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CRS in Pakistan

CRS has been operating in Pakistan since 1954 in disaster response and preparedness, education, water/sanitation, and livelihoods assistance for vulnerable communities. CRS works across the country and maintains offices in Sindh, Baluchistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Our interventions support the efforts of the Pakistani Government to improve the lives of Pakistani communities.

Stats

People Served: 1,448,447 (FY 2014: 185,427 direct; 1,263,020 indirect)

Population: 196,174,380 (July 2014 est.)

Size: 307,374 sq mi, slightly less than twice the size of California

CRS' History in Pakistan

CRS has been operating in Pakistan since 1954 in disaster response and preparedness, education, water/sanitation, and livelihoods assistance for vulnerable communities. Catholic Relief Services has consistently responded to large-scale disasters in Pakistan. CRS is currently supporting 7,500 drought stricken households in southern Sindh with concentrated feed and fodder and animal management trainings.

CRS is also supporting 2,500 temporary displaced households from North Waziristan with transitional shelter. CRS has supported more than 1 million people across the country in relief, response and recovery, building more than 50,000 transitional shelters, distributing more than 40,000 household kits, assisting 38,000 households to restore their agricultural livelihoods with seeds, livestock, and training, and providing 350,000 individuals with access to clean water and sanitation

Given Pakistan's vulnerability to natural and man-made disasters, CRS has also improved the resilience and preparedness of communities through disaster risk reduction. In southern Sindh, CRS helps people prepare for droughts that periodically affect the region.  

Meanwhile, the design and development of the water projects in Pakistan depend on the need of the geographic area and population to be served. All water projects are developed with an emphasis on disaster risk reduction and "Do No Harm" principles. 

Catholic Relief Services carries out education programming in 3 of the 4 provinces of the country. Literacy rates dip below 30% in many communities, and enrollment and attendance rates are also low. CRS improves access to quality education for both girls and boys by engaging teachers, parents, religious leaders and community leaders to improve the quality of education.

Since 2005, CRS has built 114 school structures, trained and mentored 520 teachers, and conducted hygiene training for 6,688 students in rural communities in northern Pakistan. Through these efforts and the engagement of community leaders, CRS has increased enrollment by an average of 40% and improved attendance by 39% in those communities. 

Near the western Afghanistan border, CRS provides a basic literacy program for both Afghan refugee children and children from the Pakistani host community. Most recently, the program served 500 children (70% girls and 30% boys), preparing them to enter formal education. As a result of the program, 64% of students continued their education after the year's end. Local Pakistani schools also benefited from training for improved teaching and increased enrollment by 17%.