Families who received shelter and food point to schooling as their children’s path to a better future.
Around the world, young people are standing in solidarity for what they believe in—justice, peace, unity, safety and opportunity. Pope Francis invites us to recognize the joyful power of young people and to support our youth to become the force for positive change in our world.
We’ve been involved in school feeding programs since 1958. We not only know that kids show up more regularly when they get a meal, but also that well-fed students are better students.
Follow along for a day with Zeineba Wado Markato, an Ethiopian 7th grader. Catholic Relief Services is working with the Church and local partners to provide girls like Zeineba opportunities to break through barriers and reach their full potential.
CRS and our Catholic partners lead the way with preschool education that benefits children and gives working parents peace of mind.
In southwest Tanzania, there are several villages in the mountains with no WiFi or electricity, multiple transportation challenges and a scarcity of water. But these villages are also home to farmers who are successfully producing food for their families on neighborhood plots of land.
Over the last decade, Zimbabwe has experienced a number of economic, environmental and political stresses. Poverty, food insecurity, malnutrition and environmental degradation are serious concerns in Zimbabwe, and will continue to be challenges because of the effects of climate change.
In a remote village in Afghanistan’s Ghor Province, Catholic Relief Services started a classroom for second-graders. Most of the villagers are illiterate, but they know education is the key to their future.
Ashaa’s frail frame and weary gaze suggest someone who is accustomed to hardship. She lives in a small apartment in the town of Zarqa in Jordan, with her husband, who is sick, and five children. The family fled their native Syria, and now relies mostly on aid to survive.
But something changes in Ashaa’s demeanor when she starts talking about the educational support her family receives through Caritas Jordan with Catholic Relief Services and other partners. She comes to life.