Mexican Cinderella

11. December 2013 women 0
When Floriana first arrived to Casa Maria, a home for girls run by the Salesian Sisters in Mexico, she trusted no one. Why should she? Her parents abandoned her as a little girl. When her aunt took her in, her cousins degraded her and her uncle abused her. Ten years later that family abandoned her ...

Clean Water, New Life

For 53-year-old Ana Curazo and her 8 children in Rancho Pando, Nicaragua, contaminated water is now a thing of the past! “We have suffered a lot because of the lack of water,” Ana said. “Now, that is just part of our history.”  Thanks to the Amigos for Christ water and sanitation project funded by Cross ...

Message from Ethiopia

26. March 2013 charity, women 0
Sister Brikti Tesfay of the Daughters of Charity sends us thanks from Ethiopia, where Cross Catholic Outreach is funding a project to help vulnerable women attain financial stability. Sr. Brikti writes: Working with the poor is morally empowering. Every day I listen to their stories. When I let them narrate their stories, I see on ...

“Too many of our women are dying in childbirth!”

17. August 2012 Haiti, women 0
I just got back from central Haiti, an area with the country’s highest rates of malnutrition, poverty, fertility, and child & infant mortality. When our ministry partner there, Project Medishare, polled community members to gauge the greatest health problems, it was the men who said, “Too many of our women are dying in childbirth!” Why ...

Charity with Dignity

23. May 2012 Africa, women 0
You may hear us talk about maintaining the dignity of the poor. Part of having dignity is knowing that you are a valuable, capable human being; and seeing the fruits of your own labor helps build such knowledge. That’s why microenterprise projects are so beneficial. Instead of a providing handout, they provide a ‘hand up.’ ...

Good news from Guyana

28. February 2012 women 0
I just received good news from Guyana about a girl we’ve been helping there named Faye. She’d grown up in a really remote area of the country, several days journey from the city of Georgetown where I met her. Her poor single mom had died just two years earlier. At age 20 she was all ...

Part II: A Day at San Lucas Rural Health Project

01. September 2011 medical, women 0
On Tuesday, I promised you a story of someone whose life was saved by the efforts of San Lucas Rural Health Project, a Cross Catholic-supported health outreach to rural mountain communities in Bolivia. Meet Sabina Ovideo, a 47-year-old woman whose life was threatened by a heart condition, but thanks to the efforts of the rural ...

Caribbean Dream

“I dreamt Jesus was walking with me and told me, ‘It’ll be okay,” said smiling 66-year-old Aura, mother of six children and caretaker of 19. “So I know my God will always supply my needs.” Out of Christ-like compassion for the needy, especially homeless mothers and their children, Aura keeps taking them into her own ...

A Mission Trip Full of Surprises

04. August 2011 housing, women 0
Several months ago our missions VP, David Adams, visited projects Cross Catholic supports in Belize. Fr. Perl, a priest who runs some of the projects there, took him to visit Maria Natividad Tracey, a very poor, elderly widow and her mentally handicapped adult son. Well, David was more than disturbed by the condition of this ...

Praise Report from Mozambique

Yesterday morning, Cross Catholic staff listened as International Projects Officer Tara McKinney shared photos and stories from the recent vision trip she led to Mozambique. One of her co-travelers, Cross Catholic staff member Maria Aleman, joined her in person while the other, Monsignor Lambert Luna from St. Joseph on the Rio Grande Catholic Church, joined ...