Project Catalog

Women & Girls

Women and girls in poor communities around the world face unique vulnerabilities the Church must address. Their hardships range from sexual exploitation to inadequate pregnancy care. Cross Catholic Outreach partners with ministries committed to caring for and empowering females. You can help support these efforts and embrace the most vulnerable in the arms of Christ.

During her first two pregnancies, Worknesh struggled to afford medical care. Her family lives in a mud home in one of Addis Ababa’s poorest communities, surviving on less than $4 a day. For that reason, she put off seeking professional care for as long as possible and developed high-risk complications.

By God’s grace, Worknesh and her babies survived — but tragically, many impoverished mothers and children remain in peril. Unable to afford quality care, women often delay visiting a hospital or clinic until it is too late. Some even give birth at home in unsanitary conditions, increasing the risk of deadly illness and infection.

At St. Gabriel Catholic Health Center, the Brothers of Good Works are fighting for the lives of these women and their babies. This year, they hope to provide thousands of mothers with prenatal, labor and delivery, and postnatal care services. They are also poised to offer health checkups, nutritional therapy and routine vaccines for young children — but their essential mission can only move forward with help from friends like you.

Your gift will empower this Catholic hospital to extend God’s grace through compassionate medical care. It will help prevent unnecessary tragedies and ensure safe, healthy deliveries that bring new life into the world.

Safeguard the sanctity of life, and guarantee a blessed start for little ones in need.

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Vulnerable Children in Mozambique – CPS OVC Support

Your support will bless vulnerable children, orphans, the elderly and the blind with meals, academic support, clothes, hygiene products and more.
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Women Empowerment Center

Help empower vulnerable Ethiopian families and provide medical aid to 170 marginalized children with special needs.
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Food in Mexico – Tláhuac Home for Girls

Your support will restore health and hope by feeding 60 young girls who are suffering from crippling poverty, malnutrition — and even abuse.
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Agriculture in Dominican Republic – Batey Relief Alliance Agriculture

Your support will empower impoverished mothers to start small agricultural businesses so they can earn an income and properly care for their children.
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Health Care in Haiti – Diocese of Jeremie Women’s Health Program

Give the much-needed love, hope and health care access to impoverished women.
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Health Care in Ethiopia – St. Gabriel Health Center

Protect the health of pregnant Ethiopian women and their babies.
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Health Care in Zambia – St. Joseph Health Center

Help build a birthing center for expectant mothers.
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Home for Youth Affected by HIV/AIDS

Contribute to this mission of mercy and extend a loving hand to vulnerable children and orphans stigmatized by HIV/AIDS!
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Education in Jamaica – St. Theresa Kindergarten

Give the gift of Catholic education to children in Jamaica.
Students at the boarding homes run by Santa Maria del Mexicano depend on your support!
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Education in Mexico – Santa Maria del Mexicano

Provide a Catholic education for children from Mexico’s streets.
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Vulnerable Children in Kenya – Marie Adelaide Girls Rescue Center

Foster a safe and welcoming environment for Kenyan girls in need.
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Education in Belize – Pallotti High School Scholarships

Provide a Catholic education to poor, at-risk girls in Belize so they can discover their God-given gifts and emerge from generational poverty.

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Most Urgent Needs Around the World

Transform the lives of the poor by meeting their most urgent needs. Your gift can support critical ongoing programs or provide lifesaving supplies such as food or medicine when disasters strike. Be an answer to prayer. Make a gift today!

Give in Honor of a Loved One

Make a gift in honor of a friend or family member! It’s an easy way to raise awareness of the Church’s work while making a difference in the lives of the poor. Once you complete the checkout process, let your honoree know about your gift by sending a printed certificate or e-card.

What Is Your Legacy Mission?

When you include Cross Catholic as a beneficiary in your will, trust, retirement account or life insurance policy, you will make a difference for poor communities by meeting both material and spiritual needs for generations to come.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Cross Catholic Outreach Project Catalog makes it easy to support the world poverty relief and development efforts dearest to your heart. You can fund an individual project — such as one providing Food or Housing— in a specific country, or you can give to one of our various general funds. All listed projects are those we have committed to funding during our current fiscal year.
It’s easy to shop through the Cross Catholic Outreach Project Catalog. Simply browse the categories and choose an item within your budget and close to your heart, such a Women-Owned Farms in Haiti or Powdered Milk for Children. Select and sponsor one or more of these gifts, and you’ll make a meaningful impact on the life of a needy child or family. It’s that simple!

Absolutely! Once you select your items, you’ll be given the option of sending an e-card or printing a customizable certificate. This is a meaningful way to share Christ’s love with others while also honoring friends and family.

We are a Catholic ministry that partners with bishops, priests, religious and lay workers to provide food, water & health, housing, kids & education, women & girls, disaster relief, farming & loans opportunities and the love of our Lord Jesus Christ to the poor and vulnerable in over 30 countries around the world.

We meticulously honor the intent of our donors. All proceeds are restricted for the specific project for which they are raised, along with the fundraising and administrative expenses of that project. For each dollar you earmark for a specific project, about 83 cents goes directly to the project, while the remaining 17 cents goes to fundraising and administrative expenses for that project. Out of the combined total of all cash and material goods donated to Cross Catholic Outreach in a typical year, about 95% goes directly to programs that help the poor and vulnerable.

Donations from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures for this project incurred through June 30, 2025, 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.