Help the Church Bless the Poor in Latin America

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Fight Poverty With the Populorum Progressio Foundation

Relieve the burden of poverty through high-impact projects selected by a board of Catholic bishops

St. John Paul II created the Populorum Progressio Foundation in 1992 to serve poor families in Latin America and the Caribbean. Today, Pope Francis continues this mission of hope — but the Church needs your help to meet urgent needs. Together, we can empower children and families with clean water, food, microenterprise and medical care.

The Church needs your support for 14 critical development and relief projects in seven Latin American countries.

Our Vatican Partnership

Channel aid through Catholic dioceses in Latin America

Cross Catholic Outreach is a Vatican-endorsed official Catholic ministry. Since 2019, we’ve sponsored more than 70 Populorum Progressio Foundation projects, impacting thousands of impoverished families. All projects are vetted by Latin American bishops and follow our high standards of financial accountability.

Stand With the Church and Bless Needy Families in Christ’s Name

- Featured Projects -

Populorum Progressio

Clean Water & Sanitation in Brazil - Borehole & Storage Cistern

In the Jural district of Cabo de Santo Agostinho, Brazil, poor sugarcane farmers lack access to clean drinking water. This project would drill a well in a centralized area, providing families with safe water year-round.

- other projects your gift will support -

  •   Borehole and Storage Cistern in Brazil
  •   Rainwater Collection / Storage in Rural Colombia
  •   Latrines and WASH Training in Colombia
  •   Microirrigation Systems in Bolivia

Agriculture in Colombia - Community Gardens

This project would provide 50 families in Medina, Colombia, with seeds, tools, and organic fertilizer to grow vegetable gardens. Your support would prevent malnutrition in an area where nearly 75% of the population falls below the poverty line.

- other projects your gift will support -

  • •  Home Gardens in Brazil
  • •  Community Gardens in Colombia

Microenterprise in Nicaragua - Business Loans for Street Vendors

This project would help 25 families affected by socio-political violence to build small businesses — including bakeries, shoe manufacturing, carpentry, food and beverage sales, and saddlery.

- other projects your gift will support -

  • •  Poultry Husbandry in Bolivia
  • •  Poultry Husbandry in Colombia
  • •  Poultry and Guinea Pig Husbandry in Ecuador
  • •  Business Loans for Street Vendors in Nicaragua
  • •  Machinery / Microfinancing for Brazilian Fruit  

Medical Care in Peru - Community Medicine Cabinets in the Amazon

In the Peruvian Amazon, there is little access to health care. This project would build three health facilities and stock each of them with basic medicines, helping 180 families in remote villages.

- other projects your gift will support -

  • •  Medicine and Medical Equipment for a Health Clinic in Nicaragua
  • •  Medicine Cabinets in the Peruvian Amazon
  • •  Medications for Clinics in Venezuela

Projects by Country

  • •  Business Loans for Street Vendors
  • •  Medicine and Medical Equipment for a Health Clinic
  • •  Medications for Clinics
  • •  Community Gardens
  • •  Rainwater Collection and Storage
  • •  Latrines and WASH Training
  • •  Poultry Husbandry
  • •  Poultry and Guinea Pig Husbandry
  • •  Machinery and Microfinancing for Fruit Processing
  • •  Borehole and Storage Cistern
  • •  Home Gardens
  • •  Microirrigation Systems
  • •  Poultry Husbandry
  • •  Community Medicine Cabinets in the Amazon

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Share God’s mercy with our brothers
and sisters in Latin America

Help the poor for the commandment’s sake, and in their need do not send them away empty-handed. Sirach 29:9

Your support of the Church will transform lives in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Peru and Venezuela. By funding these critical outreaches, you are supporting lifesaving missions and restoring hope in Christ. Join us now to put Catholic social teaching into action.

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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.