Fighting Poverty with the

Populorum Progressio Foundation

We’re relieving the burdens of poverty by funding 16 critical development projects in seven countries.

Fighting Poverty with the Populorum Progressio Foundation

We’re relieving the burdens of poverty by funding 16 critical development projects in seven countries. Donate here to have a lasting impact.

Pope John Paul II founded the Populorum Progressio Foundation in 1992 with the mission to show God’s love by serving the poor in Latin America and the Caribbean.

At the request of Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Cross Catholic Outreach formed a partnership with the foundation in 2018. Since then, our ministry has funded a significant number of the Holy Father Pope Francis’ charitable and development projects.

We believe this united effort can help break the cycle of poverty and restore hope… but we need your help!

Populorum Progressio Partnership Projects

To effectively transform communities, we must address their most serious problems.  For example, entire villages in Bolivia and Venezuela are currently struggling with hardships caused by contaminated drinking water. In Honduras and Guatemala, there is a lack of access to lifesaving medical care, and in Colombia and Haiti, families are struggling to put food on the table.

Bishops throughout Latin America and the Caribbean have identified and submitted some of the most pressing needs within their dioceses. Together, we can relieve these burdens by funding 16 critical development projects in seven countries.

Join us to meet immediate needs and foster lasting change for the poor.
The projects you support will address four essential categories of aid.

By supporting agricultural programs, you can empower poor families with a sustainable source of both food and income. Your gift will provide struggling farmers with the tools they need to increase their self-sufficiency and care for God’s creation.


Agricultural Strengthening in Colombia. This program will equip 30 women to sustainably plant, cultivate and harvest coffee beans. The Daughters of Charity will work closely with each beneficiary, training them in agroecological farming methods and empowering them to better support their families.

Microenterprise initiatives provide hardworking men and women with the seed money, resources and skills training to operate small businesses. Your generosity will reward honest labor, restore dignity to poor families and help them achieve God’s best for their lives.


Poultry Husbandry in Haiti. This program will help 1,500 women earn a sustainable living through poultry husbandry and egg sales. Your gift will equip beneficiaries with egg-laying hens, supporting materials and technical assistance to succeed.
Medical Care

Medical care is often unaffordable or inaccessible to poor families — especially those living in remote rural communities. Join the Church in her mission to comfort the sick, save lives, and restore health and hope to those who need it most.


Clinic Outreaches in Guatemala. This program will allow Zatti Clinic to serve up to 3,500 people over the next year, both at its physical location and through monthly medical outreaches. With your help, the clinic can provide rural Guatemalans with low-cost medicines, lab services and medical and psychological consultations.
Clean Water & Sanitation

The gift of clean water transforms entire communities. Your support will provide safe drinking sources and improved sanitation to those in desperate need, vastly improving their health and hygiene.


Clean Water Systems in Venezuela. This program will bless 50 families in the Diocese of Margarita by giving them a self-sustaining water system and purifier. Families will no longer spend hours collecting water from contaminated sources, and they will finally be free from waterborne disease.
Observing the Great Commandment

Discover why Pat and Jane Tracy support Cross Catholic Outreach and our ministry to the poorest of the poor in this testimonial video.

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Don’t miss this opportunity to share God’s mercy with our suffering brothers and sisters in Latin America and the Caribbean. Your response will transform lives in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras and Venezuela. It will also strengthen local Catholic leaders who are working with limited resources to meet the needs in their dioceses. By funding critical outreaches, we can equip them to better serve impoverished communities and restore lost hope.

Please give now to fuel these meaningful missions and deliver lasting relief in Christ’s name!

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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 incurred through June 30, 2023, 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.