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22 Oct 2013 description

BALTIMORE, MD, October 22, 2013 – Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is joining a program that connects farmers in the United States with their counterparts around the world for training and technical assistance. The CRS project will focus on East Africa.

“The program will use the expertise of U.S. Catholics and non-Catholics to help the impoverished communities we serve in this part of Africa,” said Bruce White, director for the program.

05 Jan 2012 description

Catholic News Service reports once again from the frontlines of the East Africa food crisis, this time focusing on the drought’s impact on women.

NAIROBI, Kenya (CNS) — The year 2011 was not good for women such as Joan Ochieng. Just about everything was a struggle.

“We were not treated fairly,” the Nairobi resident and single mother said of life in 2011, noting the many pressures, including spiraling food prices that caused her and her family of four children and one grandchild to often go to bed hungry.

22 Aug 2011 description

As the food crisis across the Horn of Africa is intensifying, Catholic Relief Services will help thousands of Somali refugees in northeast Kenya by providing critical services in the soon-to-be opened Kambioos extension to the Dadaab refugee camp.

CRS is making a five-year commitment to work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to provide 25,000 people with water and sanitation infrastructure in Kambioos, while also aiding the surrounding communities affected by the influx of refugees.

21 Jul 2011 description

By Michael Hill

A CRS team is on the ground in the eastern Kenyan town of Dadaab, home to a sprawling refugee camp that sees some 1,300 people arrive each day from drought-stricken Somalia, only one of the countries in East Africa where hunger and the threat of malnutrition are the daily reality for 11 million people.

14 Feb 2006 description

Recent years of drought are creating a life-threatening situation for people in Kenya. Catholic Relief Services' programs can go a long way toward easing the suffering of Kenyans who rely on the all-too-precious rainfall for the basic necessities of life. Over 3.5 million people in Kenya are in need of food aid because of the current drought -- a jump of at least 1 million since December 2005.