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Review for Catholic Relief Services, Baltimore, MD, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

In 2003, I was selected by Catholic Relief Services to participate in their Frontiers of Justice program. Each year CRS takes 6 educators to a country where CRS serves in order to better educate them on the work of CRS. I traveled to India, where I met with the people who are served by CRS. There were so many wonderful experiences that I cannot share them all, but I was particularly moved by the work CRS and its partners were doing to prevent child labor and provide education to children who would otherwise be working in the fields. I visited a preschool that was built by previously warring tribes, so that their children would be safe. This project brought opportunity for the children and peace between the communities.
CRS depends on the kind of relationship building that Frontiers of Justice represents to spread the word of their work.
Each year CRS consistently provides relief and development in countries all over the world and insures that 95 cents of every dollar donated goes directly into their services, not into their advertising!
Catholic Relief Services serves communities regardless of race, creed, gender or nationality. Their development work helps people out of the grinding poverty of their daily lives and opens up real opportunity for a life lived with dignity. I urge you to learn as much as possible about this wonderful organization!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The work they are doing to promote justice on the Mexico-US border. I participated in an Encuentro or Encounter set up between US and Mexico Youth in Nogales, MX Also, their peace campaign for the Sudan referendum has been a big part of the successful vote and will continue to be part of the peaceful reorganization of the Sudan into two separate entities.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I think that the name Catholic Relief Services is too narrow in light of all the human development work they do all over the world.

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Very Well

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Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & Catholic Relief Services has changed the way I view the world and its people. It has also helped me to understand that relief in the time of crisis is merely the beginning of helping my brother and sisters in the world.