Catholic Relief Services and the National Council of Catholic Women
As a result of our ongoing partnership, NCCW and CRS work together as messengers communicating the needs of our family around the world. NCCW members support the Church's global social mission and the work of CRS through their prayers, donations and legislative advocacy. They also educate dioceses, parishes and individual Catholic women about global social justice issues.
The National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) is a member-based organization whose activities are centered on the principle that all people, regardless of nationality or background, are entitled to be treated with respect and to have access to the key elements of a just and humane life—sufficient food, clean water, shelter, the opportunity to earn a living, education and health care.
Works of Peace and Reconciliation
The Madonna Plan supports CRS maternity without risk programming to reduce maternal mortality by increasing community capacity to prevent delivery complications and increase access to quality maternal health services among pregnant women. Community members are also trained to be community health agents and traditional birth assistants, and to provide care and support for pregnant women.
Water for Life
Access to safe water can improve food security, sanitation and the overall health of millions around the world. In Ethiopia, Kenya and other countries, NCCW has supported water management programs that helped to naturally replenish exhausted water supplies.
Women and girls are usually responsible for the collection of water and are at risk to violence at times when traveling long distances to access water for their families. The Water for Life fund supports the construction of water systems within their communities, which reduces travel time and the risk of violence.
Refugee Women Emergency Fund
Civil war has torn apart Syria and the crisis continues, throughout Europe, the Middle East, and parts of Africa causing deaths and leaving millions displaced. Catholic Relief Services and our Church partners across these regions are assisting refugees with shelter assistance, education, food, medical care, hygiene supplies and trauma counseling for children, which the Refugee Women Emergency Fund helps to supports.
Help-A-Child assists children through family and community-based programs with an emphasis on providing food and medicine, schools and training for teachers, healthcare and immunization, youth centers for teens, and help for disabled and vulnerable children.
Through CRS, NCCW addresses the issues of trafficking and forced labor by supporting victims to survivors’ projects with our Church partners around the world to offer a continuum of care to child survivors of trafficking and psychological rehabilitation at centers. These projects ensure that all children, especially adolescent girls, receive primary education, while also addressing the needs of students who have dropped out of school and those who have never attended school.