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Dignified Living

 

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Through our Dignified Living pillar we have responded to the call of the Catholic Church to perform Corporal Works of Mercy for our brothers and sisters in Christ all over the world through: feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, sheltering the homeless, and visiting the sick. Responding to Christ’s call in Matthew 25:34-40.

“Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’”

– Matthew 25:34-40

“To commit oneself to the development of the whole person and every human being is an obligation not only for the individual, but also for societies and nations, and especially for the Catholic community and the other Christian churches.”

- Saint John Paul II, Solicitude Rei Socialis

CATHOLIC WORLD MISSION in ACTION

India
A Clergy Home for the retiring and ailing is alleviating the suffering of priests whom have served the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman for years! It will accommodate over 20 senior citizen priests once completed. Check out photos of the progress!
DR Congo
Ide's trip to DR Congo led her on an adventure; one where she was able to alleviate suffering! Her missionary spirit blessed the Ndekesha orphans and brought them so much joy! None of this would be possible without the generosity of our CWM family.
Cameroon
Thanks to your generosity Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Nkar, Cameroon delivered its first baby in October 2016! This is alleviating suffering in the community as they previously walked 10 miles away over rough terrain to deliver their babies.
India
Thambipuram is igniting the Spirit in their community! Through their hard work & dedication they have raised the roof of their new chapel! They can’t wait until they can have an altar & other furnishings to give Jesus his home in their village.
Cameroon
Your generosity brought 10,000 people in Nkar, Cameroon clean water! Clean water prevents diseases, allows the minds of children to be illuminated in school, and families can spend more time making a living instead of searching for safe water. Thank you!
Russia
Missionaries from the United States offer spiritual support to expectant mothers in the Loving Moms & Kids program in Magadan. With your support, they hope to continue their work alleviating the suffering of needy moms in Magadan!
Cameroon
Construction at St. Mary's School in Nkar, Cameroon has begun! Your generosity has ignited the whole village! Locals have come out to volunteer; splitting their time between building the school and working their own land and crops. See photos here!
Philippines
With nowhere else to go the people of Maribojoc attend Mass even when the Church is flooded! It is our hope with your generosity their suffering will be alleviated and they will have a dry place to worship. Watch the latest video here.
Nigeria
Children’s Day in Nigeria is celebrated May 27 every year! We are so thankful we got to be a part of the celebrations and give exercise books to the students. Learn about our mission to alleviate suffering in Nigeria here.
Ghana
Students from Nana Brentu High School give thanks for the water well! They were walking over 10 miles a day for water! The students are excited to cut this walk out of their day, & thankful they can now get to school on time to receive a full education!
Nigeria
Missionary Felicia Amanambu visited Nigeria and was led by the Holy Spirit to repair schools, give desks and scholarships to students, and bring medical care to remote villages. Your generosity made this possible. See the photos of her mission trip here.
Philippines
Your generosity has helped secure a van for the Queen of Peace Orphanage! The Compassionate Franciscan Sisters of the Poor can now take the children to the doctors without worry! And the sisters can buy groceries regularly! See the photos here.
DR Congo
The Ndekesha Orphans are thrilled to watch the walls of their orphanage go up, and grab a bucket to help! Your generous support also allows us to continue feeding the orphans. See the photos of the progress from January to April on our DR Congo Page.
Cameroon
The construction of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Nkar Cameroon is coming along! With the construction almost complete the locals are looking forward to having medical professionals come this June to train them in medical practices. See the new photos!
Russia
Missionaries in Russia sought to alleviate the suffering of the poor through corporal works of mercy this Lent. They visited six families & blessed them with food and clothing for the children, heaters for their homes and the joy of the Holy Spirit.
India
Poverty-stricken families in Thambipuram have purchased bricks and sand in anticipation of their church’s construction! They give despite their poverty! Will you help them complete their church today and continue igniting the Spirit in their hearts?
Ghana
By illuminating the minds of children in the Gabipko Island School they can take charge of their education! See photos of their new classroom here.
Fiji
Regnum Christi missionaries are bringing Theology of the Body to a remote part of the world, Fiji. There they are teaching young people and families the importance of the dignity of life, and the respect of all human persons.
India
Thanks to your generosity the Christmas Miracle filled the hearts and stomachs of children in India with joy this Christmas! See photos of the children’s celebration here.
Ghana
With great pleasure we can announce the completion of the cafeteria for children in Enchi, Ghana! The canteen is a relief to keep the children in a safe environment while they eat. See photos of the celebration.
Congo
A beautiful tapestry came all the way from the Ndekesha Orphanage in the Congo! Many thanks to the donors who made their mission possible. You can still support their mission.
India
Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrão of Goa, India celebrated Mass at All Saints Church Georgia for the Indian community of the sub-continent, the people of the parish, & in thanksgiving to the many supporters and benefactors of CWM.
Russia
Catholic World Mission has partnered with the Father Shields of The Nativity of Jesus parish to bring expecting mothers and fathers in Magadan, Russia the resources they need to raise their children in happy, and healthy environments.
Costa Rica
Thanks to your support Catholic World Mission has been able to expand into Costa Rica! We are helping make the Catholic faith accessible in remote areas, and even supporting the construction of a gymnasium! Learn more about this new opportunity here.
Congo
Thanks to your generosity we have been able to fund a year of meals for the Ndekesha Orphanage. See the children’s joy now.
Philippines
Meet Trixie and her little brother, Francis, before she came to the Queen of Peace Children’s Home she lived a very hard life. Learn more about her gratitude for the sisters here.
Philippines
Meet Jerome, he is an orphan from the Queen of Peace Children's Home. He is one of 40 children the sister's care for. Jerome needs a family, and with your support his dream can come true. Learn his story here.
Ghana
This past week Monsignor Simon met Archbishop Emery in Rome! The two are paving the way for dignified life in Ghana and the Congo, respectively.
Ghana
One of four water wells in Ghana has been completed! Nana Brentu Senior High School is overjoyed to have a water well in their community. There is still time to help, learn how here!
Congo
What sweet news! We have been praying for twins dropped of at the Ndekesha Orphanage. The two had lung infections and their parents just couldn't take care of them. Thanks to your help they are getting all the care they need from the sisters! Learn more!
Ghana
The chalice and paten were delivered to Ghana in late April! Fr. Jeremiah graciously received them and then offered up Mass in memory of SK Larry Carl Obenstine. Check out the update here.
India
Inspired by traveling missionaries, two villages raised enough money to build community centers of their own for everyone to celebrate Mass, while also providing a place to gather. See centers 6 and 7 here!
Dignified Living
We are humbled to announce our new pillar “Dignified Living.” As Catholics, it is our mission to celebrate the dignity of life. We invite you to explore our newest pillar and all that it encompasses. Explore Now.
Kenya
Meeting the physical needs of the hungry is the first step on their path towards openness to God. The Missionary brothers of the Poor in Kenya are helping eliminate poverty. See updates here.
Liberia
Helping Ebola Relief in Liberia
United States
Children helping Children: Students at an Illinois Catholic school host a rummage sale to benefit impoverished children around the world.
Ghana
Villagers in Ghana are one step closer to having regular access to medical care! The well has been dug to facilitate plumbing for a permanent medical clinic.
Ghana
Dr. Frank Agbemordzi of the Enchi District Hospital in Ghana talks to us about his urgent need for medical supplies. See the video.
Ghana
Patients in the overflow quarters at the Enchi District Hospital in Ghana finally get a bed, thanks to recent medical shipments.
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Projects in Dignified Living

