The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) shares Christ’s love by providing disaster relief and community development programs in 30 countries around the world.
CRWRC addresses the needs of the poor by identifying available resources within local communities. It also equips communities with the skills and knowledge to help improve the quality of their lives: literacy education; child health programs; agricultural training; small business development and loans; HIV prevention, awareness, and care; and justice awareness.
CRWRC is quick to act in times of disaster, providing food and emergency supplies to thousands of people each year affected by flooding, drought, hurricanes, and civil unrest. CRWRC also helps disaster survivors rebuild homes, replant crops, and secure food for the future.
CRWRC supports congregations as they seek to develop a deeper understanding of the international policies and everyday personal decisions that impact poverty at home and abroad. CRWRC works with international organizations such as the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, Food Resources Bank, Make Poverty History, and Micah Challenge to address justice issues that contribute to poverty and hunger.
In 2008-09 CRWRC will continue “Embrace AIDS,” an awareness and fundraising campaign for people infected with and affected by HIV and AIDS. Embrace AIDS supports communities in their care of AIDS orphans and in providing spiritual counseling, access to antiretroviral drugs, HIV prevention education, training for growing nutritious crops, and education to stop the spread of stigma and discrimination associated with HIV and AIDS.
CRWRC has about 100 field staff in the following regions:
Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines
East/Southern Africa: Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
Latin America: Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua
North America: Canada, the United States
West Africa: Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone
Disaster relief is currently underway in countries such as Burundi, Ethiopia, Liberia, Kenya, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Uganda, and the United States.
For more information, visit www.crwrc.org.