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Stories From The Field

Water for Schools in Burkina Faso

CRS' Kom-Yilma project is investing in critical water infrastructure and training on good water, hygiene and sanitation practices. »»

Gaza Kindergarten Rebuilt

Re-establishing a place to learn addresses physical and psychological damage left by 2014 conflict. »»

CRS Cares for Creation

Catholic Relief Services is playing an important role in reducing the impact of climate change on poor and vulnerable. »»

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. »»

HIV Testing, Counseling and Care

CRS helps traditional birth attendants improve survival chances for mothers and newborns. »»

HIV Testing, Counseling in Nigeria

CRS program offers information, counseling and voluntary testing to help prevent the spread of HIV. »»

Microfinance: Savings Plan Funds Business

In Burkina Faso, Savings and Internal Lending Communities are providing access to capital for people who cannot afford loans. »»

The Legacy of Archbishop Romero in His Own Words

Quotes of Archbishop Romero speaking for the suffering and marginalized. »»

Providing Lifesaving Support for Syrian Refugees

Once a vibrant hub of Middle Eastern culture and history, Syria has been besieged by internal conflict that has uprooted millions of innocent families. »»

Helping Hands for Burkina Faso Women

CRS Helping Hands program assists a center that provides refuge for women accused of witchcraft. »»

The CRS Collection: Help Jesus in Disguise

The Catholic Relief Services Collection will be held the weekend of March 15 and will support vulnerable families around the globe. »»

Let Blessings Flow

Water is essential to life, but millions don't have access to it. Safe water is a blessing, and you help share the gift. »»

Training Health Care Workers for Ebola

In Guinea, one of 3 West African countries worst affected by the Ebola outbreak, CRS is training more than 3,000 health care workers. »»

Ebola Outbreak: Protecting Health Care Workers

In Guinea, CRS is training more than 3,000 health care workers to help stop the spread of the deadly virus in health facilities. »»

Ebola: Doctors Risk Their Lives for Their Village

They left practices in Guinea's capital city to return to their stricken home village to help stop Ebola. »»

Syrian Refugees Supported in Lebanon

CRS and partner, the Good Shepherd Sisters, serve families through a harsh winter far from home. »»

Sustainable Agriculture: Better Crops for Nigeria

More than 50 entrepreneurial farmers in Nigeria are in the vanguard of an agricultural transformation. »»

Ebola Cases Decline, Threat Remains

One case could cause a new epidemic, so CRS seeks broad improvements to entire health care systems. »»

Helping Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Nigeria

CRS helps orphans and vulnerable children in Nigeria by strengthening families and communities. »»

Lent: A Strong Season for All of Us

Share your Lenten sacrifices with CRS Rice Bowl and discover ways to strengthen your faith. »»

Syrian Refugees Face Bitter Winter

CRS and Caritas Iraq are providing shelter and other necessities like blankets, heaters and cooking supplies. »»

Haiti Quake: Photos Then and Now

CRS staff revisit scenes of devastation photographed in 2010 and bring back pictures that mark change and progress. »»

In 2015, Keep the Light On for CRS

This New Year, share your epiphanies with us and become the bright spot for millions around the world. »»

Mexico's Violence Countered By Mothers' Faith

Like the Virgin Mary, these mothers take refuge in their faith to bear the excruciating pain of the deaths of their sons and daughters. »»

Haiti Commitment: 3 Reasons Partnerships Have Been Key

Five years after the earthquake, focus has shifted from recovery to comprehensive long-term development in Haiti. »»

Displaced South Sudanese Receive Shelter

Many who escaped fighting left everything and faced exposure, hunger and even snakes. »»

Five Years Later:The Earthquake as a Catalyst of Change

Five years ago, a massive earthquake brought destruction and increased challenges to Haiti. But reconstruction has brought new opportunities. »»

Microfinance: Life Savings Save Lives in South Sudan

CRS savings program helped members pool resources, escape crisis and return to rebuild. »»

Ebola Outbreak: Call for Robust Response

CRS has committed money and our wide range of programming expertise to curb the deadly disease in West Africa. »»

Philippines Typhoon Hagupit Relief Work Begins

Thousands need food, water, sanitation, shelter, but CRS shelters withstood the storm. »»

Philippines: Typhoon-Resistant Shelters Work

CRS shelters withstood Typhoon Hagupit while other houses sustained serious damage. »»

Typhoon Hagupit Rains Menace Islands in the Philippines

Thousands of shelters survive, but risk of landslides and flooding keep CRS teams active. »»

Philippines Typhoon Hagupit Relief Effort Readied

Local Catholic churches offer refuge to thousands as CRS prepares the disaster relief response. »»

