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Earthquake in Central Italy

Please donate to help our brothers and sisters affected by this tragic earthquake in central Italy.


Flooding in Louisiana

Please join us in prayer for our brothers and sisters devastated by flooding in Louisiana. While our overseas mission does not allow us to accept donations for emergencies in the United States, you may make a donation to our sister agency, Catholic Charities USA.


Middle East Migrant Crisis

Photo by Andrew McConnell for CRC
Photo by Andrew McConnell for CRC
The war in Syria has entered its sixth year. In Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt, more than 4 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.

 

 

                        


South Sudan Crisis

Photo by Donal Reilly/CRS
Photo by Donal Reilly/CRS
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of South Sudan as they endure conflict after five years of independence. About 42,000 people have been displaced from their homes, according to the United Nations, in addition to millions of others who have been suffering from the ongoing violence and food shortages because of drought. CRS remains committed to working for a peaceful and prosperous South Sudan. We are supporting the work of Solidarity with South Sudan to help those affected by the current violence with food, water and shelter in churches and schools, where many have sought refuge.

 

                        


Drought in Ethiopia

Photo by Nancy McNally
Photo by Nancy McNally
More than 15 million people are expected to face extreme food shortages in the coming months. Drought has devastated harvests causing loss of livestock and seed shortages, and increasing the food crisis daily. Catholic Relief Services is responding with emergency food aid, water and help for farmers to plant the next season, beginning in March.

 

 

                        


Earthquake in Ecuador

Photo by Eduardo Naranjo for CRS
Photo by Eduardo Naranjo for CRS
On April 16, 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador, killing at least 233 people, a number that is expected to rise as first responders reach the affected area. This is the strongest earthquake Ecuador has experienced since an earthquake in 1979.

Hundreds more have been injured and there are reports of widespread damage to buildings, roads and other infrastructure. Communications are down or intermittent, further complicating the logistics of assessing the damage and where the biggest needs are. Catholic Relief Services is coordinating with several actors and partners to determine which areas need to be assessed first.

 

                        


Responding to Emergencies

Photo by Kent Truog for CRS
Photo by Kent Truog for CRS
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 responses 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.

 

                        

 

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