CRS in Asia
Asia’s population exceeds 4 billion. It is the Earth’s largest, most populous continent, containing 48 countries.
Since the 1970s, a number of those countries have made dramatic quality-of-life gains as measured by the United Nation’s Human Development Index. Countries such as China, Japan, Taiwan, province of China, South Korea and India are contemporary economic powerhouses in their own right.
At the same time, Asian cultures have permeated the West. Asian tastes haven’t merely influenced Western palates; they’ve changed them. Restaurants serving Asian fare are often judged by authenticity. Manufacturing has seen a significant shift eastward. Major brands that originated in Asian countries have become leading brands in the West.
However, amid growing national economic gains and political power, many people in Asia remain mired in poverty. Others stagger from conflict or the aftermath of war. Some Asian nations are more prone to catastrophic natural disaster.
CRS' humanitarian work in Asia brings expertise, innovation and a comprehensive approach to problem solving to this fast-changing continent.
While our response to disasters such as tsunamis, earthquakes and typhoons draw media attention, CRS is deeply involved in long-term humanitarian aid programs in Asia, including agriculture, health, education, microfinance, peacebuilding and other disciplines. These efforts go well beyond mere recovery and strive to help make prosperity and stability the new normal for hundreds of thousands of our bothers and sisters throughout Asia.
Country News and Stories
May 19, 2020
COVID-19 Creates Double Whammy Threat as Cyclone Amphan Hits
Pandemic threatens to make evacuations more difficult
May 13, 2020
Nepal Retrofits Homes After Earthquake
CRS supports mason training so Nepalese can rebuild and retain valuable skills for future livelihoods.
May 11, 2020
Bringing Water to an Isolated Village in Nepal
CRS supported construction of a pipeline system so that villagers now have a consistent supply of water and all the related benefits it brings.
May 7, 2020
Nepalese Women Take Lead in Home Building
With CRS supported masonry training, women gain valuable skill in high demand following devastating earthquakes.