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CRS in Sudan

Sudan is a country in transition. For those directly affected by conflict or natural disaster, CRS provides life-saving relief. In areas where there is relative stability, CRS recovery and resilience interventions ensure that families can rebuild their lives and communities.

CRS implements programs with numerous local organizations in Sudan, using training modules and an intensive program of mentoring and follow-up.  CRS has also trained more than 30 local NGOs in specific programming sectors, in addition to general management and organizational development.


People Served: 1,327,108 (FY 2014: 434,184 direct; 892,924 indirect)

Population: 35,482,233 (July 2014 est.)

Size: 718,723 sq mi; slightly less than one-fifth the size of the United States

CRS' History in Sudan

Catholic Relief Services began working in Sudan in 1978 to help resettle internally displaced Sudanese in Khartoum. In 1982, CRS closed the Khartoum office and moved operations to what is now South Sudan. In 2004, CRS reopened our Sudan country program to respond to the urgent humanitarian crisis in Darfur and to once again assist vulnerable people in the Khartoum area.

In Khartoum and Darfur, we have supported thousands of women to form more than 300 Savings and Internal Lending Communities so that they may increase their levels of income and savings. 

We meet the emergency food, water, education, non-food items and shelter needs of internally displaced people in West and Central Darfur through general food distributions, emergency school feeding programs, latrine rehabilitation and basic infrastructure projects. We also respond to natural disasters, such as flooding in Khartoum.

Since 2006, CRS has responded to the shelter needs of thousands of internally displaced families in West Darfur by providing both environmentally-friendly emergency shelters and innovative transitional shelters.

We have constructed hundreds of classrooms and trained teachers and parent-teacher association members so that tens of thousands of children can attend school.