Bless Nicaraguan Families with Clean Water, Food, Empowerment and Health

Laboring under the brutal Nicaraguan sun, rural families often suffer from energy-draining thirst. Many have no running water or flush toilets. What murky water they are able to collect from rivers or shallow wells can be dangerous as it is essential because they have no way to filter the E. coli, parasites and pesticides that make their children sick.

Today, you can help end this suffering by supporting a current effort to supply these communities with clean, reliable drinking water sources. Our Chinandega ministry partner wants to create a God-honoring health revolution among these suffering families by vastly improving what they drink, eat and breathe.

Join With Cross Catholic Outreach and Transform Lives. Together We Can:

Connect 1,442 households to clean, reliable water sources.

Send 1.6 million Vitafood meals.

Build 8 clean-air kitchens.

Fund 81 microloans.

Provide 8 farmers with healthy piglets to raise for sale.

Meet the Beneficiaries

Learn More About Lives Impacted by Your Gift

Worried for Her Future

Martha Irene Vargas Sánchez doesn’t know what it is like to have a ready supply of clean water to drink. To drink, bathe and cook, she and her family rely on water from shallow, hand-dug wells that are full of contaminants. When the dry season comes, her situation is worse because even those water sources dry up. “With a shovel or by hand, we drill it a little bit until the water comes out,” Martha explained.

She believes that gaining access to a clean, dependable water source at home would change her family’s lives dramatically. “To have drinking water here in our house would be the most fabulous thing that could happen to us. It would be something wonderful because we have difficulties with the wells and we have to carry water for a long time. With our own faucet, the situation would be different… everything would be calm.”

Martha hopes her son Jonathan will grow up with clean water. Your support can help make that dream a reality.

A Nicaraguan woman washes clothes by hand.

Martha believes a clean water system would transform her life.

Silvia (right) worries about the health of her two children.

Silvia’s Plight

Silvia María Girón is a single mother of two. You can hear her heartache as she opens up about her struggles to raise her son and daughter.

At just 18, her son has the lungs of a long-time cigarette smoker, thanks to a lifetime of smoke inhalation from cooking over an open fire. Even at this young age, he struggles to breathe. Silvia’s son also has a bacterial infection in his gut, and the doctor has warned him to only drink purified water — but that is a remedy they cannot afford. Compounding her misery, Silvia is also sick and unable to do much more than take care of the hens that provide her meager livelihood.

Compassionate friends like you can transform the lives of Silvia and her children.

Committed to Transforming Chinandega, Nicaragua

Cross Catholic Outreach’s long-term effort to be Christ’s hands and feet to rural Nicaragua has already sparked a chain reaction of new beginnings. Word is spreading from community to community of the miracle you help make possible: clean water flowing where none ever flowed before; families rescued from perpetual illness; children eating well and going to school; and heads of household empowered to increase their earnings and provide for their loved ones.

This is a holistic endeavor that starts with the basic need for clean water—a resource that is still tragically out of reach for more than 100,000 people in Chinandega’s rural communities—and charts a seven-year journey toward improved health, hygiene, education, leadership and economics. Our local ministry partner is determined to bring the lifesaving gift of water to every one of those communities within the next decade—a transformation you can be a part of today by joining us in quenching the thirst of 1,442 families.

What Your Gift Will Provide

More than just a water project, this initiative revitalizes downtrodden communities, restoring hope, inspiring change, providing knowledge and resources, and even increasing families’ income-generating power.

Clean Water

Install and repair water systems that will pipe water directly to about 1,442 households.

Safe Housing

Build 8 clean-air kitchens for families suffering from smoke inhalation from traditional wood-burning stoves.

Healthy Food

Send 1,632,960 Vitafood meals for distribution through school feeding programs and health facilities.


Fund 81 microloans and financial training and also support a pig husbandry project to increase families’ income-generating power.

A meeting of community leaders, who play a critical role in implementing local development projects and enacting long-term transformation.

Let Hope Overflow

Help Quench Thirst in Jesus’ Name

Join us in this mission of mercy for the glory of Jesus Christ, and together, we can bring hope and healing to thousands of people in Chinandega, Nicaragua.

All they want is to build a better future for their families. You can help make that dream possible as you respond to their need for clean water, clean air, healthy food and economic empowerment.

Download the Proposal

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.

What Is Your Legacy Mission?

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!