The global thirst for water
If today you turned on a faucet without thinking about the beauty of instantly accessing water … consider yourself blessed.
In so many parts of the world, the lack of access to clean water and sanitation is a social justice issue. Pope Francis calls access to safe, drinkable water “a basic and universal human right, since it is essential to human survival.” Lack of access lays a heavy burden on a community, particularly low-income women and girls, who are often tasked with collecting their families’ daily water—sometimes over long distances.
“Our world has a grave social debt toward the poor who lack access to drinking water, because they are denied the right to a life consistent with their inalienable dignity.”
— Pope Francis, Laudato Si' 30, on care for our common home
There are solutions.
Across the globe, Sisters of the Holy Cross are researching this issue in their respective communities. They are talking directly with the people affected and others who can help. They are gathering data. And they are developing solutions geared to their community’s specific needs.
They know that access to clean water brings a positive ripple effect—on health, education, work and relationships—opening numerous possibilities for brighter futures.
Our Spring 2022 Appeal
We hope to raise $300,000 to support the many projects that Sisters of the Holy Cross have and will be submitting for funding. These might include the purchase and installation of:
- rainwater collection tanks, $1,500-$4,000;
- water purification systems, $700;
- toilets and supporting structures, $2,000;
- septic tanks $2,000;
- and the installation and drilling of wells $5,000.
Please join us in tackling this global crisis. Every amount makes a difference.
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Prefer to mail your donation?
Please make a note on your check indicating the Clean Water Initiative and send to:
Sisters of the Holy Cross
Development Office–Saint Mary’s
407 Bertrand Hall
Notre Dame Indiana 46556-5000