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Boston CRS Ambassadors participate in Kenya visit


  • One of the solar powered water pumps built with the assistance of CRS in Kenya. Courtesy photo
  • Boston CRS delegation members Mary Celeste Brown, Deacon Timothy F. Donohue and Kathleen M. Crawford are pictured during the trip. (Courtesy photo)

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Three Catholic Relief Services Ambassadors from the Archdiocese of Boston were part of a Catholic Relief Services delegation to Kenya to visit CRS projects in Nairobi, Kisumu and Koma Bay. Kathleen M. Crawford, from Our Lady of Sorrows in Sharon, Mary Celeste Brown from Sacred Heart Parish in Roslindale and Deacon Timothy F. Donohue from St. Theresa Parish in Sherborn and Most Precious Blood Parish in Dover were part of the 10 member delegation.

CRS was created by the Catholic bishops during World War II to help care for the victims and refugees from the war. Today CRS is best known for their work during disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti and Nepal or the typhoon in the Philippines. Less well known is their work in agriculture and healthcare in 90 countries around the world touching over 100 million people a year.

The group met with CRS leaders in Nairobi and visited six active CRS projects in three different dioceses. The visits included time with the Special Olympics/ CRS Project in the Koyandware Slum in Nairobi to celebrate the accomplishments of the program for special needs and handicapped children.

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