COVID-19 — A new level of suffering and fear for the poor.

"The poor have no reserves and no insurance. Many families are already afraid of not having enough food." — Father Heinz Kulüke SVD


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Support the Emergency Relief Fund

For the poor and vulnerable across the globe, the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the daily pain and suffering that was already part of their lives. 

Around the world, Divine Word Missionaries are hurrying to support the disadvantaged by providing food, medicine and basic supplies. You can help as well. With the click of a mouse, you can bring hope to those who desperately need it.

In this moment of great uncertainty, we ask for your support of our missionary work. Together, we can help the impoverished rise from this crisis. By donating to this relief effort you can bring comfort to a mother who cannot feed her child and bring hope to a family that is struggling.

Help us raise $100,000 to support our emergency programs across the world.

Give Hope to the Poor

A gift today of $50 – $75 – $100 or more brings the promise of life to the farthest corners of the world where hope is nowhere to be found for the sick, the elderly and the homeless—nowhere except in the hearts of our missionaries.

In addition to supporting us financially, you can also help us make an impact by spreading the word about this campaign and sharing this page with your friends and family.

How to start a Givebutter Fundraiser

Set up your personal fundraising page (we promise it will take less than five minutes) on behalf of Divine Word Missionaries to keep helping the poor all over the world. We are aiming to go above and beyond our original goal of $100,000 and raise an additional $10,000 for continued emergency COVID-19 relief.

Many people choose to create fundraisers in memory of a loved one, in honor of a birthday or to commemorate another special occasion. If you are interested in getting started, watch the video below to learn more! 

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Emergency Report from India

Father Roy Thomas SVD writes: “India witnessed the seriousness of the COVID-19 crisis much later than many other countries. We were able to prepare the people living in the slums by increasing awareness and helping make and distribute masks.

“As the pandemic progressed, our missionaries with the permission of local governments, provided food and basic hygiene products to the poor. In our Bujah mission, we provided nourishing food and supplies to 1170 families across 10 villages.”

Emergency Report from the Philippines

Father Heinz Kulüke SVD writes: “All people are affected, especially the poor. Many of the poor families have lost their jobs and already low income as day laborers. The poor have no reserves and no insurance. The crisis has escalated so quickly that there was hardly any time to prepare for the current situation. Many families are already afraid of not having enough food. We are in the process of providing approximately 33,000 pounds of rice, canned sardines, and dried fish to the slums in Cebu to keep families in need afloat.”

 

Emergency Report from Paraguay

Fr. Viet “Juan” Quoc Hoang SVD writes: "In March when Paraguay’s President Mario Abdo Benitez ordered flight restrictions, border closures and strict quarantine, my heart sank. One week after the presidential order, many poor people began to knock on the rectory door, asking for food and cleaning supplies like bleach, dish soap and hand soap."

"As a Divine Word Missionary, I cannot ignore the needs of our brothers and sisters. With the help of good-hearted people, we began our work of charity. We handed out bags of food and supplies and cooked “olla popular” (or “community pot,” a soup or stew prepared for many) in our various outstation chapel communities. The needs in our parish community grow each day. We will continue for as long as we can."

 

Support our missions as they minister to the most vulnerable!

O my God, I hope in You, because You are infinitely  merciful, faithful and almighty.