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CRS and LWR Honor the Millions of Unsung Heroes Behind Your Morning Java

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 09.30.2015 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

Beyond the small-scale farmers who grow your coffee are countless millions of farmworkers -- the men, women and children who toil in anonymity in the coffee fields to make your daily habit possible, sometimes under conditions that are an affront to human dignity.

A Crucial Moment to Address Global Migration

Daniel Speckhard | Posted 09.18.2015 | Impact
Daniel Speckhard

It took the heartbreaking image of a drowned toddler lying on a beach in Turkey to finally wake the world to a humanitarian crisis that has been long brewing. We are at a "hinge" moment in history in which a number of factors are contributing to people on the move.

Be Like Ike: Give Safe Haven to War Refugees

William Lambers | Posted 09.05.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

Thousands of Syrians each day are making a dangerous journey to get away from the conflict in the Middle East. What should the international community do? Start welcoming them. That is exactly what President Dwight Eisenhower did when he launched Operation Safe Haven.

Syria Can Only Be Saved at the Peace Table

William Lambers | Posted 09.02.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

The international community must encourage the peaceful conclusion of the civil war. We cannot let this chaos continue. We must save Syria. There is simply no alternative to peace.

CRS Cares for Migrants in Serbia

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 08.07.2015 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

Imagine, for a second, your favorite public park. Now imagine that park as a temporary home to thousands of people fleeing war, violence and poverty.

Iraq Strategy Should Also Fight Hunger

William Lambers | Posted 06.15.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

While a strategy for peace in Iraq is still being formed, we already know one ingredient. Food will help write the peace in Iraq. For there cannot be any peace or stability with people starving and malnourished. We cannot abandon Iraqis in this time of great distress.

Monsoons Will Leave Nepal Stuck

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

In a month's time, this country, already so desperate even before the April 25 earthquake and now facing destruction from a second major temblor, will literally be stuck as its roads become slick clay mud.

People Must Respond to the Humanitarian Crisis In Syria: No Time to Wait for Governments

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.08.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Some 12.2 million people, more than half of the population, are estimated to need humanitarian assistance. A similar number have been displaced -- between 6.5 million and 7.8 million -- within Syria, and three to four million have been displaced on to neighboring states.

The Real and Heroic Hunger Games

William Lambers | Posted 04.26.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

Imagine if war came to your community. What if you lost your whole income and food supplies became more limited each day? Farms and factories that supply food could no longer function because of the violence.

Ukraine War: Shelling and Hunger Killing Civilians

William Lambers | Posted 04.02.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

They were civilians standing in line at the Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Centre in Donetsk, Ukraine. This was aid they needed because of the war between the government and pro-Russian separatists.

2014: In the Humanitarian World, the Fight Against Climate Change and Hunger Continue

Chris Herlinger | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion
Chris Herlinger

What 2014 has principally been, though, is a year of constant and churning problems, in which the challenges of climate change and food security (the availability and access to food) became more acute and ever-more clear.

Philippines: A Time to Mourn, a Time to Rebuild

William Lambers | Posted 01.09.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

It's been one year since Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines. Thousands perished as high winds and massive rains leveled Leyte, Samar provinces ...

Heroic Efforts to Feed the Starving in South Sudan

William Lambers | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

You need to call in an airplane to drop food into this remote location. But you need a landing area and a place to hand out the food. You are going to be feeding thousands of people. This is no tiny operation.

Pope Tweets His First Photo In Powerful Appeal For Peace In Iraq

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.05.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis tweeted his first-ever photo on Friday in a powerful display of solidarity with humanitarian efforts in Iraq. The image, originally tw...

Small College Captured Spirit of the Marshall Plan

William Lambers | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

We know that the strength and spirit of the Greatest Generation is with us. We know it can be summoned again during these dark times.

Christians Need More Than An Escape From Iraq: Catholic Relief Official

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 08.26.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Kris Ozar, 37, is in charge of programming for Catholic Relief Services in Egypt and is now in northern Iraq coordinating the charity’s emerge...

Honoring the Many Faces of Humanitarian Work

Kim Pozniak | Posted 10.15.2014 | Impact
Kim Pozniak

"It's a pleasure to go and help these people who have problems. We feel good. We feel proud of doing this work. We are really happy and if people need something and you come and you provide it, they are really happy."

Why Tech Innovation Should Matter To NGOs

Lauren Woodman | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Lauren Woodman

Every industry, sector, and market goes through times of transformation and innovation. Whether you're selling smart phones or automobiles, technological change is a powerful force that drives industry innovation and disruption, shaking up traditional industry leaders and establishing new companies.

Dr. Carolyn Woo of CRS Talks Impact Investing to End Poverty

William Lambers | Posted 08.23.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

Lots of people invest their money one way or another. It's in one's self-interest to build their own financial security. Some people do very well at it.

Support Pope's Plan With Food for Peace

William Lambers | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

For the long-term, it's about building the self-sufficiency of a nation. How can that be done? It takes peacemaking, for one, to prevent further conflicts.

Out of the Shadows

John Bridgeland | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
John Bridgeland

Those with intellectual and developmental disabilities number in the hundreds of millions, yet they too often live in the shadows of society. Subject to stigma, prejudice, shame, and abuse, they are often denied access to food, school, health care, and social integration.

Peace Must be Built in South Sudan

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

By Tom Purekal Catholic Relief Services (CRS) staffer Tom Purekal, who is based in Juba, reflects on the recent violence in South Sudan. This piece w...

The People of Jonglei Need Peace

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 02.26.2014 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

With the stability of the world's newest nation, South Sudan, endangered, Catholic Relief Services' Brigid O'Connor reports on her experiences in one ...

Pope to Launch Plan to End World Hunger

William Lambers | Posted 02.05.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

It's all about coming together. If that happens, hunger can be defeated.

Filipinos and Syrians Desperately Need Food and Shelter

William Lambers | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

As the holidays come before us there is a great tradition called Black Friday, which marks the start of the holiday shopping season. Stores and individuals could donate at least a portion of their sales or purchasing funds toward relief of the suffering people in the Philippines and the Middle East.