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Date: 
January 15, 2018

Generosity Makes You Better: 4 Ways to See Results

New Year’s Resolution season is officially upon us. Whether you’ve decided that 2018 is the year you’ll finally run a marathon, or you’ve committed to ten minutes of daily prayer, or if this is the year you’re going to ask your cute neighbor on that casual coffee date, we want to remind you of two intrinsic truths:

  1. You are loved and
  2. You can make the world a better place.

So while the rest of the world buys gym memberships they’ll cancel in a month, we’re hoping your resolution might instead be to arm yourself with these two truths and live them like they really matter (because they do!).

In short, we hope your resolution for 2018 will be nothing less than to improve the world.

The Case for Altruism

Altruism is defined as “the belief in or practice of disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others.” Put simply, altruism is when we help someone without expecting anything in return.

Two girls care for each other at the Compassionate Franciscan Sisters of the Poor mission in HaitiMultiple studies find that despite the personal cost—the sacrifice of time, resources, or money—people who do good may reap more benefits than those who receive the generosity. Not only do altruistic people experience higher rates of gratitude, contentment, happiness, and satisfaction, but some studies suggest they may actually live longer than those who don’t do altruistic activities. Some researchers even believe that doctors need to start recommending generosity and volunteerism along with diet and exercise to increase length of life!

These positive effects were seen even when people decided they would be just a little bit generous! They didn't have to do grand acts of service or give away their entire paycheck to feel the benefits of living generously.

 

"At Catholic World Mission, we firmly believe that we don't have time not to do something for those in need. As the studies show, when you do good for others--whether you give a little or a lot--odds are you'll reap even more benefits yourself."

Now, the odds are high that since you’re visiting our site, you’re already pretty committed to improving the world. Maybe you've been a faithful donor for years, or maybe you’re looking for the perfect nonprofit to give to. Whatever the case, we first want to thank you for being here, and for your care and concern for the world’s poor.

Second, if you are looking for a great organization to support, we’d like to humbly throw our hat in the ring.Give to CWM projects now

No matter how familiar you are with us and our mission, we wanted to share a little more about who we are with you.

We are Catholic World Mission

CWM teamFounded in 1998 by priests from the Legionaries of Christ, Catholic World Mission originally existed to support Mano Amiga schools in Mexico. In the last 20 years, our support of Mano Amiga has grown to include 38 schools in nine countries throughout Latin America and the Philippines. We've also grown to support a huge variety of projects throughout the world, including building schools, water wells, churches, and many more!

Deacon Rick Medina, our Executive Director, has lead the charge at Catholic World Mission since 2011. The rest of our staff includes Stephanie Lange (Operations Manager), Amber DeMartino (Donation Culitivator), Carrie Miller (Marketing and Communications Specialist), Beth Keller (Bookkeeper), and Angie Nassar (Gift Processor). We are small but mighty! We are amazed at how much God blesses the work of our small but dedicated team. We know that it is 100% thanks to your generosity.

The expansive reach of your generosity is hard to believe:

Infographic: Take a look at everything you've accomplished through your support of Catholic World Mission!

Help us do even more good. Give today!

 

 

Click the green button to make a difference in your life and make the world a better place, too!

 

 

Four Pillars of Outreach to Change the World

Catholic World Mission focuses on four pillars, or “types” of projects: Dignified Living, Evangelization, Education, and Disaster Relief. Read more about each below:

Dignified Living

Between 2014 and 2016, one in nine (795 million) people suffered from chronic malnourishment. Perhaps even more suffer because they don’t have access to clean water or life-saving medical care to cure or prevent simple diseases.

Dignified Living is the most integral and diverse of CWM’s four pillars. These projects focus on meeting people’s most basic needs for food, water, shelter, clothing, and medicine. With this type of aid, we empower communities to address their most basic needs.

Some countries with Dignified Living projects include: India, Cameroon, Haiti, Poland, Honduras
                              *For a complete list of projects, click here.

These children in Cameroon no longer have to worry about getting sick because of dirty water, than!ks to the wells you helped build Your gift of goats and life skills training has empowered 1,300 women and families in Kerala, India, giving hope to generations to come! You rushed to the aid of these orphans and nuns in DR Congo when civil war forced them to flee their home.

Evangelization

In his encyclical Redemptoris Missio (Mission of the Redeemer), Pope St. John Paul II said, “No believer in Christ, no institution of the Church can avoid this supreme duty: to proclaim Christ to all peoples” (¶ 3). In response to this call, Catholic World Mission is dedicated to share the love of Christ with everyone who receives aid from us. From supporting the education of seminarians to building churches, and forming lay missionaries, we are deeply committed to ensuring that all peoples we help have the opportunity to come face to face with the living Jesus.

Some countries with Evangelization projects include: Mexico, Cuba, India, Fiji, Kenya, Russia
                              *For a complete list of projects, click here.

