CRS History in Jamaica
Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to provide emergency assistance to World War II survivors in Europe. After the rehabilitation of Europe, CRS began addressing needs in scores of countries newly independent after years of colonization in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
At first, our efforts were focused the immediate needs for survival, but soon turned to longer-term development and the more complex issues of water, sustainable agriculture, education, and the ability to earn a living. After the genocide in Rwanda, we realized the importance of promoting peace and conflict resolution to help communities avoid the cycles of war that cause immeasurable suffering and waste valuable resources.
Today, CRS reaches 100 million people in 100 countries on five continents. We bring lifesaving emergency relief and empower individuals and communities to identify their own needs and develop solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice.