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Stories From The Field

Gangs Lose Grip With Alternatives to Violence

CRS helps a former gang member in El Salvador get off the streets and into a life of work and service »»

Rwanda 20 Years After Genocide

Faith and forgiveness are at the core of the country's commitment to healing the wounds of one fateful summer. »»

Peacebuilding in the Light of Easter

April marks the anniversary of many tragic conflicts; the Resurrection counters them all with hope. »»

Pope Francis' Call, Our Response

Pope Francis began his papacy during Lent—how fitting that we take this time to heed his call to serve. »»

Syrian Refugees Hold Mirror to Texas Visitor

A writer sees himself in the faces of Syrian refugees. »»

Pakistani Women Encourage Girls' Education

In northern Pakistan, CRS is working with religious leaders and families to support education for all children, especially girls. »»

Closer Walk, Better Lives, Rice Bowl

What you give up for Lent really does change lives, yours included. »»

Pope Francis on Care for the Poor

Evangelii Gaudium calls on the faithful to see with compassion the world's least fortunate. »»

Feeding on Faith

A successful approach to ending global hunger begins long before food is served. »»

Haiti's Future: Commitment to Catholic Schools

During four years of quake relief and recovery, a coalition of Church associations join parishes to undertake a massive upgrade to teacher training. »»

Haiti Quake Recovery at 4 Years

CRS work permeates strata of Haitian life from family to school to national civic life. »»

Haiti Housing: First, Create Community

A first-of-its-kind housing project is being built for and by residents of one of Port-au-Prince's largest temporary resettlement camps. »»

A Uniquely Catholic Response to Need

Several ongoing humanitarian crises would be far worse today if not for your Gospel-inspired commitment to the poor and suffering. »»

Somali Refugees: Hope Away From Home

The massive Dadaab camp in Kenya may seem an unlikely place for hopes and dreams, but these Somali refugees have hope in spades. »»

After Haiyan, Tarp Makes Beautiful Music

A durable, specially designed tarp helps put more than a roof over the heads of Typhoon Haiyan survivors in the Philippines. »»

Food Voucher System Aids Poor Palestinians

CRS will help feed 12,000 Palestinians while boosting West Bank economy. »»

Philippines Emergency: Faith Stronger Than Typhoon

As he builds his CRS-provided emergency shelter, Haiyan survivor Hermogenes Cortez Jr. recalls furious winds—and an unwavering trust in God. »»

Philippines Haiyan Recovery: Building Shelter

CRS staff builds durable, inexpensive shelters as a first response in restoring communities beset by calamity. »»

'Talking Books' Teach Health

Despite widespread illiteracy, talking books deliver health and nutrition information in local dialects. »»

CRS Addresses All Areas of HIV Programming

CRS supports 184 HIV programs in 35 countries and directly supports more than eight million people affected by the epidemic. »»

Darfur: Quality Makes Shelters 'Home'

CRS creates culturally appropriate, environmentally friendly shelters owners can call home—wherever that may be. »»

Typhoon Haiyan: Help Philippines Survive and Recover

As one of history's most brutal storms hits the Philippines, CRS is working with the government and partners to maximize recovery efforts. »»

Malaria: Success Against A Persistent Disease

Along multiple fronts and with strong partnerships, CRS pushes to counter a grim and too often fatal mosquito borne illness. »»

Impossible Thanksgiving Task

We're grateful for more blessings than we can count. And we rejoice in the ones we can count on. »»

Catholic Advocacy Extends PEPFAR's 'Lazarus Effect'

Thanks to dedicated supporters, CRS remains a strong supporting arm of the Catholic Church's care for people with HIV. »»

Congo Crisis Response Meets iPad Tech

CRS harnesses the power of touch screen to help vulnerable families in eastern Congo. »»

Congo Emergency: Aid Worker Knows Refugees' Plight

CRS staffer Michée Kashoshi, once displaced by violence, now aids refugees in Democratic Republic of Congo. »»

Miami Teen Serves Malawi Orphans

The orphans' plight touched Alejandro Ortega. His bake sale results surprised him. And CRS impressed him. »»

Living the Gospel, Sharing the Harvest

Your support helps those whose food supply depends on their gardens, weather and grace. »»

Photo Tour: Hope for Syrian Refugee Children

For those bearing the heaviest burden of the Syrian crisis, reading and writing bring healing and hope. »»

Outsmarting Coffee Leaf Rust in Guatemala

Guatemalan coffee growers learn to keep their farms alive and families fed despite a leaf rust crisis. »»

Providing Lifesaving Support for Syrian Refugees

See how CRS and the local Church are responding to the needs of Syrian refugees. »»

South Sudan Builds Long Road to Nationhood

New food program helps open markets and connect communities.

