CRS in Europe
While Catholic Relief Services began its work in Europe in 1943 in the midst of World War II, the agency’s presence gradually phased out as war-affected countries recovered. With the break-up of the former Soviet Union and Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, CRS re-established its presence across a number of countries in Eastern Europe and the Caucuses. Primary focus areas included the provision of emergency relief in those countries that suffered from armed conflict (e.g. Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Moldova, and Armenia) and the strengthening of civil society systems and structures.
Today, CRS continues to demonstrate the solidarity of the American people across the region, with a focus on Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia, Greece, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Moldova, and Armenia. A core focus is to help national Caritas structures (many of which were only created after the fall of communism in the early 1990s) strengthen their capacities to better serve the poor and marginalized in their communities. CRS also helps our Caritas partners to respond to a range of disasters, both natural and man-made.
As you explore the countries in which CRS works, we hope you see the tremendous potential behind the programs, stories and especially the people we’re privileged to serve.
Country News and Stories
February 15, 2017
CRS Named Semi-finalist in Competition for $100 Million Grant
CRS proposes solution with Lumos and Maestral International to help orphans.
February 13, 2017
CRS Release Photo of the Month February 2017
CRS Releases Photo of the Month for Catholic Media.
February 11, 2017
CRS Welcomes Court's Block of Refugee Ban; Calls for More Humane Approach
CRS welcomes court decision to block executive order on refugee restrictions.
February 10, 2017
Syrian Refugee Crisis: 7 Things You Can Do to Help
Learn how to help Syrian refugees and support those facing one of the greatest humanitarian emergencies today.