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Iraq: Beyond Violence & War, Hope & Resilience Prevail
Life in Iraq wasn't easy after years of conflict and war. But when ISIS advanced last year, taking control of large swaths of the country, millions of people were uprooted from their homes and lives. Formerly middle-class families now struggle to survive in the most basic conditions—without...More
Trash to Treasured: Creating Toys to Grow Healthy Kids
Toys help children learn about the world around them. Almost anything can become a toy: a box, a piece of ribbon, a plastic bottle, a piece of paper. In Africa, CRS is helping parents make something educational out of ordinary household materials. The new Toy Story is one of creativity...More
Surviving Ebola: Facing Discrimination and Fear
It has been months since Richard Lamah had Ebola, but the disease still haunts him. Stigma and fear make it difficult for him to find employment, like so many in West Africa.
Catholic Relief Services and our local Caritas partner OCPH-Nzérékoré—known in French as L'Organisation Pour La...More
Surviving Ebola: One Woman's Story
"When I was infected, I was a dead woman walking, but now I am alive," says Lucette Valerie Korouma.
The 28-year-old mother from Guinea survived Ebola but lost her daughter and home before she met Catholic Relief Services and our local Caritas partner, which provided help she desperately...More
Ukraine's Unseen Crisis: Mass Civilian Displacement
1,325,200: the number of internally displaced people in Ukraine. This is not a story about numbers, though, or even conflict. It's a story about people. And about people who need your help.More
Moms Matter: Improving Maternal Health in Kenya
In Nyanza near Lake Victoria in western Kenya, fishing is a way of life. The men leave early in the morning to earn money for their families. The women are left at home with multiple household responsibilities and with very little support.
It's a social structure that can be isolating...More
Moms, You Are Not Alone
The baby is screaming. The 3-year-old is pretending to be an airplane coming in for a landing off your couch. Dinner is extra crispy—again. It's been a long day, and you're counting the seconds until you can crawl into bed and pull the covers over your head.
If it makes you feel any...More
Gaza Post-Conflict Response Continues
Intense fighting in July and August 2014 between Israel and militant groups in Gaza left thousands dead and widespread damage in the Gaza Strip. Besides thousands of casualties, primarily among civilians, the conflict destroyed homes, factories, schools, farmland, water networks, roads and...More
Education as a Survival Strategy
Felix Odhiambo took his books everywhere. He read them as he walked to bathe. He thumbed through them as his friends played on the banks of the river. He pored over them until the last rays of light vanished. Studying was Felix's survival strategy. He was only 13 when complications from AIDS...More
HIV Treatment Offers More Than Medicine
Mary Atieno Onyango often takes a slight detour on her way home. She walks along the rock quarry and past several cornfields in search of Fleria Chuka's familiar stooped figure crying on her front step.