Cameroon

Cameroon

Cost aRica

Costa Rica

DR Congo

DR Congo

Ghana

Ghana

Guatemala

Guatemala

Haiti

Haiti 

Honduras

Honduras

India

India

Kenya

Kenya

Liberia

Liberia 

Nigeria

Nigeria 

Philippines

Philippines

Poland

Poland

Russia

Russia

Projects in Dignified Living

Dudhani ChildrenFood for the Hungry

Many of our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world suffer from severe malnutrition. Many only get to eat one very simple meal each day – if even that. We begin to answer this call of the Lord by providing assistance wherever it is needed. In Kenya, we helped with feeding families who were dying from lack of food because of a drought. In Congo, we are providing monthly support for food and medicines to orphaned children. In our own backyard we helped rebuild a food pantry so a poor parish in Yonkers, NY can continue to assist poor families. These are just some of the programs to help feed starving people around the world. From Operation Kilo in Poland, to Christmas meals to thousands of children in poor villages in India, Catholic World Mission is making a difference one person at a time.

Filling bellies is the first step to rehabilitation and breaking the cycle of poverty. Malnourished children do not learn, hungry parents cannot work, hunger eats away at a person's ability to fulfill their God-given potential. With your help we can conquer poverty at its roots. It all starts with honoring each person the dignity they deserve as children of God. Each person deserves a dignified way of living and must have the basic necessities of food, water, clothing, and medical support.

Food for children in Dudhani - India  Food for children in Enchi - Ghana Food for hungry orphans in the Democratic Republic of Congo  Young people collecting food for Operation Kilo - Poland Feeding orphan child - Philippines Feed disabled children in Kenya

Ghana Child in front of clinicSafe Structures

We take a front seat in meeting the physical, material, and spiritual needs of people around the world. Building safe structures is part of our mission to provide sustainable environments for people to grow in. We have built medical clinics, water wells, dining halls, orphanages, community centers, and rebuilt schools. Safe structures are vital to the longevity of a community. Not only do they protect people from the elements but when you have a place to grow together safely it enriches the whole world.

