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26 Dec 2007 description

Financial Accountability

The anticipated overall spending through fiscal year 2009 to provide emergency and long-term reconstruction assistance in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India is $205 million. This level of response is possible largely because of the unprecedented support of the American public. Catholic Relief Services expects to spend more than $176 million in private revenues to help survivors. To meet our long-term commitment to help communities rebuild, CRS has also been awarded approximately $29 million from the U.S.

20 Nov 2007 description

November 20, 2007, Balisar, Bangladesh- With more roads open, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and its partner Caritas Bangladeshanticipate reaching 57,700 people (12,500 families) this week with emergency food distributions and relief supplies as the first stage of a long-term recovery effort. CRS has committed $500,000 to the relief effort thus far.

"Thanks to ferries that are up and running and more roads being cleared, we're accessing areas that have yet to receive any aid. Some have been nearly flattened, and people are desperate.

30 Sep 2007 description


Depuis près de 10 ans, la République Démocratique du Congo a été le théâtre de violents combats spécifiquement dans sa partie Est. Ces guerres, de plusieurs natures ont opposé les forces loyalistes aux armées des pays voisins notamment le Rwanda, le Burundi et l'Ouganda ou entre certains éléments incontrôlables, des groupes armes internes avec les forces régulières.

07 Aug 2007 description

Flood-affected states among India's most malnourished

August 7, 2007, New Delhi - Catholic Relief Services (CRS) today purchased 200 metric tons of high-energy fortified milk biscuits for distribution to 400,000 women and children in the Indian state of Bihar-an area already plagued by malnutrition before suffering massive damage from this week's monsoon flooding. The value of the food is $170,000, increasing the agency's commitment for Indiarelief efforts to more than $500,000 to date.

"The state of Biharranks among the lowest in terms of socio-economic indicators.

05 Jul 2007 description

Joint Assessment Team - Pakistan-Humanitarian Forum (PHF): Member Organizations: Oxfam GB, Concern Worldwide, Catholic Relief Service (CRS), Church World Service-P/A.


02 Jul 2007 description

July 02, 2007, Islamabad, Pakistan -Initial assessments by one of the first international humanitarian agencies to enter into Turbat and some of the worst-affected areas of Balochistan reveal the depth of devastation and threat of water-borne illness caused by days of consistent heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding in southern Pakistan.

For the past week, access to this area had been virtually impossible without helicopters due to the destruction of a major bridge that connects Turbat to the country's major highway and cities.

20 Jun 2007 description

June 20, 2007, Baltimore, MD - Catholic Relief Services (CRS) will provide assistance to Iraqi refugees living in Syria and Lebanon, thanks to nearly $2 million dollars from the US Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, and more than half a million dollars in private funds.

The rapid escalation of sectarian violence in Iraq has forced an estimated two million Iraqis to seek safety in neighboring states.

The majority of families, upwards of 1.7 million, fled to Syria and Jordan, with a few hundred thousand also seeking refuge in Lebanon, Egypt and Turkey.

02 Apr 2007 description

Four-year-old Bosco Oliha was wrestling with his brother at home when he tumbled to the floor and fractured his leg.

21 Feb 2007 description

February 21, 2007, Beirut, Lebanon - Against a backdrop of increasing sectarian tensions, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) completed the first phase of its post-war recovery work in Lebanon after last summer's conflict with Israel. With $3.2 million in funding from the US government, CRS was able to assist over 100,000 Lebanese of all faiths in 80 villages around the country.

07 Feb 2007 description

Catholic Relief Services is providing emergency assistance to flood victims in Jakarta after days of incessant rain swamped the Indonesian capital.

Recent reports indicate as many as 51 people have been killed in the flooding, and more than 386,678 people have been forced from their homes according to United Nations estimates.

Chest-high floodwaters closed thousands of schools and businesses and stranded many families on the second floors and rooftops of their homes. Other residents who sought dry ground are camped out in tents on city streets.

25 Jan 2007 description

When a super typhoon struck the Philippines in September 2006, Honesimo and Virginia Bandula were lucky to have meager savings that helped replace the tin roof on their home in Daraga.

But when Super Typhoon Durian bore down on this island nation two months later, the only luck they had was to be alive.

The storm, with winds of up to 265 miles per hour, was reported, by the government and witnesses alike, as one of the most destructive of its kind. Typhoon Durian, known locally as Reming, brought one of the harshest winds in Bicol.