CRS strengthens civil society groups in fractured Lebanon

BEIRUT (CNS) — When Samar Shalhoub and some friends wanted to better protect children in Lebanon from abuse and violence, they turned their dream into a nonprofit organization. They registered with the government and got to work holding workshops on bullying and ways that children could protect themselves against abduction, sexual abuse and violence. But,…

Forum outlines strategies to end extreme poverty worldwide

WASHINGTON (CNS) — With extreme poverty having been cut in half over the last generation — and the Millennium Development Goals target of poverty halving having been achieved five years ahead of the 2015 deadline — veterans of the global war on poverty believe it is possible that extreme poverty can be wiped out in…

Working toward God’s abundance for all

By Carolyn Woo In the Catholic Relief Services guest dining room in Baltimore we have decorated the left wall with pictures of grains, plants, trees, water. The inscription reads: “We shall see the bounty of the Lord.” On the opposing wall, we have the words from Psalm 27:13, “in the land of the living.” It…

CRS official sees wins in Ebola fight, but there’s ‘a lot more to do’

RYE, N.Y. (CNS) — Catholic organizations and dioceses in the United States have responded to the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa with both generosity and extreme caution. Catholic Relief Services committed $1.5 million to its pre-existing programs in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, the three West African countries affected by widespread transmission of the…

Catholic leaders speak out about policy toward migrant kids, families

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A Latin America expert for Catholic Relief Services, the head of the bishops’ migration committee and the president of a Catholic college in Michigan were among those urging the government toward humanitarian responses to a surge of children and families crossing the U.S. border from Central America. Among their recommendations were: fully…

Kenya

There are few paying jobs in Kariobangi, a crowded neighborhood in northeastern Nairobi. Catholic Relief Services organizes working groups that allow members to make a living while providing a much needed service to the community. February 28, 2014, edition MICHAEL’S STORY Kariobangi is a neighborhood in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city. The people who live here…

Lent

What you give up for Lent changes lives February 28, 2014, edition Lent is the Christian time of fasting, prayer and almsgiving, and, for Catholics in the St. Cloud Diocese, there is no more valuable a vehicle to help make the most of Lent than a makeshift rice bowl fashioned out of cardboard. CRS Rice…

Syrian refugees share untold stories of civil war

Field correspondent for Catholic Relief Services passes on tragic reports at stops in the diocese Nov. 15, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully In countries bordering Syria, women tugged at Caroline Brennan’s sleeve, pleading with her to listen to their stories. Their stories, the strife, struggles and reality of women refugees fleeing unrest in Syria, are often missing in…