We have built safe structures around the world in India, the United States, Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Philippines and other parts of the world to keep people safe from rain, dust, traffic, and even provide medical care. In Ghana and Kenya, water wells provide safe and clean drinking water essential for good health. In India and Ghana, school children no longer need to eat outside (rain or shine). They have covered dining halls where they can eat regardless of weather. Simple things such as bathrooms for school children are now a reality in places like Mexico and India. A medical clinic in Yiwabra allows people to be cared for instead of traveling for miles to get to the nearest hospital. Community centers serves a variety of purpose for entire community to gather and work collectively towards improving their situation.You can make a difference in the world by exploring the many countries (below) in Dignified Living and being part of the opportunity to make a difference in however way you can.

Cafeteria build in Ghana The dining hall in Dudhani is used for more than just eating - India Community Center in Chauda - India Congo Orphanage Collecting water from a river before the water well was built - Ghana

Nigeria ClinicMedical Support

In today’s world, it is hard to fathom that there are still countries in which tens of thousands of children die each year due to easily treatable and preventable diseases. In many third-world areas, people have virtually no access to medical care. For some, it would take hours- even days- to walk unpaved  roads to find the nearest medical clinic. At Catholic World Mission, we see it as our God-given duty to alleviate the suffering due to illness that could have been so easily prevented.

Short-term medical clinics are imperative to the health of people in these areas. Catholic World Mission partners with donors and Helping Hands Medical Missions to support short-term missions around the world. Additionally, it has been our privilege to ship cargo containers of medicines and supplies to impoverished areas in Ghana, Nigeria, Guatemala, Honduras, and the Philippines to help supply short-terms missions and  stock hospitals in the area. Antibiotics, surgical and testing equipment, hospital beds and more are in such desperate need. In partnership with the local people and another non-profit we built a clinic in Yiwabra, Ghana to assist with short and long-term medical needs of the people.

The math is simple: we have so much here, and they have so little. Sharing the wealth requires a concerted, coordinated effort to secure the gift-in-kind, and fund the overseas shipments. Our shipments have helped thousands of people receive medical care, and possibly avert life-threatening disease.

Woman receiving medical treatment in Ghana Medical Mission in Chiapas - Mexico

Helping Hands Medical Mission Doctors and medical professionals volunteering their time

Medical Mission volunteers collaborated with full-time lay missionaries, or Evangelizadores de Tiempo Completo (ETCs), on a trip this past July to offer aid to some of the poorest and most remote areas of Chiapas, Mexico. The effort was authorized by the Archbishop of Tuxtla Gutierrez and coordinated through the local parishes.

About 900 residents of Copainala, Coapilla and Ocotopec were treated by volunteer doctors, nurses and even an orthodontist. ETC and volunteer missionaries offered spiritual guidance and support for these people, many of whom are suffering due to poverty and lack of health care.

The residents were given checkups and physicals, as well as medicine and vitamins to help alleviate their most immediate and treatable ailments. Basic dental equipment was given to patients to take home. Some basic procedures were also performed.

Some of the sick who were too ill to travel received home visits

Many of the volunteers were inspired by the residents’ tremendous attitudes and resolve despite being plagued with various incurable diseases and handicaps. Along with the medical personnel, Fr. Dominic Pham, LC was also on site to offer spiritual guidance and prayer.

Much was done during just a week’s time, but it still is only a drop in the bucket. More importantly, however, is the light shed on the harsh realities that plague these areas. The knowledge of these conditions and the great need will hopefully generate more awareness and support for these people going forward. A commitment has already been made for another mission next year.

Medical Mission Medical Supplies Medical Mission

Dudhani ChildrenFood for the Hungry

Many of our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world suffer from severe malnutrition. Many only get to eat one very simple meal each day – if even that. We begin to answer this call of the Lord by providing assistance wherever it is needed. In Kenya, we helped with feeding families who were dying from lack of food because of a drought. In Congo, we are providing monthly support for food and medicines to orphaned children. In our own backyard we helped rebuild a food pantry so a poor parish in Yonkers, NY can continue to assist poor families. These are just some of the programs to help feed starving people around the world. From Operation Kilo in Poland, to Christmas meals to thousands of children in poor villages in India, Catholic World Mission is making a difference one person at a time.

