CRS in Middle East & North Africa
The Middle East is a land holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims, but it is also a violent land that yearns for a just peace. From northern Iraq to the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon to the streets of Gaza, Catholic Relief Services assists people in recovering from life-threatening situations.
Conflicts across the Middle East have forced millions of people to flee to neighboring countries or to refuge within their own countries. Refugees and displaced families from Syria, Iraq and Gaza need shelter, food, water and medical care.
CRS and our Church partners are helping them meet their urgent needs: adequate and safe shelter, clean water, food, hygiene, medicine, education and care for their children. In addition, CRS is trying to provide stability and the opportunity to live in dignity.
CRS has been working in the Middle East for more than 50 years and will continue to focus on emergency response and long-term development work that alleviates suffering and promotes integral human development.
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
May 24, 2016
‘Papa’ Francis Inspires and Challenges
The pope addresses world issues from a Gospel foundation while modeling humility and strength.
May 11, 2016
CRS to Help Gaza With $50 Million from USAID
CRS to implement a five-year grant to provide humanitarian relief in the Gaza Strip
May 3, 2016
The 15 Women Farmers You Need to Meet
Catholic Relief Services works with women farmers around the world. Even against everything—climate change, scarce resources and difficult financial circumstances—these women prove just how powerful they are.
May 2, 2016
Syrian Refugees: Starting Up and Starting Over
A CRS project helps refugees in Egypt start small businesses and resume their lives.