Guinea

Twins Al Hassan and Al Ousseini lie on a bed under a mosquito net delivered by Catholic Relief Services. Photo by Lane Hartill/CRS

Twins Al Hassan and Al Ousseini lie on a bed under a mosquito net delivered by Catholic Relief Services. Photo by Lane Hartill/CRS

Guinea is endowed with a huge development potential. Mineral resources include bauxite, iron ore, gold and diamond reserves. Yet it is among the poorest countries in the world, ranked 178 of 187 in the 2011 Human Development Index. It lags behind in basic infrastructure, education, health, technology, employment, industrial and agricultural production. In December 2010, Guinea installed its first democratically elected president, marking Guinea's emergence from more than a half century of dictatorships and political repression. Yet the democratic process in Guinea is still shaky and needs sustained support to uphold the country's fragile peace.

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Stats

Population:11,176,026 (July 2013 est.)
Size:94,926 sq. mi.; slightly smaller than Oregon
People Served:17,326,428 (2013 est.)

History

Responding to the call of Guinean bishops to alleviate the suffering of tens of thousands refugees from warring Liberia and Sierra Leone, as well as help Guinean people internally displaced by rebel incursions, Catholic Relief Services started outreach activities from Sierra Leone in 2000. CRS opened a country office in Guinea in 2001 and became a country program in 2003.

Until 2006, CRS focused our activities on large-scale distributions of food and other goods to refugees and displaced people. Since 2007, CRS has significantly supported national development efforts in health, community level conflict prevention and resolution, governance, education, water and sanitation.

Partners

Organisation Catholique pour la Promtion Humaine (OCPH)
The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP)
U.S. Department of State

Programs

Civil Society and Governance
Education
Disaster Response
Health


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