Filling bellies is the first step to rehabilitation and breaking the cycle of poverty. Malnourished children do not learn, hungry parents cannot work, hunger eats away at a person's ability to fulfill their God-given potential. With your help we can conquer poverty at its roots. It all starts with honoring each person the dignity they deserve as children of God. Each person deserves a dignified way of living and must have the basic necessities of food, water, clothing, and medical support.

Food for children in Dudhani - India  Food for children in Enchi - Ghana Food for hungry orphans in the Democratic Republic of Congo  Young people collecting food for Operation Kilo - Poland Feeding orphan child - Philippines Feed disabled children in Kenya

Ghana Child in front of clinicSafe Structures

We take a front seat in meeting the physical, material, and spiritual needs of people around the world. Building safe structures is part of our mission to provide sustainable environments for people to grow in. We have built medical clinics, water wells, dining halls, orphanages, community centers, and rebuilt schools. Safe structures are vital to the longevity of a community. Not only do they protect people from the elements but when you have a place to grow together safely it enriches the whole world.

We have built safe structures around the world in India, the United States, Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Philippines and other parts of the world to keep people safe from rain, dust, traffic, and even provide medical care. In Ghana and Kenya, water wells provide safe and clean drinking water essential for good health. In India and Ghana, school children no longer need to eat outside (rain or shine). They have covered dining halls where they can eat regardless of weather. Simple things such as bathrooms for school children are now a reality in places like Mexico and India. A medical clinic in Yiwabra allows people to be cared for instead of traveling for miles to get to the nearest hospital. Community centers serves a variety of purpose for entire community to gather and work collectively towards improving their situation.You can make a difference in the world by exploring the many countries (below) in Dignified Living and being part of the opportunity to make a difference in however way you can.

Cafeteria build in Ghana The dining hall in Dudhani is used for more than just eating - India Community Center in Chauda - India Congo Orphanage Collecting water from a river before the water well was built - Ghana

Nigeria ClinicMedical Support

In today’s world, it is hard to fathom that there are still countries in which tens of thousands of children die each year due to easily treatable and preventable diseases. In many third-world areas, people have virtually no access to medical care. For some, it would take hours- even days- to walk unpaved  roads to find the nearest medical clinic. At Catholic World Mission, we see it as our God-given duty to alleviate the suffering due to illness that could have been so easily prevented.

Short-term medical clinics are imperative to the health of people in these areas. Catholic World Mission partners with donors and Helping Hands Medical Missions to support short-term missions around the world. Additionally, it has been our privilege to ship cargo containers of medicines and supplies to impoverished areas in Ghana, Nigeria, Guatemala, Honduras, and the Philippines to help supply short-terms missions and  stock hospitals in the area. Antibiotics, surgical and testing equipment, hospital beds and more are in such desperate need. In partnership with the local people and another non-profit we built a clinic in Yiwabra, Ghana to assist with short and long-term medical needs of the people.

The math is simple: we have so much here, and they have so little. Sharing the wealth requires a concerted, coordinated effort to secure the gift-in-kind, and fund the overseas shipments. Our shipments have helped thousands of people receive medical care, and possibly avert life-threatening disease.

Woman receiving medical treatment in Ghana Medical Mission in Chiapas - Mexico

Helping Hands Medical Mission Doctors and medical professionals volunteering their time

Medical Mission volunteers collaborated with full-time lay missionaries, or Evangelizadores de Tiempo Completo (ETCs), on a trip this past July to offer aid to some of the poorest and most remote areas of Chiapas, Mexico. The effort was authorized by the Archbishop of Tuxtla Gutierrez and coordinated through the local parishes.

About 900 residents of Copainala, Coapilla and Ocotopec were treated by volunteer doctors, nurses and even an orthodontist. ETC and volunteer missionaries offered spiritual guidance and support for these people, many of whom are suffering due to poverty and lack of health care.

The residents were given checkups and physicals, as well as medicine and vitamins to help alleviate their most immediate and treatable ailments. Basic dental equipment was given to patients to take home. Some basic procedures were also performed.

Some of the sick who were too ill to travel received home visits

Many of the volunteers were inspired by the residents’ tremendous attitudes and resolve despite being plagued with various incurable diseases and handicaps. Along with the medical personnel, Fr. Dominic Pham, LC was also on site to offer spiritual guidance and prayer.

Much was done during just a week’s time, but it still is only a drop in the bucket. More importantly, however, is the light shed on the harsh realities that plague these areas. The knowledge of these conditions and the great need will hopefully generate more awareness and support for these people going forward. A commitment has already been made for another mission next year.

Medical Mission Medical Supplies Medical Mission

Catholic World Mission medical shipping programs adhere to the teachings of the Catholic Church, respecting the dignity and value of all life for life and honoring the moral teachings of the Church.