Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the
United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without
regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work are accomplished through programs
of emergency response, health (including malaria), agriculture, education, microfinance, and peacebuilding.
CRS/ Sierra Leone and Program Background
Catholic Relief Service (CRS) started work in Sierra Leone in 1963 carrying out the commitment of the Catholic
bishops and the Catholic community of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. For over
57 years, CRS has been on the front lines in responding to emergencies and promoting health, education,
agriculture, and urban resilience in Sierra Leone.
To date, the Country Program has a robust portfolio built around several major programs in Health,
Agriculture, Nutrition, Education and Urban Resilience such as the USDA/McGovern Dole Food for Education
and Nutrition (All Pikin for Learn) Program, Global Fund Malaria Program and COVID-19 Response Mechanism
Project. In addition, the country program is working on several high-profile opportunities to improve water
security in Freetown and support Freetown City Council to deliver its Transform Freetown strategy through