Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, we have expanded in size to reach more than 130 million people in more than 100 countries on five continents.
Our mission is to assist impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas, working in the spirit of Catholic Social Teaching to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person. Although our mission is rooted in the Catholic faith, our operations serve people based solely on need, regardless of their race, religion or ethnicity. Within the United States, CRS engages Catholics to live their faith in solidarity with the poor and suffering of the world.
The fundamental motivating force in all activities of CRS is the Gospel of Jesus Christ as it pertains to the alleviation of human suffering, the development of people, and the fostering of charity and justice. We are committed to a set of Guiding Principles and hold ourselves accountable for them.
As the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States, CRS is governed by a Board of Directors made up of clergy, most of them bishops, religious and Catholic lay men and women.
CRS maintains strict standards of efficiency, accountability and transparency. Last year, more than 94 percent of revenues we spent went directly to programs that benefit the poor overseas.
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Food aid project in Burkina Faso by Rise Against Hunger
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is a leader in innovative humanitarian programming that helps people live to their full potential with dignity. For almost 70 years, CRS has delivered emergency relief and has... Learn more
Last updated October 30, 2017
A project from 8 different sectors in 6 countries by World Bicycle Relief
WBR s Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program (BEEP) approach is built on three pillars designed to promote program sustainability and impact partnership, capacity building, and a high quality bicycle... Learn more
Last updated October 2, 2017
A project from 2 different sectors in Democratic Republic of the Congo by Concern Worldwide U.S.
The DRC WASH Consortium Programme is a harmonised and process-oriented approach to ensure community adoption of safe hygiene and sanitation practices. Increased sustainable coverage of WASH services in rural... Learn more
Last updated November 21, 2017
Health project in Senegal by IntraHealth International
IntraHealth International is a prime recipient in collaboration with Senegal s Ministry of Health and Social Action s National Malaria Control Program. The program aims to provide adequate resources to implement... Learn more
Last updated November 6, 2017
A project from 2 different sectors in United States by Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA)
The Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program promotes sustainable economic growth, food security and agricultural development worldwide. Volunteer technical assistance from US farmers, agribusinesses, cooperatives,... Learn more
Last updated October 29, 2017
Health project in Madagascar by Management Sciences for Health (MSH)
The USAID/Madagascar MIKOLO project is a five-year initiative that will increase use of community-based primary health care services and the adoption of healthy behaviors among women of reproductive age,... Learn more
Last updated October 25, 2017
A project from 2 different sectors in Tanzania by ACDI/VOCA
NAFAKA promotes the competitiveness of the maize and rice value chains, leading to improved productivity and incomes which, in turn, accrue to smallholder farmers and rural households. Increases in the availability... Learn more
Last updated September 20, 2017
A project from 2 different sectors in Haiti by Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation
Hurricane Matthew wreaked major havoc in Haiti and Tzu Chi Foundation was there to help victims with cash for work and hot meal distributions Cash for work cleaning streets of Jeremie 2000 for tools 1920 for cash... Learn more
Last updated September 19, 2017