A Recap of 2009:
This year, Christian Relief Services celebrates its 25th year of service. Over the years, we have been joining forces with communities around the world to fight poverty and give those in need a chance at a better tomorrow.
Christian Relief Services’ Executive Director, Paul Krizek, visiting a Haitian orphanage in 1995 during the construction of Hope Hospital.
We are proud to say that our important work has made a notable difference in communities in the United States, Africa, Haiti and Lithuania.
Christian Relief Services’ efforts improved thousands of lives in 2009, alone. For example, we teamed up with Bread and Water for Africa, one of our affiliate organizations, to ship medical supplies, hygiene items, shoes, clothing, tools, and school supplies including textbooks all valued at over 9 million dollars to partner organizations in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone and Zambia. Christian Relief also supports sustainable grassroots programs in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Burundi and Cameroon.
Along with Americans Helping Americans (AHA), Christian Relief distributed over 1,000 pairs of new boots and 1,000 warm blankets to Appalachian children in West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina in 2009. Since July 1, 2009 Christian Relief and AHA also provided special food boxes to 8,995 individuals in the Appalachian region of West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. For the holidays, Christian Relief gave Appalachian families over 10,000 whole turkeys and supplemental food, including fresh fruits, vegetables, bread and a dessert item. Christian Relief continued its support of service enriched housing and community centers, as well as local affordable and transitional housing programs.
On American Indian reservations, Christian Relief worked with American Indian Youth Running Strong, to distribute food and supplies to 12 American Indian-run church and community food banks and food pantries. In 2009, Christian Relief provided over 2,000,000 pounds of food for over 29,000 individuals, as well as 32,000 holiday turkeys and 162,000 pounds of food for Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday meals.
Over 3,000 children received 5,000 new winter coats, 7,000 new blankets, 5,000 pairs of new shoes and school supplies. In addition, Christian Relief funded the construction of water wells, community gardens and emergency heating.
The early years. Eugene (Gene) Krizek, founder of Christian Relief Services, with a newly installed water well on an Indian Reservation.
My father founded this organization out of his home 25 years ago with not very much more than a vision and a willingness to work hard for those less fortunate than himself. It is an honor and a privilege to be able to continue his work today with the help of Christian Relief Service’s dedicated staff, our inspiring partners across the world, and kind and generous friends like you who have made all of this possible.
Thank you and God bless,
Christian Relief Services