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At St. John Bosco Rehabilitation Center, children find fresh hope for the future as they eat hearty meals, receive an education, make friends and learn about God’s love.

Vulnerable Children Impact Update

Your Gifts Rescued Children in Developing Countries and Restored Their Hope

God has a beautiful plan for all his children, but it often takes the Church working in partnership with supportive people like you to set his restorative plans in motion. This is especially true for the 1 billion vulnerable children worldwide who are multi-dimensionally poor — lacking access to basic needs such as educationfoodclean water and a safe place to live.

In 2023, generous U.S. Catholics like you stepped forward to help the world’s poorest children, giving our ministry partners in 12 countries the help they needed to transform lives.

Your generosity helped Cross Catholic Outreach provide grants for 24 projects, assisting children in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, South America, and Mexico and Central America. For example, your support helped us bless young survivors of violence and human trafficking in the Philippines, with a safe, Christ-centered home. Our in-country partners were also able to rescue 55 children from the streets and crushing poverty in informal settlements, providing them with safe shelter, warm meals, education, medical care and spiritual formation through St. John Bosco Rehabilitation Center in Kitale, Kenya.

Fiscal Year 2023 Impact

Grants Provided
Children Fed
Children Reintegrated With Families
Orphan Center Feeding Programs Supported



Two young African girls wearing pink dresses stand side by side.
Twins Anecha and Anercia were orphaned shortly after birth and have been raised by their grandparents. Thanks to our donors' support for ACM, their family has received much-needed food supplies, and the girls were able to start school last year.

Mozambique has suffered hardship upon hardship — civil war, extreme hunger, and the HIV/AIDS epidemic, to name a few — and it is estimated that 2 million of the nation’s children have been orphaned by either one or both parents. Without proper nutrition, education and opportunities, these vulnerable children are likely to remain trapped in the same cycles of poverty that have plagued their families for generations.

Thankfully, our ministry partner Association Cross Mozambique is responding to God’s call to care for these boys and girls. With our support in 2023, this outreach founded by Catholic laywomen equipped 173 students with essentials such as school supplies and uniforms, provided 20 at-risk girls with quality education and care at a Catholic boarding school, and supplied some of the area’s poorest children with nourishing meals and basic health care.

Thanks to God’s mercy working through his Church, precious children are learning, growing and looking toward a future filled with hope!

Fast Facts


Association Cross Mozambique was founded in 2013 to share Christ’s love with vulnerable children — especially those affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Cross Catholic Outreach has been the ministry’s primary partner since the beginning.


The Archdiocese of Maputo has recognized Association Cross Mozambique as an organization that provides humanitarian assistance and appointed Father Anastacio Jorge as the ministry’s spiritual leader.


Association Cross Mozambique’s vision is “to protect the rights of orphans and vulnerable children through educational sessions and catechesis for the moral development of children in families and communities.”

Other Outreaches

In addition to providing education and care for vulnerable children, we work with Association Cross Mozambique to provide food support for the elderly, as well as housing and income-generating initiatives for struggling families.

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.