Out of the 150 million people who live in extreme poverty, most are small subsistence farmers or home-based business vendors, whose livelihoods are vulnerable to economic uncertainties, weather, socio-political upheavals or natural disasters. Millions of poor entrepreneurs in developing countries also face socio-political uncertainties that can upend their lives and destroy their villages.
At Cross International, we work with ministry partners across the Caribbean, in Latin America and Africa to try and help these people — to raise their standard of living while also increasing their sense of dignity and self-respect. Many are single mothers who have struggled to be both the primary caretaker and the breadwinner for their children, and their eyes light up as they tell you how they are putting food on the table while also affording medicine, clothing and school fees.
When you give a farmer in Latin America seeds to plant and animals to raise or give a widow in Africa a microloan for a home-based business, you are also giving these people the capital they need to reach their potential. With your support, we can help hundreds thousands of hardworking men and women overcome their difficult circumstances and take charge of their future now and for many years to come.
Cross International has partnered successfully with Amigos for Christ since 2007, and one of the reasons the ministry is so successful with their projects is because it doesn’t just drill a well or build a school and walk away. When it invests in a community, it invests seven full years in their development — an initiative they call Plan 7. Overall, the plan facilitates leadership, water and sanitation, health, education, income generation and spiritual development. A staff of 21 regional coordinators (who Amigos call “promotors”) visit, identify, interact and follow up with all activities. Each step of the way, they bring social and spiritual encouragement that bring about lasting transformation. Without the promoters, Amigos for Christ wouldn’t have the trust of the communities.
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Any gift you give before the end of the year will be MATCHED dollar for dollar, up to $75,000, to transform lives not only now, but into the future!
The UN estimates that between 93 and 150 million children worldwide
live with a disability. In developing countries, these children are often unable to attend school, play outside or access specialized resources. Negative stigma or superstition among their parents, neighbors and community leaders often reinforce these barriers.
This year, we’re providing $60,000 worth of medical equipment to Kupenda for the Children in Kenya. This is a very remote location, and your gift will help cover the shipping costs to this very worthy medical outreach.
This gift will benefit: Kenya
In developed countries, basic medical supplies such as gauze, wraps, bandages, and syringes are commonplace.
Unfortunately, that is often not the case in the developing world. Christian doctors and volunteers in developing countries frequently run low on these supplies, and they also lack the funds to keep large inventories on hand.
This year, we’re providing $84 million worth of medicines and medical supplies. Your gift will help cover the shipping costs to medical outreaches in some of the most remote areas of the globe
This gift will benefit: Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Kenya
A gift of a safe, secure home is tangible affirmation of God’s love for a desperate family — it brings hope, health, stability and opportunity. Most poor families must settle for much less. Mired in poverty, they are forced to live in unsafe shacks fashioned from mud and thatch.
You can provide the life-changing gift of a safe, storm-resistant new home with Cross partners Ambuya Development Center in Malawi and Hope of Life in Guatemala. A new home will ease the family’s burdens, protect them from the wind and rain, and help them achieve their dreams.
This gift will benefit: Guatemala, Malawi
The gift of an education is an investment that reaps long-term dividends for a child’s future. By opening doors for the children of the poor to enroll in Christian schools and get the same educational opportunities as their more economically well-off peers, you are giving not just a hand-out but a “hand-up.”
Your gift will fund Christian education to nurture vulnerable children mentally and spiritually — for thriving futures that will transform hopeless places.
This gift will benefit: Haiti, Ecuador, Uganda
Through emergency child rescue services, vocational training, anti-trafficking programs and Bible literacy classes, Cross International is helping vulnerable women and children reclaim their lives. Inspired by Jesus’ love, we work shoulder to shoulder with our in-country partners, empowering them to create change that lasts so that those who need help will eventually be able to stand confidently on their own. Be a part of this good news and make a life-saving gift part of your holidays.
Your gift will help protect victims of gender-based violence and also help save marginalized women and children from harm.
This gift will benefit: Haiti, Guatemala, Nicaragua
Our ministry partner, the Kachere Development Center, has an ambitious plan to install 20 wells, providing 5,160 adults and 8,414 children with clean water. Our goal is to finance the drilling and installation of one well – part of an entire community water system, which includes training to maintain the well, and sanitation and hygiene training for improved health.
One borehole can provide 2,800 gallons of safe, life-sustaining water every day. Help us bring clean, safe water to one of these villages today — in a way that will last for generations.
This gift will benefit: Zambia
One of nine people worldwide survive on less than $1.90 a day. Without training and supplies to grow moneymaking crops and breed profitable livestock, poor farmers stay locked in the cycle of poverty.
By supporting this fund, you’ll help families break free of poverty — transforming lives for generations. When families get the training and tools they need, it means bountiful harvests and small animals that produce income for a sustainable business model.
This gift will benefit: Guatemala, Nicaragua
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 811 million in the world suffer from under-nourishment. By providing the gift of food, you will save the lives of thousands of hungry children and their families in developing countries.
Your gift will provide meals for ministry partners such as Divine Shelter Schools in Haiti and Hope of Life in Guatemala. A generous donation during this season of giving will change lives forever.
This gift will benefit: Haiti, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Malawi
Inspired by the love of Jesus, we work shoulder to shoulder with local leaders overseas, equipping families with the resources they need to thrive – basics like food, clean water and healthcare, as well as longer-term community transformation projects that will ensure lasting change.
By giving to our Thriving Kids Initiative, you’re not only meeting children’s Most Urgent Needs, you’re also helping lift their families – even entire communities – out of poverty.
This gift will benefit: Africa, The Caribbean, Central America, South America
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 811 million in the world suffer from under-nourishment. By providing the gift of food, you will save the lives of thousands of hungry children and their families in developing countries like Haiti, Malawi, Guatemala and Nicaragua.
Your gift will support the provision of meals and other basic services that are essential for survival. A generous donation during this season of giving will change lives forever.
This gift will benefit: Haiti, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Malawi