CRS in Ethiopia
More than 15 million people are expected to face extreme food shortages in the coming months. Drought has devastated harvests causing loss of livestock and seed shortages, and increasing the food crisis daily. Catholic Relief Services is responding with emergency food aid, water and help for farmers to plant the next season, beginning in March.
For nearly 60 years, CRS has taken the lead in responding to natural and man-made disasters affecting Ethiopia's most vulnerable communities. Moving beyond emergency response, CRS' disaster mitigation and recovery projects in drought and flood-prone areas have rebuilt individual and community assets through non-food aid in the form of agriculture, livestock, health, nutrition, and water and sanitation assistance. CRS's humanitarian work in Ethiopia also provides livelihoods support to farmers and entrepreneurs, promotes gender equality, mobilizes for immunization and mitigates the impact of HIV.
Country News and Stories
March 1, 2017
Investing & Growing in Ethiopia: How Savings Groups Help Families During Drought
Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) help thousands of women and their families in Ethiopia improve their economic situation by starting small businesses, buying livestock or even sending their children to...
February 22, 2017
Don’t Give Up Chocolate Or Coffee This Lent!
Lent is a time of something more, not less.
January 23, 2017
Expanding Community Participation in Ethiopia
When a drought hits a community, it impacts everyone. But often, not everyone feels represented or included in the response to the challenge. This can be for many reasons, including a person’s gender or a disability.
January 23, 2017
Communities of Action: Ensuring Water Access and Building Resilience
In communities plagued by drought, every drop of water matters. This is especially true in parts of Ethiopia, which is in the midst of its worst drought in 50 years.
CRS' History in Ethiopia
Catholic Relief Services has worked in Ethiopia since 1958. For more than 50 years, CRS has taken the lead in responding to natural and man-made disasters affecting Ethiopia's most vulnerable communities.