Emergency Response

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Sierra Leone Landslides

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Hundreds were killed and property was destroyed when a major landslide in Sierra Leone covered homes in Freetown. More than 600 people are still missing, and the death toll is expected to rise. Catholic Relief Services, along with our partner Caritas, will provide food assistance to surviving families.


Africa Hunger Crisis

Help Somalia and Kenya survive widespread hunger

A drought in Africa has left millions in Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda facing chronic hunger. Hundreds of thousands of children are acutely malnourished and need urgent nutritional support.

Catholic Relief Services is responding with emergency food aid, water and vocational training for the most vulnerable people, including those who have been displaced from their homes.




Middle East Migrant Crisis

Photo by Andrew McConnell for CRC
Photo by Andrew McConnell for CRC

The war in Syria is now in its seventh year. In Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt, and other countries almost 5 million Syrian refugees—mostly women and children—are struggling to get by. Host countries' economies, social services, and basic infrastructure are strained to the breaking point. In addition to providing basic services, CRS focuses on education, care, and trauma counseling for Syrian children, many of whom have been out of school for most of their childhoods.



Venezuela Crisis

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Photo by Sean Sprague for CRS
The humanitarian crisis in Venezuela is worsening, as rising violence and inflation have left families without food, medical care or basic services from the government. Catholic Relief Services and our partners are distributing hygiene kits with water filters, and food kits to children and pregnant women. Your gift provides hygiene kits, food and trauma support to the most vulnerable in Venezuela


Responding to Emergencies

Photo by Kent Truog for CRS
Photo by Kent Truog for CRS

Disaster survivors can’t wait for fundraising campaigns. Thanks to your donations, CRS is able to respond immediately to emergencies—many never reported by the media. Your donations fund CRS disaster relief efforts around the world as soon as they’re needed. Your support helps us tap emergency reserve funds. And CRS will support our most vulnerable brothers and sisters overseas with food, shelter, clean water and medical care long after the emergency fades from the spotlight.