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When a natural disaster occurs in a third world country, no one is ready for it.

The human impact from natural disaster is often not realized until years after the event. Disasters hinder societies from moving forward, forcing a focus on immediate needs rather than long-term solutions to societal growth. Food, water, housing and infrastructure become the priority for many societies in the wake of disaster. Particularly in third world areas, natural catastrophes strip communities from whatever momentum they may have had in moving toward self-sufficiency.  People fall deeper into poverty and dependence. The ramifications may span generations.

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CATHOLIC WORLD MISSION in ACTION

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With over 6 million surplus and unused medicines and equipment in the United States, we at Catholic World Mission take great care in alleviating suffering by putting surplus medical supplies to good use. Check out the photos of those benefiting here!
United States
With homes flooded and belongings destroyed our quick response is vital to repair homes, and provide clean clothes to the victims of floodings, especially now in Louisiana. Your response today will alleviate suffering of those in need.
Ecuador
In a single minute over 650 people lost their lives, and tens of thousands of families lost everything. With your support today we can immediately respond to their urgent needs for survival. Donations provide medicine, clean water, mosquito spray, & food.
Kenya
In Kenya the Missionaries of the Poor work hard to feed the community. One of the ways they have started to become self-sustainable is by planting a large garden! See the photos here.
Ghana
Thank you to St. Helen Catholic School for donating over 600 pieces of clothing for the school children in Enchi, Ghana. Click here to see the update.
Ghana
CWM partners with St. Brigid Lifeteen to raise awareness for those who go without clean drinking water! Living off of only 4 liters of water for 24 hours, the teens and CWM aim to raise money for 4 new wells for people in Ghana. Give now.
Kenya
We are thankful to be aiding the missionaries of the poor in Kenya! This March they have been working hard to help aid the children and the poor in the area by providing food and clothing. Check out the update here!
Philippines
In Capiz, students have been waiting for years to see their school be rebuilt. They reached out to CWM in December & you generously responded! So far Lonoy & Agtatacay Notre Elementray each have one building done. They are so thankful for your generosity.
Philippines
Matt 25:40 ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Your support in the Philippines has been crucial for students in Capiz. See the progress here.
Philippines
We have started reconstruction on the two schools in Capiz, Philippines. We are so thankful for our donors continued support in helping projects like this! Check out the progress being made today.
Philippines
In Capiz, Philippines two schools Lonoy, and Agtatacay Norte Elementary are still recovering from the effects of typhoons. They send their thanksgiving to CWM and our donors for our continued help. There is still more work to do, see how you can help.
Philippines
We are happy to share some of the updates we have received for the Qualfon housing project in the Philippines! Your donations have helped improve the interior and exterior of homes affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
Liberia
Catholic World Mission is responding to the call in Liberia to aid in the devastating Ebola outbreak. With the help of our donors we were able to send a shipping container. Click to learn more about whom we are helping.
Kenya
26 Children Graduated from the Missionaries of the Poor Kenya School-The Good Shepherd Academy! Thanks to CWM donors, we were able to fund five life giving projects for the Missionaries of the Poor in Kenya.
Bosnia
Catholic World Mission in the news: See the story of CWM’s partnership to provide disaster relief in Bosnia.
Philippines
Thanks to a major effort by CWM donors, two 40-foot containers of medicines, hospital beds and supplies were shipped to the Philippines to re-stock The Divine Word hospital-- still in recovery mode six months after the devastating typhoon.
Philippines
Much support is still needed for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Qualfon Corporation, with employees in Cebu, interviewed distraught families to determine how best to help. See the video here.
United States
Children helping Children: Students at an Illinois Catholic school host a rummage sale to benefit impoverished children around the world.
Philippines
Qualfon corporation rallies with Catholic World Mission to aid employees and families affected by Typhoon Haiyan in Cebu, Philippines.
Philippines
Crews in the Philippines have made two rounds of emergency deliveries and are preparing for a rebuilding effort in Malpascua.
Philippines
Filipinos begin the healing process as they attend mass in their ruined 400-year-old church in Tacloban.
Philippines
Our disaster relief partners in the Philippines delivered a second shipment of emergency supplies today. So much more is needed!
Philippines
Pope Francis calls for 'concrete help' for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Donate to help victims here.
Haiti
Children living in Tent Cities in Haiti are deprived of an education and cut off from society. Missionaries have a plan for giving these children education and a future
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Projects in Disaster Relief

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Kenya

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Completed Projects

Bosnia

The Balkans Flood

Bosnia DamageIn 2014, heavy rains caused disastrous flooding throughout Southeast Europe, including Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia. The Bosnian-American community rallied with Catholic World Mission to aid disaster victims in the Balkans.

Reported to be the worst flooding in more than a century, months of heavy rains in Bosnia and Serbia led to catastrophic mudslides, burying neighborhoods and leaving tens of thousands of people homeless.

Catholic World Mission teamed up with the Bosnian community in Georgia and Gwinnett County Sheriff’s department in Metro Atlanta to collect and ship a 40-foot container of relief supplies including pharmaceuticals.

