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Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, we have expanded in size to reach more than 130 million people in more than 100 countries on five continents.

For over 75 years, our mission has been 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. Although our mission is rooted in the Catholic faith, our operations serve people based solely on need, regardless of their race, religion or ethnicity. Within the United States, CRS engages Catholics to live their faith in solidarity with the poor and suffering people of the world.

CRS is motivated by the example of Jesus Christ to ease suffering, provide development assistance, and foster charity and justice. We are committed to a set of Guiding Principles and hold ourselves accountable to each other for them.

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As the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States, CRS is governed by a board of directors comprising clergy, most of them bishops elected by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, as well as religious and Catholic lay men and women.

Kenya is a lower-middle-income country. The country has made significant political and economic reforms that have contributed to sustained economic growth, social development, and political stability over the past decade. The COVID-19 shock adversely impacted Kenya’s economy. The closure of schools, restrictions on movement, bans on social gatherings, and limited economic activities caused loss of income and increased food insecurity.

Economic recovery is underway, following the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions. Kenya’s long-term development agenda Vision 2030 and President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda which prioritizes manufacturing, universal healthcare, affordable housing, and food security, outline and inform the country’s development priorities.

Development challenges persist, including poverty, climate change, food insecurity and weak healthcare outcomes leading to relatively high rates of poverty. To overcome these challenges, CRS empowers local partners across sectors and works with the government to build community resilience and prosperity through practical, evidence-based programs.

CRS has worked in Kenya since 1965 and is one of the oldest humanitarian relief and development organizations in the country. The Nairobi based country program has over 100 staff in offices in Nairobi, Marsabit, Isiolo, Kisumu and Kilifi.

CRS’ current programming portfolio features projects in social services for children and families, agriculture and lLivelihoods, health, water and sanitation and peacebuilding. In fiscal year 2020, we touched a total of 5,383,224 lives directly and indirectly.

CRS’s approach to delivering outcomes at scale is facilitative, focusing on partnerships, capacity building and a commitment to local leadership. We work through local implementing partners and collaborate closely with Government of Kenya stakeholders. The portfolio of current and recent CRS programs illustrates our commitment to fostering subsidiarity through capacity strengthening.

The country program’s current portfolio is aligned with CRS’ agency-wide Vision 2030 strategy, with goal areas focused on

  • Ensuring people live in just and peaceful societies
  • Helping people survive and thrive in the face of disasters
  • Helping people achieve dignified and resilient livelihoods
  • Ensuring children reach their full potential in safe and nurturing families
  • Empowering youth to thrive

CRS Kenya is a safe and joyous working environment where respect, equity, diversity and inclusion promotes trust, solidarity and commitment to deliver high quality programs for lasting change to the vulnerable people we serve.

The East Africa Regional Office is also located in Nairobi, hosting both regional and global staff.


Addressing Acute Malnutrition through Collaborative, Multi-Sectoral Approaches: USAID Nawiri is a five-year research, development, and resilience program, undertaken in close collaboration with Isiolo and Marsabit County governments, to address persistent malnutrition in locally led, sustainable ways. CRS has engaged communities, the county governments of Isiolo and Marsabit, formal and informal institutions, peer agencies, civil society and the private sector in collaborative research, and pilot programs to strengthen the evidence based on more innovative and impactful approaches. The program is now transitioning from research to the implementation phase. Nawiri will now use the research and learning outcomes to co-design and support the implementation of County government and local actor-led approaches to reduce acute malnutrition and sustainably address its systemic drivers and underlying causes.

Contact Us by Telephone

877-435-7277 (877-HelpCRS)
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  After hours please leave a voicemail and your call will be returned the next business day.

Contact Us by Mail

Catholic Relief Services
P.O. Box 5200
Harlan, IA 51593-0700

Contact Your Local CRS Representative

If you are a parish, diocese or individual and would like to find out how to make a difference here in the United States, please call 866-608-5978.

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