CRS Work in Guinea
Catholic Relief Services Guinea supports a number of initiatives focusing on refugee assistance, HIV and AIDS, governance, and social welfare.
HIV and AIDS
In early 2006, CRS and Caritas Guinea started a pilot project in Conakry distributing food to people living with HIV. With food supplied by the World Food Program, CRS and Caritas Guinea distribute rations to Guineans in need, at the same time providing education on nutrition and cooking demonstrations. Caritas Guinea has recently undertaken a number of HIV and AIDS information campaigns, financed by CRS.
Since 2002, CRS efforts have been focused on large-scale distribution of food and relief items funded by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees to five refugee camps in Guinea's southern Forest Region, near N'Zérékoré and Kissidougou. Through this initiative, CRS and the local church partner have distributed World Food Program food and other supplies to some 45,000 refugees. CRS has also directed the preparation of hot food for refugees returning to their homes in Liberia.
Every year, CRS provides the Missionaries of Charity, the organization founded by Mother Teresa, with food supplies to care for sick and orphaned children, beggars, prisoners and others in need. With CRS' contribution, the Missionaries of Charity are able to reach more than 1,000 people.
CRS collaborates closely with the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding on conflict resolution and governance issues. A recent project funded by the U.S. State Department will help harness the power of community voices, combined with those of traditional and religious leaders, to raise Guinean's awareness of their rights and responsibilities as good citizens.