You've made it possible for seminarians to continue their studies so one day, they can be priests!  These priests in Ghana were overjoyed to receive monstrances. Their parishes have the gift of Eucharistic Adoration for the first time.  Thanks to you, the School of Faith has spread to four dioceses in Cuba! 

Education

171 million people would be able to escape poverty if every child were taught basic reading skills! In addition to 38 Mano Amiga schools, CWM also supports 12 non-Mano Amiga schools in places like Cameroon, Nigeria, India, Sri Lanka, Ghana, and Costa Rica. Access to basic education is a key stepping stone out of poverty for children, but the schools we support also employ countless adults from their local communities, allowing parents to feed their children and local economies to grow.

Some countries with Education projects include: Colombia, Brazil, Kenya, Philippines, Argentina
                              *For a complete list of projects, click here.

Missionaries of the Poor in Kenya help educate more than 200 poor children.  Mano Amiga schools are changing the world for 22,000 children in Latin America and the Philippines! Sisters of the Holy Angels in Sri Lanka need your help today to answer the mandate of their bishop to open a Catholic school for poor children in Kerunegala!

Disaster Relief

90 percent of deaths as a result of natural disasters occur in low- and middle-income countries. When natural disaster strikes one of our partner countries, CWM steps into action. Although we don’t have the resources to respond to every natural disaster, we respond as often as possible. Your generosity has allowed us to send aid to Bosnia, Haiti, Japan, and several other countries in response to floods, earthquakes, and other natural disasters. You’ve funded material aid, spiritual support, and even counseling for survivors in the wake of many disasters.

Some countries with Disaster Relief projects include: Ecuador, Kenya, Philippines
                              *For a complete list of projects, click here.

When Bosnia flooded, you made it possible for aid and relief to be sent. Time is of the essence in the face of natural disasters. Your support allows us to respond to material and psychological needs in the face of natural disasters in some of the poorest countries in the world. You helped rebuild Santa Cruz parish in the Philippines--bringing hope and vital aid to hundreds of people in the Philippines.

 

Uniquely Committed to Accountability and Transparency

Two things set us apart from other big relief organizations: our accountability and our transparency.Deacon Rick Medina with Bottomley House orphans in Dhaka, Bangladesh

We are only accountable to God and to caring friends like you who make our work possible. We don’t have to comply with restrictions and regulations that prevent us from spreading the Gospel. We will never be ashamed of our faith or unwilling to proclaim the light and hope of our Lord. Together, we are standing strong for the full Gospel – in both word and deed. With it comes the long-term love and support of a local church community who cares for the whole person.

When someone receives a gift from Catholic World Mission, they also hear the Good News of Jesus Christ and experience His love daily!

We are also fully committed to transparency. We believe you should know where your money goes, so we post frequent updates to our website and send out monthly email updates. We always do our best to make sure your donations are used where the need is greatest. We always work to ensure that your money goes as far as possible. We are committed to responsible stewardship of every dime given to us. Your trust is valuable; we do everything we can to earn it, maintain it, and keep it. Give now

Some Final Truths 

Joy is contagious in the poorest parts of the world. Statistically, while the rich give away more dollars, the poor give away a greater percentage of their income--maybe their altruism is what makes them so joyful!So yes, when all is said and done, we are asking you for money. And yes, we hope you fall in love with the work we do and the people we serve, and that you'll want to be a part of this incredible mission. And it's true that we hope to benefit from your resolution to improve the world, because at the end of the day, you are the reason we can do this work. 

We really do need you to give today. It all comes back to the two truths with which we started this campaign: we want you to believe in the love God has for you personally, and we want you to go out and make the world a better place, whether you mentor at-risk teens, or volunteer at your local soup kitchen, or give to Catholic World Mission. 

We would be deeply grateful for your support, and the truth is that without your help, we would not exist, and the thousands of people who rely on you would have to face their dire circumstances without help or hope

At Catholic World Mission, we firmly believe that we don't have time not to do something for those in need. As the studies show, when you do good for others--whether you give a little or a lot--odds are you'll reap even more benefits yourself. 

Please, for the world's sake and your own, give today.

Give to support Catholic World Mission projects today!

A gift of...
$25 buys rice and legumes for hungry kids
$50 gives medicine to cure preventable diseases
$150 helps cover scholarships for 23,000 students
$200 helps build wells, churches, and schools

Check out the following news articles about some of the countries we’re involved in:
At least 15 U.N. peacekeepers killed in attack in Congo
South Asia floods kill 1,200 and shut 1.8 million children out of school
Raiders, Jack Del Rio Foundation, NFL Team Up Again For Community Work In Mexico City
Honduras army moves in to quell post-election protests
MSF surveys estimate that at least 6,700 Rohingya were killed during the attacks in Myanmar (Doctors Without Borders)

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