Bosnia Shipment Coordinator With concerns over the spread of disease due to flooding, we collected dozens of boxes of hygiene products as well as high-value medicines to supply hospitals and help thousands of people left homeless and in immediate need.

The Bosnian-American community was quick to step up to aid and collect for their homeland, as many of these local residents know all too well the suffering the Bosnian people endured during the Yugoslav War. 

Local officials were swift to provide support for this project. Corporal Bradley Smith, with Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department, played a huge role in facilitating and expanding the community's awareness for disaster relief donations. Stationed in the Balkans in the 1990s for the UN Peacekeeping mission, Corporal Smith has continued to hae a strong connection and dedication to the local Bosnian community for many years. 

Present at the donation shipment and very much involved in collection efforts, Daliborka Losipovic, who was born in Croatia and now living in the U.S. has a strong affiliation with her homeland. See her full thoughts about the devastating flood and immense community participation in her interview below along with Corporal Bradley's plea for assistance.

Click here to watch the interview.

Bosnia Packing Container Bosnia Shipping Container Packing Shipping contianer

Interview about Bosnia containerSee more photos of the 2014 efforts to respond to catastrophic flooding in the Balkans.

Watch this video of the project here.

2014 Flood Damage in Bosnia
2014 Flood Damage in Bosnia
2014 Flood Damage in Bosnia
2014 Flood Damage in Bosnia
Bosnian American Community Headquarters
Deacon Rick and Corporal Bradley Smith
Wheelchairs and other necessary items to be shipped to Bosnia
Donations for Bosnia
Donations for Bosnia
Donations for Bosnia
Donations for Bosnia
Donations for Bosnia
Donations for Bosnia

The Balkans Flood

Bosnia DamageIn 2014, heavy rains caused disastrous flooding throughout Southeast Europe, including Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia. The Bosnian-American community rallied with Catholic World Mission to aid disaster victims in the Balkans.

Reported to be the worst flooding in more than a century, months of heavy rains in Bosnia and Serbia led to catastrophic mudslides, burying neighborhoods and leaving tens of thousands of people homeless.

Catholic World Mission teamed up with the Bosnian community in Georgia and Gwinnett County Sheriff’s department in Metro Atlanta to collect and ship a 40-foot container of relief supplies including pharmaceuticals.

Bosnia Shipment Coordinator With concerns over the spread of disease due to flooding, we collected dozens of boxes of hygiene products as well as high-value medicines to supply hospitals and help thousands of people left homeless and in immediate need.

The Bosnian-American community was quick to step up to aid and collect for their homeland, as many of these local residents know all too well the suffering the Bosnian people endured during the Yugoslav War. 

Local officials were swift to provide support for this project. Corporal Bradley Smith, with Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department, played a huge role in facilitating and expanding the community's awareness for disaster relief donations. Stationed in the Balkans in the 1990s for the UN Peacekeeping mission, Corporal Smith has continued to hae a strong connection and dedication to the local Bosnian community for many years. 

Present at the donation shipment and very much involved in collection efforts, Daliborka Losipovic, who was born in Croatia and now living in the U.S. has a strong affiliation with her homeland. See her full thoughts about the devastating flood and immense community participation in her interview below along with Corporal Bradley's plea for assistance.

Click here to watch the interview.

Bosnia Packing Container Bosnia Shipping Container Packing Shipping contianer

Interview about Bosnia containerSee more photos of the 2014 efforts to respond to catastrophic flooding in the Balkans.

Watch this video of the project here.

2014 Flood Damage in Bosnia
2014 Flood Damage in Bosnia
2014 Flood Damage in Bosnia
2014 Flood Damage in Bosnia
Bosnian American Community Headquarters
Deacon Rick and Corporal Bradley Smith
Wheelchairs and other necessary items to be shipped to Bosnia
Donations for Bosnia
Donations for Bosnia
Donations for Bosnia
Donations for Bosnia
Donations for Bosnia
Donations for Bosnia

2010 Earthquake Still Affects Haiti

Tent CityHaiti is a perfect example of how disaster perpetuates poverty. The devastation resulting from the 2010 earthquake has permanently affected Haiti. Tens of thousands of people displaced from their homes still live in Tent Cities throughout the country. Regnum Christi Missionaries plan to address the plague of perpetual poverty through providing opportunities for education and employment.

Tent Cities in the Port Au Prince area started out as temporary living quarters for victims of disaster, but have become permanent homes. They are homes without an official address and with little or no government support. 25,000 men, women, and children reside in the cramped village of Tent City, Acra, where unemployment is 90% and children have no access to school.

The combination of poverty, lack of employment and education, inadequate living quarters and little access to healthcare is the perfect storm for generational poverty.

Mission Youth Mission Youth is an apostolate of the Regnum Christi Movement which was started by the Legionaries of Christ. Mission Youth is dedicated to the welfare of the people of Tent City, Acra. Searching outside the box for solutions to complicated problems, the missionaries have sought out teachers who are residents of Tent City to serve as educators for the children of the village. Refurbishing an old make-shift temporary structure, the missionaries have fabricated a school house, built furniture and provided supplies for the children and teachers. Catholic World Mission is pleased to support the work of Mission Youth in Haiti.

