Africa Hunger Crisis
A drought in Africa has left millions in Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan facing chronic hunger. Hundreds of thousands of children are acutely malnourished and need urgent nutritional support.
Catholic Relief Services is responding with emergency food aid, water and vocational training for the most vulnerable people, including those who have been displaced from their homes.
Mudslides in Colombia
Extreme rainfall in southern Colombia has caused massive mudslides in the municipality of Mocoa. As of April 1, 238 people have been reported killed, along with 203 injured, 220 missing, more than 300 families and 5 schools affected. CRS does not have programming or presence in the affected area, but we are in touch with Caritas Colombia, who has activated an assessment team and has also received information from local Church partners that up to 19 neighborhoods in Mocoa have been swept away, there has been massive damage to infrastructure as well as public water and electricity systems. CRS is supporting church partners as they distribute emergency supplies, establish shelters and food pantries and providing trauma counseling, specifically to affected youth. We ask you keep our brothers and sisters in Colombia close in prayer and we invite you to contribute to effort.
Middle East Migrant Crisis
The war in Syria is now in its seventh year. In Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt, and other countries almost 5 million Syrian refugees—mostly women and children—are struggling to get by. Host countries' economies, social services, and basic infrastructure are strained to the breaking point. In addition to providing basic services, CRS focuses on education, care, and trauma counseling for Syrian children, many of whom have been out of school for most of their childhoods.
CRS is responding with staff, pre-positioned food, relief supplies and shelter materials. The logistics of reaching the most damaged areas remain a major challenge for our disaster relief efforts. Your prayers and support are desperately needed.
Responding to Emergencies
Disaster survivors can’t wait for fundraising campaigns. Thanks to your donations, CRS is able to respond immediately to emergencies—many never reported by the media. Your donations fund CRS disaster relief efforts around the world as soon as they’re needed. Your support helps us tap emergency reserve funds. And CRS will support our most vulnerable brothers and sisters overseas with food, shelter, clean water and medical care long after the emergency fades from the spotlight.