How We Help

Aiding refugees through the Church during times of war, displacement, violence and natural calamities is deeply rooted in the history of ACN. As early as the 1950s, ACN founder Father Werenfried van Straaten conducted pioneering work in helping displaced persons.

Aiding refugees through the Church during times of war, displacement, violence and natural calamities is deeply rooted in the history of ACN. As early as the 1950s, ACN founder Father Werenfried van Straaten conducted pioneering work in helping displaced persons.

Churches and religious facilities are often destroyed in areas of crisis. We support the reconstruction in those regions because churches are the heart of Christian life and a sign of hope.

ACN has always been an advocate for theological training of seminarians, postulants and novices. Our help is an investment in forming future priests and nuns who will provide spiritual guidance and assure a sacramental life to the laity. Our support goes to countries where finances for religious formation and education are not sufficiently ensured due to poverty, war or persecution.

There is a lack of priests in many of the world’s poorest countries. The religious training of the laity for catechetical service is an essential element in keeping the faith alive. These projects aim to enable men and women through basic theological training to pass their beliefs on to others and prepare them for the reception of the Sacraments.

Since 1979, Aid to the Church in Need has been the publisher and global supplier of children’s Bibles which have been translated into 180 languages and already distributed more than 52 million times. In poor countries, the Bible is often the first book that little ones have access to in their own language and frequently the only picture book they receive in their lifetime.