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CRS Assists People Affected By Severe Flooding in Sudan

CRS is providing assistance to thousands of people affected by flooding in Sudan that impacted more than 300,000 people and killed nearly 50. »»

Make Us Teachers

As the new school year begins, CRS celebrates the power of education to change—and save—lives. »»

Education in Sierra Leone: Changing Minds

A CRS education program helps children discover and reach new ambitions. »»

Child Labor Belongs in a Classroom

In Guatemala, parents are learning that an education can ultimately benefit a family more than the immediate help a child brings to the workplace. »»

Farming in India: Old Risks, New Rewards

Giving over a precious plot of land to an experiment is a high-stakes gamble for farmers desperate for more predictable harvests. »»

Refugee Camp Priority: Health and Sanitation

A potential nightmare of disease and discomfort in Kenya is instead a functioning and healthy community, thanks to simple hygiene practices. »»

Staying Healthy in a Kenya Refugee Camp

Keeping the world's largest refugee camp clean means having carefully constructed latrines, trash collection and trained, dedicated health teachers. »»

Better Cacao and Incomes in the Philippines

CRS helps indigenous farmers improve plantings and get better prices for their crops. »»

Somali Refugees Champion Good Health

Four-year-old Farhiya follows in her father's footsteps by teaching others about the critical importance of proper hygiene. »»

CRS Celebrates World Youth Day

As millions gather for World Youth Day in Brazil, meet young people from around the world whose lives you have touched through your support of CRS. »»

Emergencies: Prevent, Manage, Prepare

Thanks to you and your Church, many poor communities are now better prepared to manage emergencies and even prevent crises from occurring. »»

World Youth Day: A Powerful Force for Good

Pope Francis will lead "the witness of a living and renewing faith" that Blessed John Paul II started. »»

Disaster Prep: Saving Lives Before the Storm

As Dominican Republic youth become leaders in emergency preparedness, some are finding that the calamity they are preventing may be their own. »»

Madagascar Taps Public-Private Water System

Cleaner water, better management, regular maintenance and more accountability flow from a business-government partnership. »»

South Sudanese Name the Steps to Progress

In their own words, the people of South Sudan say that peace, farming and roads will help them build a prosperous new nation. »»

iPods Firmly Planted in Farmers' Lives

Mobile computer technology makes the tried-and-true seed fair a smoother, more secure way to help Madagascar farmers recover their lives. »»

Madagascar's Locally Grown Shelters

One tree provides material that's accessible, inexpensive, and unusually weather resistant. »»

South Sudan Takes On Self-Reliance

After decades of foreign aid, Simon Kuereng is helping his fellow South Sudanese build their future with their own hands. »»

Independence Days: South Sudanese Relearn Self-Reliance

The world's newest nation relearns farming skills stolen by generations of war and displacement. »»

Syria Crisis: Assistance for Refugees

With medical aid and emergency supplies, CRS and Caritas are reaching thousands who've fled violence in the country. »»

Got a Light?

Seeing by God's light gives a whole new perspective on the world and your life. »»

Photos: CRS Responds to Refugees Worldwide

See how CRS eases the suffering of refugees with lifesaving clean water, food kits, medicine and other essentials. »»

World Refugee Day: Comfort and Care

From Europeans fleeing countries during WWII to Somalis, Syrians and Malians today, the Church works through CRS to protect and advocate for refugees. »»

Coffee Growers Gain Market Power

By bringing farmers together CRS, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and local partners in the Philippines help coffee bean sellers earn more. »»

Nicaraguan Dads Are Key to Their Family's Health

A CRS program recognizes that fathers are vital to healthy families. »»

Water Works: An Affordable, Lasting Solution

A Madagascar project brings the benefits of clean water close to home and businesses through just three low-cost options. »»

Water Options Tailored to Improve Lives

Meet of few of the residents of Anivorano Est, Madagascar, who are making use of water services offered by CRS and our partners. »»

Guess Who's Living Leviticus 19:33–34?

As a CRS supporter, your hospitality extends well beyond your home—and even your country »»

Introducing Savings-Led Microfinance

Read this clear, non-technical explanation of how and why CRS microfinance starts with savings, rather than loans, to build financial independence. »»

From Indian Red-Light District to Green Thumb

Girls and young women find refuge from Mumbai's brothels and embrace a new life with the support of CRS and partner Prerana. »»

Madagascar Moms Learn Nutritious Lessons

Facing grim decisions about how to feed their children, two mothers turn to CRS and SALOHI for healthy solutions. »»

Early Child Nutrition Safety Net

CRS and partner SALOHI weigh babies and train moms to keep kids healthy in their critical first 5 years. »»

Your First Evangelist?

