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 7, 2019
Nepal Quake Home Reconstruction
A mother becomes a mason and secures valuable skills for her family and community.
May 3, 2019
CRS Responds as Cyclone Fani Slams into India and Bangladesh
Working with partners, including Caritas, CRS working to evacuate, distribute supplies
April 18, 2019
Nepal Earthquake: From Recovery to Resilience
CRS helps survivors build their lives back better.
March 27, 2019
Nepal Quake: Housing, Income, Environment Top Recovery Goals
This April marks four years since Nepal’s devastating 7.6-magnitude earthquake, which claimed 8,669 lives and destroyed more than 500,000 homes. Nearly one-third of the country’s population—about 8 million people—were...