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Promisi—pronounced "Promise"—grips a large red plastic building block as her classmates sing with gusto. "The vowels are A-E-I-0-UUUUU," they chant, forming a circle around Promisi, who is sitting in the only chair in the room. She peers at them from the corner of her left eye, looking at them...More
There is rarely a dull moment at Intisar Atallah's house, nestled in the sun-soaked hills of Halhoul in the West Bank. Especially on a day like today, when the 57-year-old mother of seven is entertaining a few of her grandchildren. There's not much to occupy the younger ones inside her small...More
Like all concerned mothers, Victorine Minoarison and Helene Baotlata sacrifice for their families. They skimp on their own meals so their children can eat more. They work hard in their fields in rural Madagascar to harvest enough rice to sell and eat throughout the year.
The staccato cries of young children pierce the hot, humid air as babies and toddlers are weighed at a monthly health session in rural Mahatsara village in Madagascar. In a hut fashioned from local palm trees and corrugated tin, a scale hangs from a large hook balanced on a beam. Its black...More
As the fierce violence in Syria continues to force families to flee the country, another crisis is looming: winter. Temperatures are plummeting, making living conditions even more precarious. The United Nations estimates that more than 500,000 Syrians have flooded across borders into Lebanon,...More
There is a song Mary Kamangeni hums as she places bundles of dried stalks on the land where she's planted corn. "My life is like the water in the stream." she sings softly in Chichewa, the language of Malawi. "It flows in one direction."
"Something exciting's happening at CRS," says Sandra Basgall, who turned 70 a few weeks ago.
Sandra's a Catholic Relief Services staff member who lives in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. To understand her excitement is to grasp the deep commitment she shares with CRS about...More