CRS in Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza
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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.
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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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July 2, 2021
Support for Gaza Families
CRS cash assistance gave households options, allowing them to select what they needed most during the crisis.
February 25, 2021
CRS Capacity Overview Disability Inclusion
People with disabilities account for 15 percent of the world’s population — over a billion people. Many face social, economic and cultural barriers that limit their access to full and effective participation in society.
January 24, 2020
Improved Accessibility for People with Disabilities in Gaza
Like the more than 24,000 families in Gaza who are living in severely deteriorated shelters, the family were living in a house made of metal sheeting and sleeping in one room without locks. They had to use an outdoor...
January 24, 2020
Enhanced Safety and Privacy for Women and Girls in Gaza
“I felt embarrassed about people visiting my house. Now, our home is safer and more private [and] we receive guests without shame.” –Samr Al-Bashiti Secure windows and proper fittings and fixtures mean the Al-Bashiti...
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.