Disaster Relief

CRMF has provided has regularly provided funding to help in disaster and crisis situations.

This is one of the worst cyclone I am seeing in Madagascar. Hundreds of villages destroyed. It’s heart breaking to see the hundreds of villages ravaged. Most of the agricultural crops completely destroyed. 

~ Br. Edwin Joseph, OSG, regarding February’s storm. He has lived and worked in Madagascar for more than ten years.

Cyclone Giovanna (February 2012)

On Tuesday, 2/14, the Tamatave region received a direct hit from Cyclone Giovanna. Thousands lost their homes, businesses, and local schools in the storm and flooding that followed. Many CRMF families lost the gardens that served as both food for their family and as a source of income. Disease then followed, with devastating results. Among those who lost their lives was an entrepreneur in the microlending program and mother of seven children. Are thoughts and prayers are with her family. Thanks to an emergency grant, CRMF was able to assist ONG St. Gabriel in providing continuous access to clean water and sanitation.

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Foulepoint Fire (Summer 2009)

When a cooking fire lead to the destruction of 80% of this small town, CRMF provided immediate relief in terms of clothing and cookware.

Cyclone Ivan (Spring 2008)

With winds of 185 miles per hour, this storm resulted in loss of life, destruction of homes and excessive flooding. A national state of catastrophe was declared, as thousands of trees and crops were destroyed. Emergency grants provided aid to rebuild fishponds, rice paddies, schools, homes and purchase new seed.

Educational Funding (2004)

CRMF provided funding to keep rural elementary schools open during country’s financial crisis.

Emergency Nutritional Support (2005)

When local officials raised a concern about growing malnutrition amongst children, CRMF helped by stocking rural shops with vitamin enriched food packets. Mothers received instructions on preparation and a visit from a trained professional.

Cyclone Kinsey (2002)

With winds of 185 miles per hour, this storm resulted in loss of life, destruction of homes and excessive flooding. A national state of catastrophe was declared, as thousands of trees and crops were destroyed. Emergency grants provided aid to rebuild fishponds, rice paddies, schools, homes and purchase new seed.