Missionaries hope that a structured school program will provide opportunities for children who have spent their time in aimless activities while their parents roam the streets looking for work.

Mission Youth building furnitureThanks to Catholic World Mission donors, missionaries have been able to pay teachers directly for their work in the Tent City school house. CWM donations also allowed for purchases of supplies for missionaries to build school desks and benches, as well as beds for the residential areas. The dual benefit of providing both employment opportunities for some Tent City residents, as well as education for the children residing there, is an offering of hope for these victims of natural disaster.

The work in Tent City, Acra, has just begun for these missionaries, who are dedicated to improving the quality of life for the tens of thousands of people living there.

Haiti Missionaries supplied food and other essentials for people in Tent City. Missionaries from Mission Youth, a Regnum Christi apostolate, and Legionaries of Christ priests made the trip possible.  Read the report on their Holy Week trip.

Missionaries in Haiti

 

Tent CityHaiti is a perfect example of how disaster perpetuates poverty. The devastation resulting from the 2010 earthquake has permanently affected Haiti. Tens of thousands of people displaced from their homes still live in Tent Cities throughout the country. Regnum Christi Missionaries plan to address the plague of perpetual poverty through providing opportunities for education and employment.

Tent Cities in the Port Au Prince area started out as temporary living quarters for victims of disaster, but have become permanent homes. They are homes without an official address and with little or no government support. 25,000 men, women, and children reside in the cramped village of Tent City, Acra, where unemployment is 90% and children have no access to school.

The combination of poverty, lack of employment and education, inadequate living quarters and little access to healthcare is the perfect storm for generational poverty.

Mission Youth Mission Youth is an apostolate of the Regnum Christi Movement which was started by the Legionaries of Christ. Mission Youth is dedicated to the welfare of the people of Tent City, Acra. Searching outside the box for solutions to complicated problems, the missionaries have sought out teachers who are residents of Tent City to serve as educators for the children of the village. Refurbishing an old make-shift temporary structure, the missionaries have fabricated a school house, built furniture and provided supplies for the children and teachers. Catholic World Mission is pleased to support the work of Mission Youth in Haiti.

Missionaries hope that a structured school program will provide opportunities for children who have spent their time in aimless activities while their parents roam the streets looking for work.

Mission Youth building furnitureThanks to Catholic World Mission donors, missionaries have been able to pay teachers directly for their work in the Tent City school house. CWM donations also allowed for purchases of supplies for missionaries to build school desks and benches, as well as beds for the residential areas. The dual benefit of providing both employment opportunities for some Tent City residents, as well as education for the children residing there, is an offering of hope for these victims of natural disaster.

The work in Tent City, Acra, has just begun for these missionaries, who are dedicated to improving the quality of life for the tens of thousands of people living there.

Haiti Missionaries supplied food and other essentials for people in Tent City. Missionaries from Mission Youth, a Regnum Christi apostolate, and Legionaries of Christ priests made the trip possible.  Read the report on their Holy Week trip.

Missionaries in Haiti

 

Japan

Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Japan CaritasDisaster relief has also come in the form of assisting victims of the 2011 tsunami in Japan. Thanks to our donors, we were able to make a $25,000 donation to Caritas Internationalis to help people who instantly became homeless after the devastating affects of the tsunami. The coordinated, worldwide effort with Caritas Internationalis was a significant contribution to the overall healing of the devastated communities.

Japan CaritasOur donors’ support helped further the massive effort towards Japan’s recovery through:

  • Distribution of food and emergency supplies
  • Volunteer efforts to clean up in the most affected communities
  • Aid to small businesspeople to restart their work
  • Specialized support to children, the elderly, and other vulnerable people

“This work is what the gospel tells us to do. It’s about compassion and doing what the Bible says. When I see the tsunami survivors doing better, their happiness is my happiness.” -  Caritas

This project has been fully funded.  Click here to read this letter of thanksgiving.

Japan Caritas 2011

 

Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Japan CaritasDisaster relief has also come in the form of assisting victims of the 2011 tsunami in Japan. Thanks to our donors, we were able to make a $25,000 donation to Caritas Internationalis to help people who instantly became homeless after the devastating affects of the tsunami. The coordinated, worldwide effort with Caritas Internationalis was a significant contribution to the overall healing of the devastated communities.

Japan CaritasOur donors’ support helped further the massive effort towards Japan’s recovery through:

  • Distribution of food and emergency supplies
  • Volunteer efforts to clean up in the most affected communities
  • Aid to small businesspeople to restart their work
  • Specialized support to children, the elderly, and other vulnerable people

“This work is what the gospel tells us to do. It’s about compassion and doing what the Bible says. When I see the tsunami survivors doing better, their happiness is my happiness.” -  Caritas

This project has been fully funded.  Click here to read this letter of thanksgiving.

Japan Caritas 2011