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30 May 2015 description

CRS and local Caritas partners are working to help desperate refugees

Baltimore/Nairobi, May 28, 2015 – Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Caritas are helping some of the nearly 90,000 refugees from Burundi, the majority women and children, who have spilled over the borders into neighboring Tanzania, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo since violence erupted in their country in late April.

06 Nov 2013 description

By Jim Stipe

BALTIMORE, MD, November 6, 2013 – Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and The MasterCard Foundation have announced a new partnership that will expand financial services to 500,000 people in Zambia, Senegal, Burkina Faso and Uganda, thereby benefiting over 2.5 million people overall. The Expanding Financial Inclusion in Africa (EFI) project will provide poor families in remote rural areas with access to basic savings and credit services, putting them on a path to financial security and independence.

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.

27 Aug 2013 description

Across Africa, an innovative program helps couples avoid the risk of HIV.

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Maternal Life International/Uganda collaboratively created the Faithful House program as a couples-based approach to HIV prevention. Faithful House helps couples talk about attitudes and behaviors that contribute to sexual risk behavior. Currently, the curriculum is used in 11 countries.

12 Jun 2013 description

By Jim Stipe

Catholic Relief Services is joining 18 other international scientific and development organizations in committing to fight the spread of Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) and Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD), both major threats to one of Africa’s staple crops.

Cassava is an inexpensive and essential part of the daily diet of many Africans. The effects of these plant diseases are potentially catastrophic, threatenting the food security of 135 million people in East Africa alone, and upward of 300 million cassava consumers across the continent.

26 Nov 2012 description

From The Tidings Online, Southern California’s Catholic Weekly, comes a story about Sister Pauline, who works in Catholic Relief Services’ office in Gulu, Uganda. CRS Uganda has been working for many years with war-affected communities in the north. Sister Pauline has driven our conflict resolution and peacebuilding efforts, and has worked with partners to reintegrate children abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army back into their home communities. Here is her story, from The Tidings Online.

By Rober Dellinger

05 Oct 2012 description

Baltimore, MD, Oct. 5, 2012 — Catholic Relief Services is launching a program that will help communities in the Central African Republic reduce their vulnerability to violence from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), the renegade band led by Joseph Kony that has been victimizing the region for more than two decades.

24 Jul 2012 description

By Monsignor Bob Vitillo

“When I discovered I was HIV-positive, I was shocked and asked, ‘Why has God allowed this virus to maim and kill people? Does He still love me? How?’”

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.

13 Mar 2012 description

Many in the United States are learning about Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army through an internet video that has attracted tens of millions of views. Catholic Relief Services has been working for years to help the victims of Kony and the LRA.

13 Jun 2011 description

BALTIMORE, MD, June 13, 2011 – The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) are joining the call for a United States Special Envoy to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the entire Great Lakes Region of Central Africa. In a joint letter to Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, Bishop Howard J.

15 Oct 2009 description

In a cruel irony, millions of East Africans who have been struggling to grow enough food in a drought are now at risk of seeing their fields flooded by coming El Niño rains. Catholic Relief Services, which has been working to help those affected by the drought, is now gearing up for potential floods.

The numbers are staggering. Nearly 30 million people across the greater Horn of Africa are currently unable to grow or afford sufficient food for their daily needs, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development.

06 Feb 2009 description

When I met Terrence Obwoya in Gulu, he shared with me how much he appreciates the help he has received from Catholic Relief Services. Five years ago, he moved into a camp for displaced people after being driven from his home by fighting in northern Uganda.Peace talks over the last two years have led to significantly improved security, allowing him to return to his original village of Awat-Lela near Gulu early last year. But restarting a life from scratch is difficult.

To help families return to their fields and earn a living, CRS supports a number of activities.

06 Oct 2008 description

$8 Million Grant From the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Fund 14,000 New Community-Managed Savings Groups

NAIROBI, Kenya, October 6, 2008 - An $8 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is enabling Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and local partners to help rural families in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda increase their savings and gain access to small loans.

30 Apr 2008 description

April 30, 2008, Nairobi, Kenya - A $21.8 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is enabling Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and its partners to help small farmers in central and east Africa protect cassava - a critical source of food and income - from two spreading pandemics that are decimating as much as 70 percent of crop yields.

The four-year Great Lakes Cassava Initiative will help reduce the prevalence of cassava mosaic disease and cassava brown streak disease in six countries: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

08 Jan 2008 description

By David Snyder

LUKODI, Uganda - Lukodi, a camp for people displaced by violence, sits on an open plain outside of the town of Gulu in northern Uganda.

30 Oct 2007 description

By David Snyder

KOCH GOMA, Uganda - You don't need to be a farmer to see that the lush hillsides of northern Uganda are fertile land, where dark soil gives rise to thick stands of dense green forest.

But a 20-year war in Uganda's north, pitting government forces against rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army who used this very bush for cover, left many here stripped of farming tools, displaced, and surviving only by planting small crops for subsistence. Seeing the need that existed, Catholic Relief Services, working with local partner Caritas Uganda, set out to help local …

05 Oct 2007 description

Communities will feel effects of flooding for months; CRS gears up long-term response

NAIROBI, Kenya, October 5, 2007 - As flooding subsides across Africa, communities are bracing for the aftermath of months of heavy rain. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is delivering relief supplies throughout East and West Africa, while working on long-term solutions to help families who will feel the effects of the devastating flooding long after the waters recede.

In Northern Ghana, some 350,000 people have been affected, with more than 100,000 displaced.

28 Jun 2007 description

Lukodi, Gulu District, Uganda, June 28 - "It's easy to develop when the women get together," sing the 30 Ugandan villagers gathered in their peanut fields. Their songs are punctuated by the sharp trill of women ululating to express their joy. These resilient Ugandan farmers have come to their fields late one afternoon to show me their work and how CRS seed fairs are helping them to grow food for their families once again.

"One person can't do a lot," explains Okech Alem, the 74-year-old village elder who helps coordinate the farmers.