Increase the Self-Sufficiency of the Poor

Support impoverished families struggling to earn a living

Mere material aid helps alleviate suffering, but it can only be a temporary solution to the issue of extreme poverty. It’s a bandage over a bullet wound. For lasting change, the cycle that produces generations of poverty must be broken.

As a Catholic ministry, we are devoted to breaking that cycle of poverty through integral human development and the transformative power of the Gospel. This material and spiritual approach to tackling poverty empowers the poor to become self-sufficient while providing the lasting hope and joy to be found in Christ Jesus.

Guatemala is one such area where Cross Catholic Outreach is committed to empowering the poor and improving their material and spiritual well-being. Poverty here is so severe, particularly in rural areas, that many men feel compelled to leave the country in search of jobs and opportunity. This leaves women and children alone in the attempt to survive on subsistence farming. Earning a living is difficult and contributes to the overall cycle of poverty.

By empowering the poor we can help impoverished individuals attain economic independence to provide for their families and communities.

Planting Seeds of Hope in Santa Rosa

Although poor farming communities surround the Diocese of Santa Rosa de Lima in southern Guatemala, many of its farmers do not have the skill or resources to provide beyond the immediate needs of their families. Families face extreme hardships and even famine. In fact, one in two children in Guatemala suffers from chronic malnourishment.

Father Raúl Monterroso noticed an opportunity to empower the community and share the Word of God with an agriculture program. Cross Catholic Outreach has teamed up with Fr. Raúl help farmers attain better yields and stimulate the local economy. Participant families receive seeds, seedlings and fertilizer as well as instruction in proven agricultural techniques in crop management and environmental conservation. Farming, like our other empowerment programs, helps poor families move from survival mode to economic independence.

The Cycle of Extreme Poverty

More than half of all Guatemalans live below the poverty line. Poverty is so severe that many men feel compelled to leave the country in search of jobs and opportunity.

This leaves women and children in precarious situations. Some rent small parcels of land and try to survive on subsistence farming, but the small profits are usually be turned over to the landowners, contributing to the overall cycle of poverty.

Help Now

Those suffering under extreme poverty need your help. They are trapped in a vicious cycle with no resources and no hope. As opposed to simply providing a one-time gift of material aid, your support of programs that empower the poor is a gift that keeps on giving; you contribute to the material and spiritual transformation of an entire community, helping struggling families to attain self-sufficiency and put food on the table for their children.

Your commitment to economic development will empower the poor in Santa Rosa and other poverty-stricken communities around the world.

Become a Cross Mission Partner Today

Cross Mission Partners receive this prayer journal, handmade by those we serve in Haiti!

Use it for reflections and notes to grow in your spiritual life. You’ll also receive a prayer request form to mail back so that we can pray for your needs. In effect, this creates a spiritual bridge to connect you to our sisters and brothers in Christ in the developing world!

Cross Mission Partners also receive a semiannual Mission Update with news, insights and information about the good work and accomplishments made possible by your support.

* Every dollar helps us bless the least of our brothers and sisters throughout Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Mexico & Central America and South America.

Join Now and Transform More Lives Through Monthly Giving

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.