Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the official international humanitarian agency of the United States Catholic community and a member of Caritas Internationalis, supports humanitarian and development operations all over the world. Much of its work has the long-term goal of capacity-building to enable beneficiaries to become self-sufficient and take control of their lives.
CRS runs and supports projects and programmes in the following fields:
Agriculture – support for poor farmers, the landless and disaster victims;
Microfinance – loans and savings, participatory management, self-sufficiency and sustainability;
Education – helping marginalised people and needy communities to access quality education;
Peace building – addressing injustice, rights education, rebuilding, reconciliation;
Emergency response – help for refugees, disaster preparedness, immediate assistance;
Social safety nets – training in livelihood skills, helping the sick, homeless and people with physical and learning difficulties;
Health – training, improving water and sanitation facilities, health centres;
Food security – agricultural, health and literacy training, improved access to food;
HIV and AIDS – helping families to cope with physical, economic and emotional aspects.
Operational Areas CRS supports humanitarian and development operations in:
Africa: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Malawi, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Tajikistan, Thailand, Vietnam
Europe: Albania, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Serbia
Latin America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Venezuela