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, 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
September 27, 2017
St. Francis of Assisi and CRS: Celebrating Animals Around the World
At Catholic Relief Services, we are blessed every day to experience the beauty of God’s creatures. In honor of St. Francis of Assisi’s feast day on October 4, we are delighted to share some of our best photography of...
September 19, 2017
Myanmar Refugees in Bangladesh
CRS and Caritas Bangladesh provide food and household items for displaced families.
August 28, 2017
Rebuilding Sri Lankan Refugees’ Lives
CRS and partners assist in camps and through the trauma of returning to a strange place once called home.
August 2, 2017
Improved Nutrition for Myanmar Families
CRS project shows that gardens can produce healthy foods even in remote mountain villages.