Dirty, unreliable water sources are a catastrophic — even lethal — problem for Nicaragua’s rural poor. For example, diarrhea, often caused by contaminated water, is the leading cause of death for Nicaraguan children under age 5; and kidney failure, which is strongly linked to dehydration, is the country’s number two cause of death for the overall population.
Even more tragic — these deaths are preventable.
With your help, we will be able to show God’s love to the poor in rural Nicaraguan communities by solving their need for clean, abundant water. Your generous support will bring water to approximately 514 households — about 2,600 people — by funding our local ministry partner’s plan to install modern water systems that connect directly to people’s homes. This special outreach will also provide families in those communities with 816,480 meals, 80 clean-air kitchens, 20 microloans, and funding for a pig husbandry program.
Your gift will address more than a single need. It will support our community transformation effort, blessing individuals, families and entire communities with structures, services and resources that will create significant, lasting change. You will enable our Chinandega ministry partner to develop long-term relationships with struggling rural communities, mobilize families to solve their most pressing issues, and strengthen their faith. Our partner’s hope is to eradicate the problem of shallow, unsafe water sources in the entire Chinandega area and help families achieve a higher standard of living and ultimately escape poverty.
Your generosity will bring hope to rural communities struggling with waterborne illness and other grave challenges.
About 514 families will be blessed with clean, abundant water piped directly to their homes, and will benefit from health and hygiene education.
80 households will receive clean-air stoves and sanitary preparation tables to reduce smoke inhalation and food contamination.
20 microloans will be given to aspiring entrepreneurs, and funding will be provided for a pig husbandry program.
We will ship 816,480 Vitafood meals to be distributed through schools, health facilities and other programs reaching people at risk of malnourishment.
Working hand in hand with the men, women and children of rural Nicaragua, we believe it is possible to eradicate thirst, reduce illness, and open up new sources of clean, abundant water. Professionally installed water systems, drilled deep into the earth, equipped with powerful filtration systems and connected by PVC pipes to every home, are a beautiful demonstration of God’s love for the poor.
“God’s word is like water, so I’ll say that water is like God’s words,” said Roger Antonio Acuña Mesa, a poor farmer who was willing to donate a plot of his own land to build a modern well in his community. “I came here in 1994. This community had never had clean water, not even a well.”
In 1998, Roger’s family dug a well by hand, but it is too shallow and sometimes runs dry. One year, it dried out twice. When that happens, they have to dig deeper in the hope that murky groundwater will eventually fill the hole. Now they wait for funding for the new system.
A Chinandega community inaugurates its new water system.
As Jesus’ earthly ministry neared its end, he told his disciples, “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35). Please join us in continuing to make Christ visible to families in need of clean, abundant water. This project reflects the hope of the Gospel and is a source of joy for those who have experienced tremendous pain and hardship. Hundreds of families are relying on your support!
Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2024, 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.
When you include Cross Catholic Outreach 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. Create Your Legacy!