Boca Raton, Florida.- Cross Catholic Outreach, a Catholic relief and development organization based in South Florida, wants to build a system to bring clean water into an impoverished Dominican Republic community. To achieve this ambitious goal, it has launched a nationwide, grass roots campaign seeking Catholic sponsors in the U.S.
In rural areas of the Dominican Republic, water can be incredibly difficult to find. In the community of Los Alejos, for example, women and children walk for hours to find the nearest supply, and even then, the water is often dirty and contaminated. When people drink or bathe in this dirty water, they face a high risk of sickness from bacteria and parasites.
With the support American Catholic donors, Cross Catholic Outreach has committed to building an aqueduct system to pump water into Los Alejos to provide clean water to the families living there. The project requires installing water pipes over rocky terrain to channel the water to the community. This is a challenging proposition, but it is the best option to bring clean, life-giving water to this community. Upon its completion, the new system will bring water to over 450 people in 115 families.
The fund raising goal for this project is US$7,500.
Because Cross Catholic Outreach is committed to holistic ministry, the project will encompass both material and spiritual objectives achieved in cooperation with local Catholic leaders. Ultimately, Cross Catholic Outreach’s goal is lift people out of poverty, train community leaders, and teaching families how to manage and repair the system, enabling the community to become more self-sufficient.
For further information and to donate, readers can visit: http://www.crosscatholic.org/water.