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.

Every two minutes, a child dies from a water-related disease.*

“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.

Globally, each year one million people die from diseases related to water, sanitation and hygiene.*

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.

Learn More

Students fill up their water bottles at a line of faucets coming from the water purification system at Our Lady of Holy Cross School in Barakathal, India, while Headmistress Sister Khochem Mossang, CSC, observes.

Cool, Clear, Life giving water flows at Holy Cross

Water as a Human Right and Public Trust, 2004

Sister Shiuli Gomes, CSC, reviews progress on the water filtration system with one of the men doing the work.

Holy Cross Goes Solar

Raising Money for Clean Water

Have Questions?

Please call, 574-284-5641 or send and email to

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

Thank you!