CRS in Pakistan
CRS operated in Pakistan between 1954 and 2018, mainly focusing in disaster response and preparedness, education, water/sanitation, and livelihoods assistance for vulnerable communities. During that time period CRS worked across the country through local partners and supported the efforts of the Pakistani Government to improve the lives of Pakistani communities. In 2018 CRS along with many other INGOs had their registration revoked by the Pakistani government. CRS is currently in the process of re-applying for its registration and is hopeful that it will be able to re-establish its operations and programs in Pakistan in the near future so that it may continue to serve the most vulnerable.
Country News and Stories
December 15, 2015
As Temperatures Dip, CRS Provides Shelter for Pakistan’s Earthquake Survivors
CRS is working with partners to provide shelter and cash grants to help families cope with winter.
October 19, 2015
Experience, Expertise and Emergency Response: Help and Hope for People in Crisis
Catholic Relief Services is currently responding to emergencies in more than 18 countries on four continents. Our most recent responses are to Typhoon Koppu in the Philippines , to Hurricane Patricia in Mexico and to...
July 30, 2015
Faces of Hope in A Time of Drought
Since 2013, a severe drought has affected the lives of more than 80 percent of the 1.5 million people who live in the Tharparkar District of Sindh Province in Southeastern Pakistan. Most of them rely on their livestock...
CRS' History in Pakistan
CRS began operating in Pakistan in 1954 and during that time CRS assisted in disaster response and preparedness, education, water/sanitation, and livelihoods help for vulnerable communities. Catholic Relief Services has consistently responded to large-scale disasters in Pakistan.
CRS has supported more than 1 million people across the country in relief, response and recovery, building more than 60,000 transitional shelters, distributing more than 80,000 household kits, assisting 129,000 households to restore their agricultural livelihoods with seeds, livestock, and training, and providing 350,000 people with access to clean water and sanitation.
Given Pakistan's vulnerability to natural and man-made disasters, CRS has also improved the resilience and preparedness of communities through disaster risk reduction. In southern Sindh, CRS helped people prepare for droughts that periodically affect the region.
Meanwhile, the design and development of the water projects in Pakistan depended on the need of the geographic area and population to be served. All water projects were developed with an emphasis on disaster risk reduction and "Do No Harm" principles.
Catholic Relief Services has carried out education programming in 3 of the 4 provinces of the country. Literacy rates dip below 30% in many communities, and enrollment and attendance rates are also low. CRS improved access to quality education for both girls and boys by engaging teachers, parents, religious leaders and community leaders to improve the quality of education.
Since 2005, CRS has built 114 school structures, trained and mentored nearly 800 teachers, and conducted hygiene training for 6,688 students in rural communities in northern Pakistan. Through these efforts and the engagement of community leaders, CRS has increased enrollment by an average of 40% and improved attendance by 39% in those communities.
Near the western Afghanistan border, CRS provided a basic literacy program for both Afghan refugee children and children from the Pakistani host community. As a result of the program, 64% of students continued their education after the year's end. Local Pakistani schools also benefited from training for improved teaching and increased enrollment by 17%.