CRS in India
The United Nations Development Program reports that nearly 42 percent of India's population (almost 500 million) lives on less than $1.25 per day while about 48 percent of children under age five suffer from stunting—a well-established child health indicator for chronic malnutrition. In addition, human trafficking remains a major concern throughout the country while natural and man-made disasters continue to affect India every year.
Country News and Stories
December 4, 2015
CRS Responds to Floods in India with Emergency Relief
CRS and our partners are providing relief to thousands of flood-affected households.
December 4, 2015
Time Magazine Interviews CRS, Describes the India Floods Situation
Time Magazine spoke with CRS' Jomey Joseph, who is on the ground in India.
October 19, 2015
Experience, Expertise and Emergency Response: Help and Hope for People in Crisis
Catholic Relief Services is currently responding to emergencies in more than 18 countries on four continents. Our most recent responses are to Typhoon Koppu in the Philippines , to Hurricane Patricia in Mexico and to...
March 23, 2015
Maternal and Infant Health Meet Smartphones
Community health workers in India are using mobile technology to save and improve the lives of pregnant women and their babies.
CRS' History in India
Catholic Relief Services began working in India in 1946 to help the local Church in Bombay to provide food to people affected by the war. During the next several years, child feeding programs and assistance to families in Calcutta continued, supported by Mother Teresa. By 1957, CRS was supporting 72 dioceses and 900 schools and health clinics with feeding programs.
Throughout the next several decades, CRS continued to provide U.S. government food support to its local partners to implement education, health, agriculture and emergency programs. U.S. Government food programming in India ended in 2009, but CRS has been continuing to work with partners in India to address fundamental issues of social justice, inequity in access to resources and empowerment of marginalized groups. CRS programming in India focuses on emergency resilience, relief and recovery; strengthening agriculture livelihoods; improving health systems and services; and preventing human trafficking and supporting trafficking survivors.