CRS Team Stories

Everything changed after 15 March

Meaning “the woman with lovely big eyes” in Arabic, ‘Maha’ is a common name in Egypt. Maha Galal has been working as a Social Work Assistant at CRS since mid-2019,…

Photography, people and a PhD

Rami Elsayed started working with CRS in August 2019 as a Trauma Community Worker, trying to help the Muslim community, particularly the males, cope with the events of 15 March.…

Humble people, majestic landscapes

The Lhotshampa (or ‘southern’) people are ethnic Nepalis living in Bhutan. Many were forcibly expelled by the Bhutanese government in the 1990s and spent several years in refugee camps in…

Language and compassion

In her native Kurdish, ‘Galawezh’ is the name of a summer month and also the planet Venus. Galawezh Noori has been involved with CRS ever since she arrived in Christchurch…

Finding meaning through work

Zeinap Hussein fled the civil war in Somalia and eventually arrived in New Zealand, via Kenya and the Netherlands. She has many roles at CRS, including as a Bilingual Community…
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