Philippines Typhoon 2014: Islanders Prepare for Storm

CRS eyewitness says Filipinos recovering from the last super typhoon are evacuating with their most useful possessions. »»

Typhoon Hagupit Nears Philippines, CRS Staff Prepares

CRS stockpiles of emergency supplies typically include material for emergency shelters, basic necessities like blankets and cooking sets. »»

Syrian and Iraqi Refugees

CRS and Caritas Jordan are helping refugee children to stay on a school track and overcome some of the trauma of war. »»

Middle East Refugees Seek Education for Their Children

Above permanent homes and return to normalcy, Syrian and Iraqi refugees want their children to keep learning. »»

Coming Soon in the Here and Now

In this season of waiting and preparation, don't forget to enjoy the present. »»

Disaster Relief: Faster, More Accurate

In India, CRS response teams use tablet computers and QR code technology to speed help, save time and money, and make progress more trackable. »»

Violence in Honduras Pushes Thousands to U.S. Border

Children as young as 8 are recruited to sell drugs or watch for police on streets from San Salvador, El Salvador, to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. »»

Beyond Beans: Growing Coffee & Opportunity in Kenya

Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. is working with CRS and our Caritas partner to help 1,500 Kenyan coffee farmers diversify their income. »»

Ebola Outbreak: Catholic Hospital Reopens

St. Joseph's Catholic Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, was shuttered for months after Ebola infected much of the staff. »»

Ebola Outbreak: Burying the Dead With Dignity

Sierra Leone's Ebola death toll has risen above 1,400 people. CRS is scaling up its work there. »»

Poverty Solution: A Passion for Personal Success

GAIN allows young women to work and learn together to make better lives for themselves. »»

Sustainable Rwanda: Coffee Growers Diversify Crops

Better nutrition is only one of the benefits CRS and Keurig Green Mountain bring to small-farm owners. »»

Rwanda Animal Fair: Goats and Hopes

Owning even a small animal means a chance to earn more and build a future. »»

Sustainable Rwanda: Coffee Growers Diversify

For coffee farmers, new crops also mean better nutrition, new business opportunities, improved finances and more. »»

A Hand Up for Kenyan Coffee Farmers

New growing methods, goats and financing provide a lifeline for struggling families. »»

Thanks for Being There

People you don't even know are giving thanks for having you in their lives. »»

Rebuilding After Typhoon Haiyan

One woman tells the story of many survivors seeking a better life for their children. »»

Typhoon Haiyan, One Year Later

People like Ric De Veyra emerge during crisis to show that it is possible to pick up the pieces in the wake of disaster. »»

Hispanic Heritage Month History in the United States

More than 39 percent of U.S. Catholics are Hispanic. Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates Latinos' contribution to the building of this nation. »»

Microfinance: Saving Lives and Money

HIV ruined and nearly took Janet's life until she met CRS and our savings-led microfinance program. »»

Microfinance Savings Strategy Grows Small Business

With a $50 loan from her savings group, a restaurateur grew her business and her dreams for her children. »»

Harvesting the Best in Others

Helping others grow their lives starts with a small seed—and you. »»

CRS' Peacebuilding in Central African Republic

This is why this workshop is so important: to give us the tools to end the crisis and continue with the development of the country. »»

Help Needed to Prevent Famine in South Sudan

Faith, hope for future motivate CRS' work distributing seeds and tools, as South Sudanese displaced by conflict return to rebuild their lives. »»

Malawi Community Health Hero

Visit by THRIVE worker brings help for young stroke victim and her family. »»

What Our Children Are Not Learning

No one wants kids to learn what it's like to be hungry, in a gang, trafficked or caught in conflict's crossfire. »»

South Sudan: Seeds and Tools Are A Lifeline to Farmers

CRS needs your help to continue assisting the people of South Sudan grow food so they can care for their families. »»

'Where Is God in This?'

When cycles of crisis—like the one in the Central African Republic—move some to despair, what's your response? »»

Relief Before Disaster: Prepared for the Worst

In Bangladesh, CRS helps families recover from and prepare for future storms with proven, affordable building techniques and proven financial training. »»

Mauritania: Helping My Neighbor, Building Resilience

Sharing food growing and storage techniques for desert helps families eat more often. »»

Sustainable: Market Savvy Soy Farmers Unite

A CRS project helps farmers work together in the marketplace, earn more, and improve generations of lives. »»

Churches Provide Safe Haven in Central African Republic

As conflict drags on, more help is needed to shelter, feed, and provide medical care and beds for displaced people in the Central African Republic. »»

Ultimate Freedom Comes From God

Generous spirits support CRS' work—not to cause dependency, but to spread freedom and independence. »»

Unaccompanied Minors: An Alarming Surge in Numbers

CRS responds as more children face the perilous prospect of crossing borders to escape poverty and violence. »»

