Humanitarian Relief


Organizations we believe use money well and quickly:


Guatemala Volcano Eruption Emergency Response – How You Can Help:

Guatemala experienced a devastating volcanic eruption on Sunday, June 3rd. We want to share with you how CRS is working with Church and government partners to assess and respond to the needs of those affected.

Guatemala experienced an eruption of Volcan de Fuego on Sunday, June 3. The eruption has impacted several communities in Chimaltenango, Escuintla and Sacatepéquez, damaging infrastructure and affecting more than 1.7 million people. Currently more than 3,000 people have been evacuated with neraly 1,700 people needing shelter. You can read more about the story of Julia Gonzales and her family here.

CRS is working with Caritas Escuintla to assess immediate needs across the affected communities. Caritas has opened a collection center for water, food, and medicine, and the Catholic Church has opened three shelters in the area. CRS staff are on the ground working to determine what additional resources are needed. Thank you fro all the ways you lift up the work of CRS on your campus all year. If you would like to find a way to help those affected today, please remember them in your prayers, and consider supporting the work of the CRS on the ground in Guatemala.


Ways to Help Those Suffering in Nepal after the Earthquake:

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The morning of April 25, a devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal near Kathmandu also affecting nearby parts of India. Avalanches were reported in the Himalayas, including on Mount Everest (CRS.org). The earthquake was followed by many powerful aftershocks and a new earthquake (6.7) hit Nepal on Sunday April 26,  leaving a trail of death, injury and massive destruction in its wake. Death tolls are estimated at more than 4,000 people with thousands more injured and left homeless. Below are organizations who are committed to humanitarian relief in the area and provide avenues to donate to the effort:

      1. Catholic Relief Services has made an initial commitment of $825,000 to relief efforts in Nepal, a figure that is expected to rise as the needs become clearer. CRS provides several updates about how they are responding to the disaster, as well as multiple ways to donate to their cause.
      2. Jesuit Relief Services provide immediate emergency aid and long-term assistance to the most vulnerable persons in some of the worst hit areas after the earthquake in Nepal. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. If you wish to make a donation, please fill out the form below.
      3. By Mail:
        Make notation that the donation is for Nepal Earthquake Relief
        Checks made payable to: Jesuit International Missions
        2050 N. Clark St.
        Chicago, IL 60614
      4. By Wire Transfer:
        Jesuit International Missions
        North Shore Community Bank
        Routing number: 071-925-444
        Account number: 635002-6373
      5. Oxfam, which works in more than 90 countries, has already dispatched technical experts from the U.K. to Nepal and sent a China-based team to assess humanitarian needs in Tibet, where the quake also struck. Nepal country director Cecilia Keizer stated that Oxfam was “preparing to help provide clean water and emergency food.” To make your donation to Oxfam’s relief effort, go here: https://www.oxfam.org.hk/en/oneoffdonationform_15it1008.aspx
      6. Global Giving, an online fund-raising platform, is running a project to raise $1,000,000 for disaster relief in Nepal. To make a donation, visit them here. If you have a U.S. cell phone, you can text GIVE NEPAL to 80088 to make a $10 donation: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/nepal-earthquake-relief-fund/

CRS Prayer for the people of Nepal.


Ways to Help Those Suffering in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda:

The Ignatian Solidarity Network has some educational resources: http://ignatiansolidarity.net/blog/2013/11/12/jesuit-network-response-to-typhoon-haiyan/