Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza

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.

Your Gifts Can Make a Difference in Gaza

Meet Bassam Nasser and hear his mission and passion for his country and the people in Gaza. With funding cuts, Bassam is even more determined to help. You–with Bassam can make a difference as well. Watch this video and see how.

 

 

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.

 


Home Repairs

 

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.

 

 


Gratitude

 

How do you say thank you? Our colleagues in Gaza are shouting it from the rooftop!

 

 

 

 


Frontline healthcare

unloading supplied from a truck in Gaza

 

A CRS team distributes personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline healthcare workers in Gaza.

 

 

 


 

CRS Emergency Factsheet Gaza Crisis May 2021 USAID CRS Success Story Al Watani Hospital

USAID CRS Success Story Beit Jala Hospital

 

CRS Success Story - Mohammed CRS Success Story - Jaber
CRS Gaza success story about Mohammed
CRS Gaza success story about Jaber

 

Dignified Shelter: Improved Accessibility Dignified Shelter: Better Health and Safety
Gaza dignified shelter improves family accessibility
Gaza dignified shelter improves family health and safety

 

 

 

Stats

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

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.