Rohingya Refugee Crisis
More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh to escape violent conflict. Many are staying in informal settlements because refugee camps are at full capacity. Catholic Relief Services, working with Caritas Bangladesh, has initiated an immediate relief response, including access to food and critical living supplies, for up to 10,000 refugee families.
Hurricane Irma and Maria Response
CRS is responding to Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm that hit many of the same Caribbean islands already devastated by Hurricane Irma. CRS continues responding to all those affected by the hurricanes. Your gift will help provide shelter, water and critical supplies, including tarps, tents, and hygiene and kitchen kits to families affected by these disasters.
Catholic Charities is responding in Texas, Florida, and affected U.S. territories including Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.
Mexico Earthquake Response
Catholic Relief Services and our partners are responding to two recent earthquakes in Mexico. The first struck September 7 and the second less than 2 weeks later, destroying buildings and homes and killing more than 300 people. We continue to assess needs and help with recovery, rebuilding and support for the survivors of these two deadly disasters.
Middle East Migrant Crisis
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. 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.
Africa Hunger Crisis
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.
Responding to Emergencies
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.