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When every moment mattered, the survivors of Haiti's 7.0-magnitude earthquake did not have to wait for help. Catholic Relief Services was there within hours. Our work didn't start the day of or the day after the earthquake. We've been a trusted partner of the Haitian people since 1954.
When fighting erupted in mid-December, Ayen Garang, a single mother of four, fled her village in Jonglei State, South Sudan, not far from one of the army barracks. Like the majority of the displaced, Ayen and her family fled with only the clothes on their backs and one or two items. In her case...More
On January 12, 2010, a massive earthquake brought destruction to Haiti. The challenges to rebuilding the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere have been great. But the reconstruction has been a catalyst for change.
Reconstruction has brought better schools and more prepared teachers...More
Renee Lambert is Catholic Relief Services' head of office in Tacloban, Philippines. This is her eyewitness account of preparations for Typhoon Hagupit (known locally as Typhoon Ruby).
At the moment, we have typhoon preparations happening on different fronts. Some of our staff...More
CRS emergency relief activities are underway after Typhoon Hagupit struck the Philippines on Saturday, December 6. While the scale of damage across the country remains to be seen at this early stage, as many as 25 people have died, and fears loom of potential floods and landslides following the...More
When Typhoon Haiyan wiped out millions of homes last year, CRS decided against a cookie-cutter, single-design approach to building transitional shelter for those who lost their homes. Because of the many variables—urban and rural settings, varying levels of damage to homes, unclear land...More
Over and over Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Jordan and Lebanon express the same concern. Even more than their desire for a roof over their heads or a permanent home, they profoundly wish that their children—many of whom have been severely traumatized—can return to school....More