CRS in Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza
Lack of water, little electricity and fuel and high unemployment have only pushed residents of Gaza to the brink of a full-scale emergency. But with your gifts, you can help! Your generous support provides urgent medical care, emergency response and care for children. Your brothers and sisters in Gaza need your help at this time.
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The Middle East is a land holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims, but tragically it is also a land riven by conflict that yearns for a just peace. Catholic Relief Services' long-running work in the Holy Land is therefore guided by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' commitment to a just, sustainable, and secure peace, in accordance with the Vatican's appeal that "the two-state solution become a reality, not remain a dream."
CRS' work in the Holy Land has evolved over the course of decades, but continues to focus on accompanying local partners to strengthen the economic, civic and environmental foundations for a viable Palestinian state alongside Israel, while responding to humanitarian crises whenever they arise.
CRS supports strong leadership by the U.S. government to seek a comprehensive peace agreement that ends the conflict in the Holy Land and achieves both the Palestinian goal of an independent and viable state and Israel's goal of a secure state with recognized borders.
CRS works with families to provide repairs and upgrades in a way that considers a family’s individual needs. Ziad Bakri, a CRS project officer in Gaza, gives us a peek inside one home, and what the repairs have meant for this family.
How do you say thank you? Our colleagues in Gaza are shouting it from the rooftop!
A CRS team distributes personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline healthcare workers in Gaza.
People Served: 1,310,374
Population: 4,543,126; 1,795,183 in Gaza and 2,747,943 in West Bank
Size: 2,363 sq mi; slightly smaller than Delaware
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March 31, 2022
West Bank Hospital Becomes Prevention and Control Model
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Training Healthcare Staff to Prevent COVID-19
Infection prevention and control processes and structures have been strengthened across the West Bank health system. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the healthcare system in the West Bank has recurrently...
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Early Diagnosis Saves Lives
At-home medical screenings by teams of doctors and nurses provide immediate care for those with COVID-19 exposure risks. COVID-19 has spread to more than 220 countries, leading to over 240 million confirmed cases and...
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Support for Gaza Families
CRS cash assistance gave households options, allowing them to select what they needed most during the crisis.
CRS' History in Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza
Catholic Relief Services' work in the Holy Land stretches back to the 1940s, when CRS provided humanitarian assistance to communities displaced during World War II. CRS established an office in Jerusalem in 1961 under an agreement with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and has maintained a continuous presence throughout the intervening decades of turbulence and change.
CRS' work initially focused on the provision of food assistance, organizing vaccination campaigns, and leading other nutrition and health-focused initiatives. In the 1970s and 1980s, CRS constructed roads, classrooms, bridges and wells as part of a broad rural development initiative. CRS also implemented nutrition education, vocational training and village health worker training projects. Water projects became a major area of focus in the 1990s.
Today, the country's strategic focus is on programs addressing food security, civil society strengthening, peacebuilding, the provision of humanitarian assistance and educating U.S. citizens about the conflict in the Holy Land. CRS' work is carried out in close partnership with an extensive network of local civil society organizations and in regular consultation with the local Church.