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The story of the Epiphany always seemed to have a little magic in it. There is a newborn baby, three kings, fancy gifts and, of course, the shining star that all could see. It was the moment when Jesus' divine nature was made known to the world. His world stage just happened to be a stable. In...More
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
Savings and lending groups not only help people save money, they can save lives. A modest loan helped James Malueth survive a surprise attack that reduced his home to rubble on December 16, 2013. James, like many of his fellow Jonglei State residents in South Sudan, was caught in the crossfire...More
Catholic Relief Services is continuing our ramped-up response to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa by capitalizing on our long history in the region, and our broad community and Church networks.
The Ebola outbreak, which began last March, has killed more than 6,000 people. The...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
Millions of Filipinos awoke Sunday to the news that the death toll and damage caused by Typhoon Hagupit, known locally as Ruby, was not as catastrophic as first expected. But the slow-moving system, which made landfall late Saturday on the island of Samar, is expected to bring more rain and...More