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19 Feb 2003 description

With school attendance rates dropping, HIV/AIDS spreading and favorable weather conditions continuing to elude many areas, people are asking: How can we help the people of Africa? What can we do to turn the tide and avert a full-blown famine?

28 Jan 2003 description

January 28, 2003, Baltimore - Catholic Relief Services' (CRS) Executive Director, Ken Hackett, today announced the appointment of Annemarie Reilly to the position of Regional Director for Southern Africa. Ms. Reilly, who will assume her new post in Harare, Zimbabwe, on February 15, 2003, will oversee the agency's programs in Angola, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

22 Jan 2003 description

Coalition receives $114 million USAID grant to assist people in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe

13 Jan 2003 description

January 13, 2003, Baltimore, MD - In a letter to U.S. Bishops, the President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Bishop Wilton Gregory, joined Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Chairman and President Bishop Robert Lynch today in calling for prayers and support for the 34 million people throughout Africa affected by a severe food shortage. Absent a massive and immediate response, the crisis could be the worst in Africa since the famine in the mid-1980s.

08 Jan 2003 description

Hunger. Aids. Poverty. Right now many people living in southern Africa are battling all three at once. The massive food shortage affecting countries in the region is the result of a convergence of factors, some natural, like drought and floods, and some man-made. The HIV/AIDS pandemic is further complicating an already difficult situation for millions of men, women and children -- many of who are being orphaned by the disease and the hunger that is spreading across the region.

11 Dec 2002 description

Hunger. Aids. Poverty. Right now many people living in southern Africa are battling all three at once. The massive food shortage affecting countries in the region is the result of a convergence of factors, some natural, like drought and floods, and some man-made. The HIV/AIDS pandemic is further complicating an already difficult situation for millions of men, women and children -- many of who are being orphaned by the disease and the hunger that is spreading across the region.

07 Nov 2002 description

"Babies will be the main targets in the supplemental feeding programs that are scheduled to start in Malawi in early November. Other beneficiaries include kids under five, and pregnant and lactating women. CRS will work through health care structures that are already established in the country. Food rations will include corn soy blend, soya, beans, groundnuts, milk, oil, and maize flower.

21 Oct 2002 description

October 21, 2002, Cape Town, South Africa - Catholic Relief Services (CRS) announced today the arrival of a delegation of Church representatives in southern Africa for a weeklong journey aiming to increase solidarity and promote awareness of the challenges and opportunities southern Africans face daily. The delegation will visit South Africa, Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe, where a severe HIV/AIDS and food shortage crisis threatens millions of people.

18 Oct 2002 description

October 18, 2002, Baltimore, MD - Catholic Relief Services (CRS) announces new materials for Food Fast, the agency's annual hunger awareness program for youth. The program this year features a video, "Positively Speaking," which focuses on HIV/AIDS and the impact it is having on hunger and poverty in communities in sub-Saharan Africa. Southern Africa is currently in the grip of a drought and food shortage that threatens more than 15 million with starvation.

07 Oct 2002 description

"Children are dropping out of school to find work for food. Those that stay in school are not productive; the teachers say they can't concentrate because of lack of nutrition. Because of this, the food crisis is likely to have long-term effects on the society. If the children are not learning now, what will their future hold?" says Eric Dsedekani, a Catholic Relief Services Project Officer in Malawi.

16 Sep 2002 description

As the fall approaches, concerns about the impending food crisis in Southern Africa grow. The numbers, familiar by now to many, are nonetheless staggering: 1.2 million metric tons of food needed, 13 million people in danger of starvation. "We are seeing signs in the villages of quiet desperation," said Debra Lynne Edwards, CRS Country Representative in Malawi. "As people deplete what little they had in the way of food reserves, they resort to eating immature maize or the grass that grows in their barren fields.

05 Aug 2002 description

As the fall approaches, concerns about the impending food crisis in Southern Africa grow. The numbers, familiar by now to many, are nonetheless staggering: 1.2 million metric tons of food needed, 13 million people in danger of starvation. "We expect to see much larger numbers of people needing food aid beginning in September and October, so there is no time to waste in terms of getting food stocks out there, especially before the rains begin and roads become impassable," said Krista Riddley, CRS' Southern Africa Regional Representative.

02 May 2001 description

Floods in southern Africa have caused incredible amounts of damage. Houses, schools, roads, bridges, livestock and crops were all destroyed and peoples' lives were turned inside out when floods struck in 2000 and then again in 2001. Catholic Relief Services provided immediate emergency relief in 2000 and again in 2001, and is now shifting into longer-term rehabilitation projects to help the people of the region recover.

24 Oct 2000 description

Terrible floods this past Spring killed 650 people and affected more than two million individuals in Southern Africa, including Madagascar. Communities were devastated by the loss of homes, livestock and crops, school buildings, health clinics and roads.

03 May 2000 description

Southern Africa's flood zone is continually threatened by forecasts of additional rain to the region where more than two million people have been affected.

24 Mar 2000 description

Catholic Relief Services has committed $450,000 in response to the emergency and the agency is working with local church partners throughout Southern Africa.

11 Mar 2000 description

Catholic Relief Services has made an initial commitment of $200,000 in response to the emergency and the agency is working with local church partners in Zimbabwe and South Africa as well as three dioceses in Mozambique.

10 Mar 2000 description

Baltimore, March 10, 2000 - Catholic Relief Services is committing an initial $200,000 to relief efforts in southern Africa in response to the devastating floods that tore through the region in recent weeks. In Mozambique, which received the brunt of the damage, the floods have affected close to 1 million people, with hundreds of thousands still stranded and nearly 500,000 people requiring clean drinking water, food, medical supplies and temporary shelter.

06 Mar 2000 description

Emergency Relief Assistance

01 Mar 2000 description

Baltimore, March 1, 2000 - Catholic Relief Services is taking immediate action to address the recent flooding in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Flooding began in the region in early February with heavy rainfall across Southern Africa and was then exacerbated by Tropical Cyclone Eline, which hit February 22. The floods have killed hundreds of people and the death toll is expected to rise into the thousands as people begin dying of flood-borne diseases.