When you walk into the Shabo home in Bashiqa, a town in the Nineveh Plains of Iraq, you will see fresh paint on the walls, new fixtures in the bathroom and recent electrical work throughout the house. Along with the repairs, there’s also a smoke-damaged air conditioner and exposed wood in the ceiling that still needs plastering—signs of what happened when ISIS fighters occupied their town for 3 years.
The Shelter Upgrade project with Catholic Relief Services supports vulnerable families living in substandard housing and makes permanent upgrades to improve their living conditions.
Community involvement creates more effective, sustainable plans in the face of natural disasters.
Le Thi Phuoc can recall the sheer terror of losing her roof when a fierce storm lashed her small village in central Vietnam.
Following a brutal storm, CRS helped 20,000 families with new shelters along with improved water and sanitation infrastructure.
CRS emergency shelter response helps residents build resilience as storms like Typhoon Damrey become more frequent, severe.
Immediate emergency aid gives way to the long process of rebuilding and recovery.
In the Philippines, early November means Christmas festivities are about to kick into high gear. For the Bretenia family, early November 2013 brought something life-shattering instead. Super Typhoon Haiyan barreled through their community in Palo, destroying homes, jobs and families.
The Bretenias were fortunate to escape with their lives. But their focus rapidly shifted from gratitude to recovery.
“Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”
You’ve helped CRS provide lifesaving support to 85 million people. We did it together in Jesus’ name. These CRS projects depend on the gifts of generous people like you:
Home. It’s the place where many of us feel safest. It’s where we sleep, eat and live.
Homeland. It’s where we’re from. For many of us, it’s who we are.