Help Catholic Missionary Work Abroad

At Catholic World Mission, we partner with several Catholic church-centered organizations that help disadvantaged people across the globe. When we partner with a community that needs help, we continue to form relationships in the area for as long as we can to make sure they have everything they need for ongoing self-sufficiency.

We make it a requirement in providing aid to the community that we are allowed to also share our faith. That way, we can invest each dollar you donate to our Catholic charity work in both the physical needs and spiritual futures of people who might otherwise never hear the good news of Jesus.

Where We Work

The work we support spans continents, languages and people groups to reach as many communities as we can with the love of our Lord. These include the following five regions.

1. Africa

The needs of African communities are as diverse as the people within them. For some, the lack of quality education prevents children from reaching their full God-given potential. In others, extreme poverty plagues many hard-working people who struggle to afford food, water and medical care. In fact, some of the African countries we serve have a population in which more than half live below the poverty line.

Our goal is to help Catholics end world hunger in poor African nations through ongoing physical support and spiritual mentorship. We work with teams throughout the following countries to guide people from poverty to self-sufficiency and give them a life-changing encounter with Jesus:

As we continue to rebuild schools, fund orphanages, build churches, provide food services and offer medical care, we ask for you to prayerfully consider donating to our Catholic charity work in Africa.

2. Asia and Oceania

Many of the countries we help in Asia and nearby Oceania suffer from spiritual unfulfillment. Only 0.9% of people in Bangladesh identify as Christians, for example, and young people in Fiji are quickly falling away from the faith. Our ministries seek to bring hope to those who have not yet responded to the Gospel with a variety of evangelization projects.

After years of civil wars, widespread poverty and devastating earthquakes, the people in these countries are also in need of many basic material necessities. From food to eat to structurally sound homes to live in, we have the opportunity to provide physical restoration as we spread a message of hope in countries like:

When you donate to our projects in these nations, you’re helping us provide ongoing education, feed the hungry and — above all — share the message of Christ.

3. Europe

Many people throughout Europe are already blessed with material goods like food, clothes, water and structurally sound homes. In fact, in the European countries we work in, fewer than 20% of the populations live below the poverty line. So, we focus many of our efforts in Europe on spiritual growth and emotional healing. The countries we serve include:

While many people in these nations are Catholic, young people are leaving the church at a rapid rate. Our goal in Hungary and Poland is to spread the message of Christ to people throughout Eastern Europe and inspire them to return to the Catholic Church. We hope to stir the hearts of young people to spread the word of God as we encourage them to meet the physical needs of those in poverty throughout their communities.

In Russia, we’re proud to meet the material and spiritual needs of expectant mothers through a unique pro-life ministry. Your donations to our Russian program will be used to provide hope to women across the country with physical resources for the birth of their child and emotional healing from the trauma of past abortion.

4. North America

The living conditions in several parts of North America can be described as tragic. From imposing rulers and endless cycles of violence to devastating earthquakes and hurricanes, the need for a message of hope is rampant throughout the continent. Unfortunately, many people have never heard the Gospel or have begun to turn away from the Catholic Church.

In the atheist state of Cuba, for example, no dedicated Catholic Church was built for 56 years since the beginning of the Cuban Revolution. Even in the U.S. — where 75% of people already consider themselves Christians — more than 70% of Catholic teenagers leave the church and never return. It’s clear that spiritual ministry is needed to bring people hope in such often-hopeless circumstances. That’s why we support services throughout North American countries like:

Along with spiritual fulfillment, many people in North America lack the basic physical materials they need for life — such as food, clothes and education. We strive to fight poverty by teaming with Catholic charities and individuals to feed the hungry, build schools and provide other types of ongoing support.

5. Central and South America

The needs in countries across Central and South America are plentiful. In many of the areas we serve, more than a quarter of the population lives below the poverty line and lacks resources like adequate health care and education. Our focus in this region is to eliminate the extreme poverty found in many of these countries and guide communities toward ongoing self-sufficiency. This focus extends to nations like:

One of the main ways we use the gifts God has given us to reach the people in South America is through education. We partner with Mano Amiga schools and other educational institutions in the following countries to educate children and guide them out of poverty:

How Our Catholic Ministry Helps Fight Poverty and World Hunger

Catholic World Mission is dedicated to helping people around the world by alleviating suffering, illuminating the mind and igniting the Spirit. We do so through several main pillars, which provide both physical and spiritual healing:

  • Dignified Living: As Americans, it’s easy to take everyday necessities like food, water, housing and medical care for granted. However, millions of people around the world lack these basic human needs. We strive to act as Christ’s hands and feet to those in need by reaching out to these communities. Our Dignified Living projects include providing food for people in poverty, supporting the creation of safe structures and providing medical support to the poor.
  • Education: When children are able to earn their education and achieve their dreams, communities can break free from the chains of poverty. However, millions of families around the world lack the funds to give their children a proper education. Our Education services like the Mano Amiga school system bring this urgent need to thousands of families. These schools teach children how to help themselves and share their skills with others throughout the community.
  • Evangelization: As believers in Christ, our work must go beyond meeting the physical needs of the poor. We’re called to spread the word of God to every nation and bring people of all ages to know Jesus. We invest in spiritual futures by sharing our faith in every region in which we distribute aid and never sponsoring any program that goes against the teachings of the Catholic Church.
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