Those You Have Helped Have Something to Say to You
Millions of our poorest brothers and sisters around the world still look to us for help and hope. With your continued prayers and donations, CRS can reach them. You can make more miracles like the ones you've made by reuniting families separated in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti. God bless you and thank you.
"Nou bite men nou pap tonbe. [We may stumble but we will not fall.]"
—Haitian saying heard in camps after the earthquake
"Catholic dioceses, parishes and schools across the country started mobilizing their networks immediately, and have generously, and creatively, supported our work to help the victims in Haiti. For that, we are extremely grateful."
—Joan Rosenhauer, CRS executive vice president for U.S. operations
A year after the earthquake, Haiti still needs our prayers and support. Millions have been displaced and still suffer due to the stresses of living in temporary conditions, many without livelihoods. As we begin the comprehensive program for helping the Haitians rebuild their country, including the most basic infrastructure, many are working side by side with Catholic Relief Services to create a better life. Consider a gift of hope to Haiti and choose a way to supply a basic need or service to our neighbors in Haiti.
CRS is providing food to orphans, the elderly and other vulnerable groups, many of whom are living in camps, orphanages and hospitals. We are also hosting seed fairs for farmers and offering cash-for-work programs in camps in Port-au-Prince. We are piloting a rubble removal program that creates jobs by turning rubble into sand and gravel that can be sold for use in rebuilding projects. Learn more and buy a project share.
In the first 3 months of our emergency response, CRS provided emergency shelter kits—including tarps, nails, rope and bedding—for tens of thousands of people displaced by the earthquake, as well as large tents for hospitals and orphanages. We are now helping people build wooden shelters that can be dismantled and used later for permanent housing. We are constructing 120 to 130 shelters a week. Learn more and buy a project share.
In the weeks after the quake, CRS supported teams of doctors and nurses in 3 hospitals and several clinics and camps as they treated an average of 350 patients and performed 30 surgeries every day. As of December 2010, in collaboration with our partners, CRS provided 997 surgeries and conducted 64,000 outpatient consultations. Learn more and buy a project share.
For years, CRS has provided food and support to more than 100 orphanages and child care centers in Port-au-Prince and Les Cayes. Over the past 12 months, CRS has registered 813 separated or unaccompanied children for family reunification. We are currently providing them with interim care and support. Learn more and buy a project share.
Access to clean water and sanitary facilities enables people to stay healthy while they cope during these stressful periods. In our efforts to prevent further disaster from waterborne diseases, CRS continues to install systems for clean water and sanitation. Learn more and buy a project share.
Many donors simply ask us to use their donation "where it is needed most." We value this trust in us and the tremendous flexibility such a designation gives us as we respond in the more than 100 countries where we serve. Know that such a gift will be used to save lives and ease the suffering of our most vulnerable brothers and sisters around the world. Make a donation.