CRS Helping Hands is a Catholic volunteer and formation event that allows participants to serve their brothers and sisters overseas in a tangible way. Rooted in our call as Catholics to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world, volunteers work together to address hunger in both the short term and the long term. Together, volunteers package meals to send to people who suffer from chronic hunger as a result of cyclical drought and flooding in the African nation of Burkina Faso. In addition, CRS Helping Hands funds longer term, income-generating projects that allow our brothers and sisters to build a future free from hunger.
CRS Helping Hands was developed as a partnership between Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Rise Against Hunger (RAH). CRS provides resources to manage events and RAH provides food, supplies and logistical expertise.
Today, nearly one in nine people do not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life. Consequently, hunger and malnutrition are the number one risks to health worldwide—greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
As Catholics, we cannot ignore this reality. Pope Francis urges us that, “Those who are nourished by the Bread of Christ cannot remain indifferent to those who do not have their daily bread.” As a Eucharistic people, we must confront the scandal of hunger.
Distributing food is not the solution to hunger, but it eases suffering. CRS Helping Hands aims to permanently end hunger as well as ease suffering not only by providing food, but by funding projects that can lead to sustainability for the centers we serve.
Through your support, CRS Helping Hands ensures people in Burkina Faso learn innovative farming methods and skills so they can earn better incomes. Your generosity provides mental health services to people in distress, distributes food to vulnerable people and helps communities develop the knowledge and skills to build a future free from hunger.