Chances are you know someone whose name could be added to an often-overlooked group of Church heroes. »»

Excerpts From Pacem in Terris

"The dignity of the human person involves the right to take an active part in public affairs and to contribute one's part to the common good." »»

St. François de Sales Hospital Rises Anew

Destroyed in the 2010 Haiti earthquake, a new state-of-the-art facility is born. »»

Pacem in Terris at 50

Pope John XXIII's encyclical envisioned nations working together for the peaceful benefit of all peoples. »»

They Pray, You Answer

Guess what's near the top of everyone's prayer list? »»

Every Day Is World Water Day

Water is essential to survival, yet nearly a billion people worldwide cannot access it. With your help, CRS is changing that. »»

Bringing Sanitation to Bolivia's Highlands

Eco-friendly latrines, potable water pumps and proper hand-washing techniques bring water and sanitation solutions to Bolivia's diverse La Paz region. »»

Welcome, Your Holiness

CRS welcomes Pope Francis by drawing from the long papal heritage of caring for people less fortunate. »»

Eco-Friendly Latrines in Bolivia's Highlands

CRS and local partners introduce waterless latrines to meet the water and sanitation needs of people living in two extremely different environments. »»

Double Blessings in Burkina

By providing improved nutrition, a Burkina Faso clinic helps moms enjoy the blessings of two babies. »»

Celebrating Women's Work Around the World

PHOTO GALLERY: CRS celebrates women's work overseas. These women farm, vote, provide health care—and raise families. »»

Nurturing Self-Sufficiency in Afghan Women

Afghan women learn new skills to improve their lives and future. »»

Faith and Fellowship Aid Japan's Tsunami Survivors

In Japan, the local Church is helping survivors of the 2011 tsunami—and Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster—rebuild their lives. »»

Thank You, Holy Father

Pope Benedict XVI's encyclicals have inspired millions, including CRS staff members, who carry out the Church's mission of service. »»

Looking Back: Pope Benedict XVI at Nationals Park

As Catholic Relief Services says goodbye to Pope Benedict XVI, we look back at his April 2008 visit to Nationals Park. »»

Rebuilding A Haiti Hospital: Fact Sheet

St. François de Sales Hospital, destroyed by the Haiti earthquake, will return as a state-of-the-art teaching facility serving poor people. »»

A Crucial Moment for Afghan Women

On International Women's Day, it's important to remember how opportunities for women in Afghanistan help everyone. »»

Streams of Living Water

From your Lenten observance flow blessings that change lives in profound ways. »»

Mali Crisis: A Young Mom's Story

Djélika Haïdara was pregnant with her first son when she fled fighting in Timbuktu, Mali. Your generosity is helping keep her family alive. »»

Seed Fairs Grow Hope in Postcyclone Madagascar

Catholic Relief Services seed fairs help farmers recover from devastating Cyclone Giovanna. »»

Early Marriage Foe Fights Back

A lone headmistress rallies teachers and parents to improve futures one child at a time. »»

One Very Important Life

What you give up for Lent changes lives.

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Mali: Defending Dignity of the Displaced

Meet some Malian families who escaped violence in the troubled north; CRS is helping them get their lives back on track. »»

Achievements in Haiti

Thanks to your support, in the 3 years since the January 2010 earthquake, Catholic Relief Services has helped put Haitians back on track. »»

Haiti: Getting Back to Business

Three years after the catastrophic earthquake, CRS' partnership with Outreach to Haiti is still going strong. »»

A Church for the Future in Haiti

Before and after the devastating quake destroyed much of the capital city, one thing has been constant in Haitian life: the Catholic Church. »»

World Day of Peace

Pope Benedict XVI's World Day of Peace message calls on Catholics to embrace peace. Here's how you answer his call. »»

Blessings for a New Year

You will be encouraged by your support of the poorest people in the world during the Year of Faith. »»

Syrian Refugees Brace for Brutal Winter

Hundreds of thousands of families have fled Syria for neighboring countries. As harsh winter approaches, CRS is providing life-saving assistance. »»

Philippines Typhoon: Deadly Mudslide Strands Families

With help from USAID and the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, CRS is responding with survival kits for families who lost everything. »»

Mali: A Warm Welcome Amid Turmoil

Your support is helping CRS provide a lifeline for Malian families escaping violence in the troubled north. »»

Brazil: Knowing Rights Strengthens Farm Workers

CRS is engaged in the eradication of slavery in Brazil, which is also a priority of the local Church and its Pastoral Land Commission. »»

Ecuador: Mission Helps Farmer Recover Losses

In Ecuador, Catholic Relief Services helps Colombian refugees through local partners such as the Scalabriniana Mission. »»

Bolivia: Improved Crops Mean Improved Lives

The project is training farmers in organic production techniques and the use of environmentally friendly products aimed at reducing pesticide use. »»

Chile: Post-Quake Shelter Helps Poncho Weaver Carry On

With the support of CRS, the local Caritas carried out an assessment which resulted in the reconstruction of ten homes in Rinconada de Doñihue. »»

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