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Through drones and GIS mapping Villanova advances Catholic Relief Services efforts in Madagascar

From introducing drone technology to conducting research for water-related projects, Villanovans collaberate with CRS staff in Madagascar on humamtarian initatives....more.  


Building solidarity through education, research, advocacy and service.



Catholic Relief Services gives active witness to the mandate of Jesus Christ to respond to human needs by:

  • responding to victims of natural and man-made disasters
  • providing assistance to the poor to alleviate their immediate needs
  • supporting self-help programs which involve people and communities in their own development
  • helping those it serves to restore and preserve their dignity and to realize their potential
  • collaborating with religious and non-sectarian persons and groups of goodwill in programs and projects which contribute to a more equitable society
  • helping to educate the people of the United States to fulfill their moral responsibilities in alleviating human suffering, removing its causes and promoting social justice


In May of 2005, CRS and Villanova University signed a Memorandum of Understanding, a formal agreement to work collaboratively to advance global solidarity through education, research, advocacy and service.

On October 27, 2015 Villanova University and Catholic Relief Services signed a collaborative agreement on activities related to CRS' programming in Madagascar that includes: improving the health and nutrition of pregnant women and children, increasing and diversifying household incomes, alleviating the impact of natural disasters, and accessing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene.



The goal of the CRS/Villanova partnership is to form a mutually consultative collaboration that will be integrated into the structures of each institution in conformity with each institution's culture. The partnership will lead to clear outcomes that include more knowledgeable and empowered constituencies who:

  • are formed by Catholic social thought and tradition
  • live their faith in solidarity with one human family
  • are more aware of the poor overseas and in the United States
  • take advantage of greater opportunities to engage on issues of social justice
  • understand and appreciate diversity of other cultures
  • have an international perspective

Advisory Board

Partnership Administration
Barbara Wall, Director
Daniel L. Griffin, Program Director
Trudy Pacella, Administrative Assistant
Maureen McCullough, JD (CRS)
Danielle Corea (CRS)

College of Nursing
Ruth McDermott-Levy       

Law School
Michele Pistone

Student Ambassadors
Claire Leroux

School of Business

College of Engineering
Iain Hunt

Center for Peace and Justice Education
Kathyn Getek-Soltis                   
William Stehl


Contact Us

Villanova University's Partnership Coordinator and CRS Ambassadors' Advisor:
Dan Griffin
Corr Hall, Rm 5

CRS Senior Administrative Assistant
Trudy Pacella 
Corr Hall, Rm 3

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