THE Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has commemorated its 60th year of presence in Tanzania, vowing to remain committed to human development by responding to major emergencies, fighting disease and poverty and nurturing peaceful and just societies.
The CRS President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr Sean Callahan said in a statement that, “As CRS globally turns 80, it is a great honor to have been present in Tanzania for 60 years, working side by side with the local Catholic Church, our partners and the communities we serve and it continues to be a great responsibility given the trust bestowed on us,”
He said CRS has been serving Tanzanian communities since 1962.
At a time when humanitarian needs globally are at an all-time high, CRS continue supporting locally-catalysed change at scale in the country by working hand in hand with interfaith leaders, national partners and local communities in their pathway to prosperity and resilience against the negatives effect of today’s main challenges, including gender issues, youth access to markets and finance, food insecurity and climate change.
The CRS Tanzania 60th anniversary celebration started on Tuesday with a memory wall showcasing CRS’ most notable accomplishments from the past 60 years in Tanzania.
The interactive market stalls that showcase CRS’ current programmes, speeches from the CRS President, CRS Tanzania Country Manager, a church representative, and a government official as well testimonials from staff and partners, and a contemporary poetry performance.
In support to the Tanzania Ministry of Health’s commitment to ensure the health and well-being of all Tanzania citizens in the fight against Covid-19, CRS will facilitate a Covid-19 vaccination booth at the event.
The CRS Tanzania has been working with the most vulnerable people in remote and underserved communities in Tanzania since 1962.
Today, the country programme supports projects in health, nutrition and early childhood development, gender inclusion, youth empowerment and entrepreneurship, climate change, as well as water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).