenyan communities — while also providing a tangible reminder of the Living Water that is available to us in Christ!

Fr. Fabian’s Mission

Sharing Clean Water and the Living Water of Jesus Christ

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 said. “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.”

Prior to 2021, Cross Catholic Outreach had worked with Fr. Fabian to provide 33 communities with safe water sources. This Lent, you took part in the critical mission to help 10 more communities — bringing the grand total to 43 communities blessed with clean water!

Good Samaritan Water Sanitation Services

Sharing Clean Water and the Living Water of Jesus Christ

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.

God Bless You for Making Miracles Possible

Your Lenten Outreach Has Changed Lives

This year, the Lenten observances of U.S. Catholic parishes, schools and groups have brought abundant blessings to Kenyan communities. Thanks to your generosity, women are no longer risking their lives to reach distant water sources, families are no longer suffering from painful waterborne illnesses, and children are no longer missing school to collect water.

By committing to pray, fast and give throughout the Lenten season, your parishes have blessed parishes, your students have blessed students, and your families have blessed families in Kenya.

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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.