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The Archdiocese of Mombasa and the Diocese of Machakos make up extremely dry regions in Kenya. These areas often receive little precipitation during Kenya’s rainy season, and schools frequently close because their water sources run dry.
Women and children are in charge of collecting water for their families — a time-consuming and dangerous activity that can leave them vulnerable to harassment and assault.
Your generosity and compassion can answer the long-awaited prayers of communities in southern Kenya by providing access to clean, accessible water for local families in four villages.
“More and more are suffering as a result of the lack of water sources suitable for consumption…. Access to this good is a fundamental human right, which must be respected, because the life of the people and their dignity are at stake.” – Pope Francis
Thanks to generous Catholics like you, over the past few years, Father Fabian Hevi successfully fulfilled his mission to bring lifesaving water to the Diocese of Lodwar, in northern Kenya. But Fr. Fabian is not done.
The need is great in southern Kenya too, where water is scarce. A few boreholes do exist, but the wells only have water intermittently, and villagers are charged steep prices to use them or they are banned from using them at all. Women and children frequently miss school and church to spend hours digging for dirty water in dry riverbeds. Water that is found is contaminated, and cholera outbreaks are all too common.
Boreholes, solar pumps and water storage systems will be installed in four villages. Geological surveys will be completed in order to find the most appropriate location, and water testing will be done to ensure the quality of water is safe for human consumption.
Once the water systems have been completed, workshops on borehole maintenance, sanitation, health and agriculture will be organized for each village.
Water does more than quench a physical thirst. Clean water and hygiene education protects communities against waterborne epidemics. Water also reduces school dropout rates, as students are able to regularly attend class instead of spending hours fetching water each day. Villagers can devote more time to their community and church activities.
And most importantly, clean water is an answer to prayers. A community water system is a tangible expression of God’s love for the poor, and fosters peace as Catholic villagers and those of other denominations come together to share from the same well.
1.) Plan a Vision Trip
Vision trips connect you in a tangible way to the children, communities, and mission partners that your gifts support. Once you visit our projects and see the impact of your gifts firsthand, we believe God can use you to be his hands and feet, to bring light to an often dark world.
This April, Cross Catholic Outreach is embarking on an exciting trip to visit Fr. Fabian’s Water for Life project in Kenya. If you are interested in seeing your gift in action, please contact us to learn more.
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Our mission is to mobilize the global Catholic Church to transform the poor and their communities materially and spiritually for the glory of Jesus Christ. Your gift empowers us to serve the poorest of the poor by channeling life-changing aid through an international network of dioceses, parishes and Catholic missionaries. This cost-effective approach helps to breaks the cycle of poverty and advance Catholic evangelization.
Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures for this project incurred through June 30, 2020, 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.