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28 Nov 2017 description

Kim Pozniak

Dhaka, Bangladesh, Nov. 28, 2017 – As Pope Francis continues his visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh this week, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) welcomes the Holy Father using his platform to shine a spotlight on one of the biggest humanitarian crises today and to draw attention to the magnitude of humanitarian need and urgency.

For many families in Myanmar's Rakhine state and for those who have fled to Bangladesh, options for the future remain uncertain, with their most basic human needs pressing.

03 Jul 2017 description


The year 2015 marked the 10th anniversary of the Global Shelter Cluster, the inter-agency coordination mechanism for shelter response. During these ten years, coordination has improved in consistency, shelter responses have grown in scale, and there are more people with experience in shelter programming, but people continue to lose their dwellings and be displaced due to conflict and natural disasters. Global humanitarian shelter needs continue to greatly exceed the capacity and resources to respond.

27 Jun 2008 description

Dear Friends,

After 45 days of hectic work, the Church and its group of committed volunteers take a pause from the long journey of rebuilding our people's lives to express our deep gratitude to all of you who stood by us and the people of Myanmar in their hour of darkness.

Thousands are returning home, or where their home used to be. Children return to school, knowing some of their friends will not be here. Farmers are returning to a slowly healing land, wounded by the marauding sea on that fateful day.

29 May 2008 description

The head of the Catholic Church in Myanmar says aid is getting through to people in some of the areas most affected by Cyclone Nargis. Across the Ayeyarwady Delta region, survival remains a daily struggle for millions who are living in horrific conditions with no clean water, food, shelter or medical attention within reach.

"Many of these people would now be dead if it had not been for the work of the Church and the solidarity of Caritas and its supporters who have given so generously.

24 May 2008 description

Despite the many challenges for humanitarian assistance and access in Myanmar, emergency relief efforts are scaling up to reach tens of thousands of people.

CRS is supporting the Myanmar cyclone emergency response of the Caritas Internationalis network, which will reach an estimated 60,000 people in some of the hardest-hit divisions of Ayeyarwady and Yangon with food, temporary shelter, health care and other aid items.The local Church is at the frontlines of increasingly desperate conditions: in Pathein diocese, many churches are becoming like refugee camps.

13 May 2008 description

Caritas Internationalis emergency response efforts are underway in Myanmar's Ayeyarwady division and Yangon districts, two of the areas hardest hit by Cyclone Nargis, for an estimated 40,000 people who will receive vital relief, including food, shelter, water, medical care and psychological support.

06 May 2008 description

Baltimore, MD, May 6, 2008 - Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is supporting the emergency relief and  response efforts of the Caritas Internationalis network in the most affected areas of Myanmar after Cyclone Nargis brought a deadly tidal surge across the low-lying coastal areas of the country on Saturday. The latest reports of 22,000 dead, 41,000 missing and 100,000 homeless demonstrate dire conditions in which basic food, shelter and water are urgently needed.

05 May 2008 description

The Caritas network of Catholic aid agencies is concerned about the humanitarian situation in Myanmar (Burma) caused by Cyclone Nagris.

The storm hit the Irrawaddy Delta region on Saturday morning 3 May.