With its headquarters in the USA, the Catholic Relief Services’ mission is to assist impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas, working in the spirit of Catholic social teaching to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person. With its mission rooted in the Catholic faith, Catholic Relief Services serve people based solely on need, regardless of their religion or ethnicity.
Overseas work is done in partnership with local church agencies, other faith-based partners, non-governmental organizations and local governments. Catholic Relief Services emphasises the empowerment of partners and beneficiaries in programming decisions.
Catholic Relief Services has programs in eight Zambian provinces, dealing with agriculture, health care, micro finance and capacity building.
The Catholic Relief Services’ immediate goal in this sector is to improve family well-being through agro-economic development and environmental stewardship. The long-term goal is to strengthen the capacity of local communities to take control of their own development.
The organisation’s food security and livelihoods programs aim to help vulnerable communities in six districts in the Southern and Western provinces of Zambia and to increase food security and meet everyday nutritional requirements. Catholic Relief Services work to empower rural communities to engage in market equability, profitability and sustainability.
Catholic Relief Services is one of the leading providers of support-based health institutions in Zambia and works with more than 30 health facilities, including diocesan and community-based organisations. Catholic Relief Services is dedicated to strengthening health systems by working on functional improvements in structures and systems in order to ensure greater access and quality of care for poor and marginalized people. Many CRS programs are focused on HIV and AIDS work in support of those living with the HIV virus.
The Catholic Relief Services in Zambia provide financial support to vulnerable members of the community through a savings-led micro finance system known as Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC). This initiative has created over 470 savings and lending groups that support over 7, 700 members.
Catholic Relief Services believe that capacity strengthening of local partners is fundamental to achieving sustainable development. Therefore the organisation’s approach aims to foster strong local ownership by helping to build the capacities of partners. Catholic Relief has partnered with more than 40 local organisations in Zambia to implement high-impact development programs.
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