The mission of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is to assist the poor and disadvantaged, leveraging the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to alleviate human suffering, promote development of all people and to foster charity and justice throughout the world. Working through local offices and an extensive network of partners, CRS operates on 5 continents and in 99 countries. CRS aids the poor by first providing direct assistance where needed, then encouraging these people to help with their own development.