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Catholic Relief Services (Gambia)
CRS Banjul area Head office
40 Atlantic Road
Fajara M Section, Bakau
PO Box 568, Banjul
Kanifing Municipality, Ksmd
The Gambia, West Africa

Tel no: +220 4498001
Fax:             4498007


228 W. Lexington St.
Maryland 21201-3443
Tel no: +1 888-277-7575

Kairaba Avenue &
60 OAU Boulevard
PO Box 568, Banjul
Tel no: 4227120




The Catholic Relief Services (CRS) was originally established in the USA in 1943 by Catholic Bishops to bring humanitarian relief to the deprived and disadvantaged around the world. It represents the overseas development and humanitarian relief branch of the United States Catholic Conference (USCC) and finances schemes in over 70 countries.

CRS was founded in The Gambia in 1964 and is an NGO status Christian charity mission whose intervention areas are in urban and rural capacity building, agricultural development, microfinance, health & nutrition, malaria control, adult literacy and numeracy skills programs and Aids/HIV advisory.

It runs the Adult Literacy and Early Childhood Care and Development program which is focused in 13 ECCD institutions covering daycare and nursery schools for children from 3 to 7 years old.

Their agricultural development programme aims to move farmers away from subsistence level and onto selling cash crops. To this end it introduced sesame into the Gambian farming system in 1980 because it was drought resistant and less labour intensive during the busy season. It established 16 community based sesame seed oil processing mills around the country in order to stimulate sesame growing and processing.

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