Posts Tagged ‘Zimbabwe’

Seeing Signs of Hope in Zimababwe

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Ken Hackett has a “Viewpoint” piece in the Baltimore Sun. In it he talks about what he saw on a recent trip to Zimbabwe and why there’s still reason to not give up on this country.

Caritas: Reason to Hope in Zimbabwe

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

CRS friends at the Caritas blog posted a note of hope on conditions in Zimbabwe:

“One would say ‘Could the last person to leave Zimbabwe please switch off the light’, but as the electricity isn’t working there would be no point.

CRS Collection Offers Chance to Participate

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Dear Friend,

I visited Zimbabwe a week before the swearing-in of the opposition leader as prime minister by his erstwhile enemy President Mugabe, which initiated the Unity Government. While there, I traveled to see Catholic Relief Services’ programs and express the solidarity of American Catholics with the bishops of this troubled country. I was accompanied by two CRS Board members: Bishop J. Kevin Boland of Savannah, Ga., and Constance Proctor, an attorney from Seattle.

Bishop J. Kevin Boland Visits Zimbabwe

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

CRS board member Bishop J. Kevin Boland recently visited Zimbabwe, a country hit with staggering unemployment and poverty, a cholera epidemic, and a degraded infrastructure.

He narrates this slide show about his visit and impressions of the people with whom he came in contact.

Zimbabwe Cholera Epidemic Claims More Victims

Monday, February 9th, 2009

The update to our Zimbabwe cholera story is not a good one.

“The World Health Organisation said the epidemic has killed 3,397 people out of 69,317 cases since August, the deadliest outbreak in Africa in 15 years,” according to this Reuters story, courtesy of AlertNet.

Zimbabwe Cholera Worsens, Kills CRS Worker

Friday, December 12th, 2008

We are deeply saddened to learn this morning that one of our CRS staff in Zimbabwe contracted cholera and died. His father died of cholera just days before. Our prayers go out to his family and co-workers.

Zimbabwe’s cholera epidemic is worsening. The latest death toll is about 780 people with about 16,000 affected thus far.

The cholera epidemic is the latest blow to Zimbabweans reeling from a catastrophic unemployment rate, inflation, and deterioration of social and protection infrastructure.

Zimbabwe is just one of more than 100 countries whose people you help when you partner with CRS in reaching the world’s poorest. The global financial crisis has, of course, hurt everyone. It has made helping more difficult even as it increases the desperation of needy people. If you are at all inclined and able to help, know that what may seem an insignificant amount to you is nothing less than life-saving. Even a little bit can make a big difference.