Catholic Charities USA Responds to Hurricane Harvey

 

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As the official domestic relief agency of the Catholic Church, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) is assisting with the relief of Hurricane Harvey along with local Catholic Charities Agencies in Texas. Sister Donna Markham OP, PhD, president and CEO of CCUSA was present in San Antonio on Labor Day to present nearly $2 million to aid local Catholic Charities agencies. All funds will be going directly to helping those who were affected by the hurricane in receiving basic supplies such as food and shelter.

Catholic Charities Disaster Recovery Team is also using their Disaster Relief Vehicle, presented to CCUSA just last week by the Ford Motor Company, to distribute supplies to impacted areas. Impacted agencies have also been asked to list their specific needs and then CCUSA will distribute the list in order to most effectively aid those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. If you would like to contribute to the recovery efforts, you may text CCUSADISASTER to 71777 to donate or here to donate online.

Read the full article and learn more about the work of Catholic Charities USA here.

Catholic Relief Services Responds to Ecuador Earthquake

On April 16, 2016, Ecuador endured a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. According to Michigan Technological University, this type of ‘major’ earthquake only occurs an estimated twenty times a year, as opposed to the ‘strong’ earthquakes, which occur an estimated 100 times a year. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) reports that this is “one of the most powerful in Latin America over the last two decades,” and has taken the lives of at least 500 people.

Many towns in the affected area are experiencing power outages, lack of running water, and the devastation of coastal infrastructure. In response, CRS has been directing its efforts towards meeting the immediate needs of remote areas that have not yet received assistance. Their work currently includes bringing clean water, temporary shelter, food, and living supplies to those in need. Sanitation and hygiene will also be provided, so as to prevent the spread of disease.

Ecuador is in desperate need of assistance and any contribution counts. Anyone can donate as an individual or set up a fundraising campaign with their campus, school, or parish.  Be sure to check out other ways to respond, and join us as we pray:

Ecuador_Prayer

How is your college or university contributing to assisting Ecuador? Let us know! 

CRS responds to the Nepal Earthquake

On April 25, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, killing over 5,500 people and causing widespread damage.  Many survivors are in need of basic necessities such as food and water.  Catholic Relief Services is on the ground in Nepal, and CRS University has shared ways that colleges and universities can respond to the disaster and help the survivors in need on their blog.  University communities are invited to respond with CRS by giving, praying, learning, and acting.

Prayer for Nepal