Anatercia carries corn next to her fields in Mozambique. Photo credit: Emidio Josine/Caritas Australia.

Donate to support Project Compassion this Lenten season

Your support this Lent can help drive lasting change for communities living in poverty.


Anatercia collects water from the  community water tap near her house in Mozambique. Photo credit: Emidio Josine/Caritas Australia.
Anatercia collects water from the community water tap near her house in Mozambique. Photo credit: Emidio Josine/Caritas Australia.

You can help to transform lives Lent

Anatercia was just four years old when her father passed away. A chronic illness left her mother unable to work and Anatercia had to take on adult responsibilities to support her family, which included her elderly grandparents and younger brother. 

Like many rural communities in Mozambique, Anaterica’s village has no electricity, hospital, secondary school or supermarket. Anatercia had to travel up to five hours each day to collect water, leaving her exhausted, with little time for school. 

Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, our local partner, Caritas Regional Chokwe, was able to help build a gravity irrigation system in Anatercia’s community, as well as install a system of taps in her community. 

Now, Anatercia can easily access clean drinking water, and she can dedicate more time to her studies.

Your generous support this Lent can help make a real difference today, and For All Future Generations.

Giving back during Lent  

During the 40 days of Lent, which starts on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Thursday, Catholics around the world take part in fasting, prayer and almsgiving.

There is a long tradition of giving something up for Lent. In the Christian tradition, the forty days originated from Jesus’ forty days and nights in the wilderness. Ever since, people have followed this in a variety of ways, giving up specific items (abstaining) or having meat-free days during Lent.

What to give up for Lent

Giving something up is a simple way to combine the three Lenten pillars of fasting, prayer and almsgiving into one charitable activity. Some of the things that you can give up during Lent include:

  • Junk food
  • Coffee
  • Chocolate
  • Single-use plastic
  • Social media
  • Watching TV

Want to give up something during Lent while also giving back to communities in need? You can start your own fundraiser and ask your family and friends to sponsor you. By turning your personal Lenten challenge into a fundraiser, you can help support vulnerable communities around the world to forge a path out of poverty.


You can also donate the money you normally would have used on your daily coffee to support programs that help tackle poverty and inequality.

Your generous donation can help provide: 

Lifesaving essentials like access to clean water and nutritious food

Training and education programs that support vulnerable adults to learn new skills and gain employment, and help children to finish school

Emergency responses to natural disasters and humanitarian crises

Other ways to give back this Lent

You can sign up to take part in the 100km April challenge to raise funds for vulnerable communities around the world. The challenge is simple -  walk, run, swim, or cycle 100km in April to raise money to support people living in poverty around the world. 

You can sign up to take on the challenge by joining our Facebook fundraising group.