Do you see Jesus in the faces of these children?

When you bless them with clean water, you’re taking part in more than an act of mercy.

That was the perspective of Saint Teresa of Calcutta, who often spoke of “recognizing Jesus in the distressing disguise of the poor.” This Lent, answer our heavenly Father’s command to love — not just in word, but in deed — by providing clean water to poor children.

Help Poor Children and Their Families Receive Safe Drinking Water

- Answer the Cry for Help of a Child in Need This Lent -

Water drawn from shallow wells makes people sick. It’s full of contaminants from filthy latrines, animal waste and pesticides.
There is a solution. Your gift today will help us to bring clean water to impoverished children and families. In Nicaragua, this means drilling deep wells and installing powerful electric pumps and large holding tanks to deliver safe, clean water into the homes of 201 struggling Nicaraguan families, including the family of young Jahzeel.

Jazheel's Story

Drink contaminated water

... or go thirsty?

Every day, before his nearly two-mile walk to school, 9-year-old Jahzeel, from Nicaragua, lowers a bucket on a rope into his family’s hand-dug well to fetch water for drinking and bathing.

The parasite-infested water gives him diarrhea and makes him vomit, but Jahzeel drinks it anyway. There is nothing else. The only alternative is to go thirsty. Kidney failure, often caused by dehydration, is the number two cause of death in his country.

This Lent, see Jesus in the face of a poor child like Jahzeel. Help poor children and their families receive safe, clean water.

This is 9-year-old Jahzeel. Your prayers and Lenten gift will bless Jahzeel and other vulnerable children and families in need of safe, clean drinking water.


This Lent, Offer Prayers and Alms for a Child in Need

Something amazing happens when you respond with compassion to the suffering of the poor: Your heart will be transformed. You’ll grow closer to our Lord during Lent. And next month, you will experience the joy of Easter in a whole new way.

Every cup of clean water is a blessing!

Prepare Your Heart for Joy at Easter by Blessing Suffering Children This Lent.

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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.

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Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures to provide clean water incurred through June 30, 2020, 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.