Salvadoran Youth Find Alternatives to Violence, Gangs

CRS helps a former gang member in El Salvador get off the streets and into a life of work and service. »»

Texting to Head Off Hunger

Using cell phones, CRS early warning system enables faster planning for food emergencies. »»

Doing God's Work by Working

Strengthening livelihoods affirms and upholds people’s inherent dignity, and their right to earn a living. »»

After Haiyan, 'A Peaceful Place to Sleep'

CRS works closely with families in the Philippines to design and build transitional homes that provide safety, security—and a sense of control. »»

New Stoves, New Lives in Ethiopia

Handmade stoves save women time and help communities earn money for agriculture. »»

Simple Porridge Transforms Lives in Ethiopia

With CRS' help, Ganet Gelgehu's prayers for her malnourished boys were answered in a bowl of porridge. »»

Mother's Day: A New Perspective

An American aid worker sees mothers in a new light after becoming a mom herself. »»

Rwanda 20 Years After Genocide

Faith and forgiveness are at the core of the country's commitment to healing the wounds of one fateful summer. »»

Peacebuilding in the Light of Easter

April marks the anniversary of many tragic conflicts; the Resurrection counters them all with hope. »»

Pope Francis' Call, Our Response

Pope Francis began his papacy during Lent—how fitting that we take this time to heed his call to serve. »»

Syrian Refugees Hold Mirror to Texas Visitor

A writer sees himself in the faces of Syrian refugees. »»

Pakistani Women Encourage Girls' Education

In northern Pakistan, CRS is working with religious leaders and families to support education for all children, especially girls. »»

Closer Walk, Better Lives, Rice Bowl

What you give up for Lent really does change lives, yours included. »»

Microfinance Growth

Because of your support, CRS' microfinance programs have grown to help more than 1 million people in 35 countries around the world. »»

Pope Francis on Care for the Poor

Evangelii Gaudium calls on the faithful to see with compassion the world's least fortunate. »»

Feeding on Faith

A successful approach to ending global hunger begins long before food is served. »»

Haiti's Future: Commitment to Catholic Schools

During four years of quake relief and recovery, a coalition of Church associations join parishes to undertake a massive upgrade to teacher training. »»

Haiti Quake Recovery at 4 Years

CRS work permeates strata of Haitian life from family to school to national civic life. »»

Haiti Housing: First, Create Community

A first-of-its-kind housing project is being built for and by residents of one of Port-au-Prince's largest temporary resettlement camps. »»

A Uniquely Catholic Response to Need

Several ongoing humanitarian crises would be far worse today if not for your Gospel-inspired commitment to the poor and suffering. »»

Somali Refugees: Hope Away From Home

The massive Dadaab camp in Kenya may seem an unlikely place for hopes and dreams, but these Somali refugees have hope in spades. »»

After Haiyan, Tarp Makes Beautiful Music

A durable, specially designed tarp helps put more than a roof over the heads of Typhoon Haiyan survivors in the Philippines. »»

Food Voucher System Aids Poor Palestinians

CRS will help feed 12,000 Palestinians while boosting West Bank economy. »»

Philippines Emergency: Faith Stronger Than Typhoon

As he builds his CRS-provided emergency shelter, Haiyan survivor Hermogenes Cortez Jr. recalls furious winds—and an unwavering trust in God. »»

Philippines Haiyan Recovery: Building Shelter

CRS staff builds durable, inexpensive shelters as a first response in restoring communities beset by calamity. »»

'Talking Books' Teach Health

Despite widespread illiteracy, talking books deliver health and nutrition information in local dialects. »»

CRS Addresses All Areas of HIV Programming

CRS supports 184 HIV programs in 35 countries and directly supports more than eight million people affected by the epidemic. »»

Darfur: Quality Makes Shelters 'Home'

CRS creates culturally appropriate, environmentally friendly shelters owners can call home—wherever that may be. »»

Typhoon Haiyan: Help Philippines Survive and Recover

As one of history's most brutal storms hits the Philippines, CRS is working with the government and partners to maximize recovery efforts. »»

Malaria: Success Against A Persistent Disease

Along multiple fronts and with strong partnerships, CRS pushes to counter a grim and too often fatal mosquito borne illness. »»

Impossible Thanksgiving Task

We're grateful for more blessings than we can count. And we rejoice in the ones we can count on. »»

Catholic Advocacy Extends PEPFAR's 'Lazarus Effect'

Thanks to dedicated supporters, CRS remains a strong supporting arm of the Catholic Church's care for people with HIV. »»

Congo Crisis Response Meets iPad Tech

CRS harnesses the power of touch screen to help vulnerable families in eastern Congo. »»

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