- Established in 1943 with a mission to assist survivors of World War II in Europe, CRS has evolved into a symbol of compassion, solidarity, and empowerment.
- Bill O'Keefe, Executive Vice President of Mission and Mobilization at CRS expressed pride in Kenya's development progress.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) on Saturday, September 30, commemorated eight decades of unwavering service to humanity.
Established in 1943 with a mission to assist survivors of World War II in Europe, CRS has evolved into a symbol of compassion, solidarity, and empowerment.
This momentous occasion underscores CRS's deep commitment to its Catholic faith, fruitful partnerships, and dedication to working alongside our global human family.
Reflecting on CRS's remarkable journey, Robert Mgeni, Head of Programmes at CRS, highlighted the organization's focus on youth programs, stating:
"We have youth programs in various counties that ensure the youths are employed and included in our activities."
He also emphasized CRS's commitment to excellence, adding:
"We have specific personnel mandated with the work of monitoring and evaluating the activities we do, to see if they are going as planned and if not, what needs to be changed to better them."
Margaret Kahiga, Deputy Chief of Party for USAID Nawiri, shared insights into CRS's fight against malnutrition and said:
"The fight against malnutrition has shown positive results with a decrease in the number of malnutrition cases. We have put measures such as drilling boreholes to ensure people in semi-arid areas have access to clean water."
Bill O'Keefe, Executive Vice President of Mission and Mobilization at CRS expressed pride in Kenya's development progress and noted that:
"Kenya is a model for the success of development, and we are proud of the continuing progress going on here. We value the solidarity of everyone involved so that we can work as one and move forward together in the same direction."
CRS's projects in Kenya encompass a diverse array of initiatives, including agriculture, health, multisectoral nutrition, microfinance, emergency response, HIV care and treatment, and services for orphans and vulnerable children.
These projects aim to uplift communities, fostering sustainable development and lasting positive change.
As CRS celebrates its 80th anniversary, the organization is committed to creating platforms for constructive dialogues to raise awareness of its ongoing projects in Kenya.
The central theme, "Globally Rooted; Community Led," underscores CRS's commitment to collaborating closely with communities to address their unique needs.
Founded in 1943 to serve those affected by the aftermath of World War II, CRS has remained true to its Catholic identity and mission.
As the official international agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, CRS continues to serve our brothers and sisters in need, regardless of creed, ethnicity, or nationality.
Operating in over 100 countries across five continents, CRS partners with local churches, non-church entities, and governments to implement programs that alleviate suffering and promote development.