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02 Oct 2017 description

A review of recent humanitarian interventions that support local markets in emergency contexts revealed a limited scope and breadth of this type of activity. While many agencies show good creativity and understanding of market systems in emergencies, most activities are in the form of small grants to traders, to help them recover and to facilitate access to markets for disaster-affected communities. Such support includes small and large, formal and informal traders, but does not often go beyond grants, although sometimes trainings and other “soft support” are provided.

03 Mar 2017 description

BALTIMORE, MD/NAIROBI, February 27, 2017 – Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is mounting an emergency response to assist some of the 23 million people facing hunger in South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.

A combination of violence, insecurity and weather upheavals made increasingly worse by climate change has brought on this crisis to East Africa, with some areas of South Sudan now facing a famine. In Somalia, the hunger crisis has reached a new high, with millions of people on the brink of famine.

26 Oct 2015 description

Climate change is being held largely to blame for two consecutive seasons of failed and erratic rains in 2015. Catholic Relief Services is supporting efforts to manage the crisis, but is urging preparedness as the El Niño weather disturbance could mean more lost harvests well into 2016.

31 Jul 2015 description

Children with intellectual disabilities are probably the developing world’s most underserved population. Rejected and stigmatized by societies that have a hard time understanding physical let alone intellectual disabilities, some don’t even have birth certificates and live in total obscurity. Special Olympics and Catholic Relief are shining a light on these special kids.

Sometimes you might not be able to put your finger on it. Or maybe in your particular case, it is more obvious.

05 Nov 2013 description

Into moving boxes went two of my grandmother’s delicate china teacups, family photographs, and our wedding gifts—all the little keepsakes that make a house my home. When my husband and I moved in Nairobi we debated over where we would hang the lovely blue portrait from our favorite Kenyan artist, Michael Musyoka. We walked the grounds and thought about what flowers we might plant. We organized the kitchen and decorated the walls. We unpacked the tea cups, the photographs, the gifts.

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.

04 Mar 2013 description

By Peter Kimeu

Before the 2007 Kenyan elections we joked about politics amongst colleagues and neighbors in this most famous of East African nations. After the elections we could no longer look each other in the eyes. Our beloved Kenya had fractured along tribal lines leaving more than 600,000 displaced and an additional 1,100 dead.

30 Nov 2012 description

U.S. poverty-focused international assistance makes it possible for Catholic Relief Services and our partners to directly support more than 4.8 million people affected by HIV, people like Maresa Otieno. Back in 2001, Maresa was sick, so sick that she had to cut back her hours working as a housekeeper at St. Camillus Mission Hospital in Nyanza, Kenya. Doctors diagnosed her with HIV but could offer no hope. At the time, lifesaving antiretroviral therapy (ART) was very rare and very expensive in Kenya, and her part-time salary would not cover even one month of medication.

25 Jul 2012 description

More than 9 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in the Horn of Africa where late and erratic rains have brought only partial relief to a region that was gripped by drought and famine a year ago.

“We’ve seen some improvement in the region because of humanitarian efforts but unless we continue with our response, any gains made since last year’s emergency could be wiped out because of continued drought and increasing food prices,” says David Orth-Moore, CRS’ regional director for East Africa. “Millions still need our assistance.”

12 Jul 2012 description

Tens of thousands of lives at risk with money for vital services set to run out in two to three months

07 Jun 2012 description

Nearly one year after the Horn of Africa found itself in a food crisis because of a severe drought, and famine was declared in Somalia, David Orth-Moore, CRS’ regional director for East Africa, talked to us about the causes of the emergency and what CRS has been doing to help those affected in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.

Listen to the podcast here.

What happened in the late summer of 2011 when much of Eastern Africa was affected by a severe drought?

28 May 2012 description

By Kim Pozniak

Joshua Sebwato is a farmer living in Nakasongola District in Central Uganda. He was one of the first people to benefit from CRS’ Great Lakes Cassava Initiative, a program that has helped more than 1.35 million farmers in six countries – Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda – mitigate two devastating cassava diseases.

10 May 2012 description

Posted on May 7, 2012 by John Rivera

BALTIMORE, MD, May 7, 2012 — Catholic Relief Services (CRS) will mark the achievements of a 4.5-year, $23.8 million project to fight diseases that could have devastated the critical cassava crop in east and central Africa with an event on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 in Washington, DC.

06 Jan 2012 description

Somalia is the hardest hit of the East African countries stricken by drought. The United Nations estimates that more than 3 million people are suffering from inadequate nutrition. And nearly 250,000 Somalis are at risk of starvation if immediate lifesaving interventions do not reach them.

A critical shortage of food in their communities has forced many Somalis to migrate to Ethiopia, Kenya, and to urban areas in Somalia. An estimated 1.5 million Somalis have been displaced in their own country, and an additional 320,000 have fled Somalia during the last year.

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.

25 Oct 2011 description

CRS Spearheads a USAID-Sponsored Learning Initiative to Fight Hunger with Keyhole Garden Technology

Nairobi, Kenya, October 24, 2011 – Catholic Relief Services (CRS) will host a four day workshop “Home-Grown” Keyhole Gardens for Disaster Risk Reduction Learning Initiative in Lesotho from October 25-28, which aims to spread the knowledge of this simple program that can have significant impact on food insecurity and malnutrition.

20 Sep 2011 description

Contact: Kim Pozniak Catholic Relief Services (410) 951-7281 kim.pozniak@crs.org

Baltimore, MD, September 19, 2011 — CRS is rapidly scaling up its response in the Horn of Africa, committing to a five-year strategy that will directly address the short, medium, and long-term needs of hundreds of thousands of people living in drought-affected areas of Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia.

15 Sep 2011 description

Mixed with the braying of livestock and the welcome laughter of children, a new sound swirls above the village of Nakupurat in Kenya these days. It is the steady creaking of a windmill. For villager Ekiru Ewoi and the 2,000 residents here, it is a sound that reminds them daily that the hard days of thirst have passed.

"When the windmill was broken, we were going to the river," Ekiru says. "That took the whole day, from morning to evening, to get water."

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.

11 Aug 2011 description

Even though I’m CRS’ food security policy advisor, I have never been to a refugee camp or seen a food emergency. Today was my first time.