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January 2010

Special Edition | Click the interactive links and pictures.

Haiti’s reality CRS has worked in Haiti for over 50 years. Even before the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake, Haiti was a country in need. The nation is the poorest in the Western Hemisphere with 80 percent of the population falling below the poverty line. An estimated 1 in 10 Haitian children die before the age of 5 with twenty-five percent of the surviving children suffering from malnourishment. In addition, nearly half of the population is illiterate.

CRS response This natural disaster has left the people in desperate need of aid. At least $25 million has already been committed by CRS with over $16.5 million cash donations committed to this effort. The distribution of 2,100 metric tons of vegetable oil and grains from USAID’s Food for Peace program is being arranged by CRS. Three operating rooms at St. Francois de Sales Hospital have been opened by the CRS/Caritas team.

Visit the CRS Blog for the latest information

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” - Martin Luther King Jr.

Ways to advocate: Join the Catholics Confront Global Poverty legislative network. Advocate for Haiti in the following ways.  International assistance reform will strengthen Haiti’s communities and economy in the aftermath of the earthquake.  Relieving Haiti’s debt will help reduce the poverty that dominates the island.  Guarantee the safe migration of Haitian refugees.  Visit CRS on Facebook for more up to date information.

Text-to-give  Text RELIEF to 25383 to donate $10 from your phone bill. Terms: A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Messaging & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on most carriers. Donations are collected for the benefit of the Catholic Relief Services by the Mobile Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at You can unsubscribe at any time by replying STOP to short code 25383; Reply HELP to 25383 for help

For additional resources for campus wide awareness, please see the attachment in this e-mail. CRS Northeast Regional Office 5 Radnor Corporate Center – Suite 501 100 Matson Ford Road Radnor, PA 19087

Arlene Flaherty, OP (610) 293-4669 Created by Eric Gibble – CRS Northeast Regional Office Intern

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