Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and disadvantaged outside the country. The fundamental motivating force in all activities of CRS is the Gospel of Jesus Christ as it pertains to the alleviation of human suffering, the development of people and the fostering of charity and justice in the world.

CRS provides direct aid to the poor, and involves people in their own development, helping them to realize their potential. And CRS educates the people of the United States to fulfill their moral responsibilities toward our brothers and sisters around the world by helping the poor, working to remove the causes of poverty, and promoting social justice.

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» Recent News

Fighting in Eastern Congo Pushes Refugees Into Rwanda
03 Jun 04 | More than 3,000 Congolese refugees have fled into the Rwandan border town of Cyangugu to escape the eruption of violence in Bukavu in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

CRS Allocates $200,000 for Relief Efforts in Haiti and the Dominican Republic
28 May 04 | Catholic Relief Services (CRS) today announced an additional allocation of $200,000 in private funds to assist in relief and rehabilitation efforts after severe flooding on the island of Hispaniola.

Torrential Rains, Flooding Leave Tens of Thousands in Need in the Dominican Republic and Haiti
27 May 04 | Flooding caused by torrential rains in Haiti and the Dominican Republic has left more than 20,000 people in need of assistance, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) reported today. Nearly 2,000 people have lost their lives.

CRS Announces 2004 Award Recipients for Humanitarian Reporting
27 May 04 | The awards, presented at the Catholic Press Association convention in Washington, DC, honor journalists writing for Catholic publications on issues related to the developing world.

CRS Provides Assistance After Deadly Floods in the Dominican Republic and Haiti
25 May 04 | Catholic Relief Services (CRS) today announced the immediate provision of $20,000 in emergency funds to assist flooded communities in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Catholic Relief Services Launches Innovative Fundraising & Awareness Program for U.S. Donors
20 May 04 | Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has unveiled a new fundraising and awareness program to bring essential aid and relief to endangered and impoverished villages around the world.

Burundian Delegation Visits U.S. For Peace Building Training
17 May 04 | More than 21 Burundians from a cross section of Burundi society arrived this week in Washington, D.C. as part of a Burundi Peace Building and Reconciliation Commission, to address the role of the Burundian Catholic Church.

Countdown Until Rainy Season in Chad Signals Alarm
05 May 04 | With the rainy season just four weeks away in the central African country of Chad, the rapid, organized delivery of sufficient food and humanitarian supplies is urgent, according to field reports from Catholic Relief Services (CRS).

Rep. Hyde Staffer Joins Catholic Relief Services Legislative Affairs Team
29 Apr 04 | Trish Katyoka, former professional staff member on the House Committee on International Relations, this week joined humanitarian organization Catholic Relief Services as Legislative Associate.

CRS Commemorates 50 Years of Food for Peace
20 Apr 04 | This week, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) joins the USDA and the American private voluntary organization (PVO) community in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Public Law 480, the Food for Peace program.

Catholic Relief Services Awarded $7 Million To Help Orphans, Children Affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa, Haiti
14 Apr 04 | In countries where HIV/AIDS has ravaged family roots and community development, 56,700 orphans and vulnerable children will receive support from a $7 million grant awarded to Catholic Relief Services (CRS).

Catholic Relief Services Appoints Five Lay Members, Two Bishops, to Board of Directors
24 Mar 04 | In an historic move for CRS, five lay individuals, as well as two new bishops, have been appointed as new members of the CRS Board of Directors. This is the first time in the agency's history that lay members have served on the Board of Directors.

Slice of Charity: ARAMARK Donates Cash for Every Pizza Sold in Philadelphia-Area Catholic High Schools
18 Mar 04 | On Friday, March 19, $.25 of every slice of pizza sold by ARAMARK at Philadelphia-area Catholic high schools will be donated to an international humanitarian relief and development agency.

Cyclone Gafilo Further Damages Madagascar Communities
16 Mar 04 | Nearly a week after Cyclone Gafilo tore through the southeast African island of Madagascar with 300 km/hour winds, communication, power supplies and access routes in many parts of the country remain inaccessible, according to field reports.

CRS President Recommended to Millennium Challenge Corporation Board
12 Mar 04 | Catholic Relief Services President & CEO Ken Hackett was recommended to serve on the Millennium Challenge Corporation Board of Directors, among the first non-governmental members to be suggested to the panel.

Widespread Attacks and Water Shortage Call for Attention, Assistance Along Sudan Border
12 Mar 04 | Violent militia raids, destruction of villages, water scarcity, and harsh weather conditions threaten the security and survival of between 100,000 to 120,000 Sudanese refugees who have fled into Chad to escape the increased ethnic fighting.

Distribution of Aid in Haiti's Southern Peninsula Resuming Slowly
05 Mar 04 | Catholic Relief Services has resumed relief operations on a limited basis in Haiti's southern peninsula city of Les Cayes. Ongoing violence and insecurity on the nation's roads continues to paralyze the distribution of aid throughout the country.

CRS Continues Emergency Response in Brazil
04 Mar 04 | Nearly a month after the worst rains in half a century pounded Brazil, more than 100,000 people remain homeless, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) reported today. Widespread flooding throughout the Northeast has destroyed homes and infrastructure.

CRS Receives Emergency Funding for Haiti to Care for Most Vulnerable
02 Mar 04 | Catholic Relief Services (CRS) today was awarded $412,287 for emergency cash grants. The money will be used to assist local organizations to care for those whose lives have been disrupted by recent fighting.

CRS Responds to Victims of Morocco Earthquake
02 Mar 04 | Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is committing an initial allocation of $50,000 to provide tents, blankets and mattresses to victims of the recent earthquake in Al Hoceima, Northern Morocco.

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