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Unpacking lifesaving PPE in PNG. Photo: Caritas PNG.

Caritas Australia welcomes over $350,000 raised by Catholic Health Australia and its members to support PNG during COVID-19 crisis 

06 May 21

We welcome the incredible $356,200 that Catholic Health Australia members have raised to fight COVID-19 in Papua New Guinea (PNG) 

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Stephanie Lalor is Caritas Australia's Manager, First Australians Program, Credit: Cassandra Hill, Caritas Australia.

Q & A with Stephanie Lalor, our new First Australians Program Manager

04 May 21

Stephanie Lalor has worked at Caritas Australia for over ten years – as our Pacific Programs Manager and more recently as our First Australians Program Manager. She tells us about her inspiration and takes a look at the year ahead.

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Cyclone season wreaks havoc in poor communities

30 Apr 21

In Timor-Leste, Indonesia and the Philippines, cyclone season, which occurs between October and May, swept through low-lying townships, developed cities and villages alike, with incredible force. For the most marginalised and remote communities, natural disasters can have the biggest impact and lead to food insecurity, water shortages and forced displacement. Here's how your support makes a difference.

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Emergency rations are distributed to vulnerable communities through our partner, Caritas India. Photo: Caritas India

Australia sends support to India as country struggles to contain massive second outbreak of COVID-19

28 Apr 21

India is struggling to control a massive surge in COVID-19 cases, with a death toll nearing 200,000, after another 2771 deaths were reported on Tuesday.  

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Caption: Damage caused by floodwaters in Dili. Photo: Caritas Australia

Recovery and resilience in Timor-Leste

26 Apr 21

An estimated 2,000 households and over 9,000 people across Timor-Leste have been affected by intense floods caused by Tropical Cyclone Seroja in early April. The torrential rain and landslides destroyed critical infrastructure across the country and claimed the lives of 45 people.  

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Communities in Fiji are still recovering from the damage after Tropical Cyclone Yasa in December 2020. Photo: Fiji Broadcasting Corporation.

Fiji in lockdown after first community-based transmission of COVID-19 in twelve months

23 Apr 21

Fiji’s two largest cities are in lockdown after the first reported case of COVID-19 community transmission in 12 months. Health authorities have linked the case to a 53-year-old woman from Nadi who was in contact with a soldier in the country’s hotel quarantine system. Five more cases have since been detected.  

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Aerial view of flood damage in Dili. Credit Machel Silveira CRS.

Timor-Leste and Indonesia appeal for support in the wake of devastating floods

07 Apr 21

Tropical Cyclone Seroja struck Timor-Leste and eastern parts of Indonesia on 4 April 2021, inundating the two countries with torrential rain.  

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Houses swept away by the overflowing Comoro River. Photo: Dan Convoy/CRS

Over 100 deaths after Tropical Cyclone Seroja and torrential rain lead to flooding and landslides in Timor-Leste and Indonesia

06 Apr 21

At least 113 people have been killed and dozens more are missing after Tropical Cyclone Seroja hit Indonesia and Timor-Leste on Sunday 4 April.  

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Sabrina Stevens, Caritas Australia Youth Coordinator with Louise Campbell from the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry. Photo: Caritas Australia

Looking back at Project Compassion 2021 across Australia

05 Apr 21

All over the country, Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion has ‘wrapped up’ with grassroots community events. There’s still time to donate to Project Compassion while we take this chance to reflect on the scope and impact of community fundraising and solidarity events which help to spark hope in marginalised communities globally.

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Rither’s passion for our work in Tanzania

01 Apr 21

Rither Mallewo, Coordinator of the Tanzanian A+ Program in the Diocese of Mbulu Development Department (DMDD), speaks about the way that your support has enabled improved community development in Tanzania.

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We are unable to share photos of families at the shelter for their protection. Photo: Caritas Lebanon

Ten years of conflict and displacement for millions of Syrians

31 Mar 21

On March 15 this year, the conflict in Syria turned 10 years old. The Syrian conflict has driven over 6.6 million Syrians to flee the country, and a further 6.7 million people to relocate due to conflict within the country.

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Project Compassion: An Australian Icon

29 Mar 21

Since its inception in 1965, generations of compassionate Australians have participated in Project Compassion, making it one of the nation’s longest running charity campaigns. 

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Caritas Bangladesh Staff Member assesses damage after fires in Cox's Bazar. Photo: Anthony/Caritas Bangladesh

45,000 homeless after fire in Rohingya refugee camp, Cox’s Bazar

25 Mar 21

On March 22, a massive fire swept through the Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, leaving approximately 45,000 people homeless.

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Voice from the Field: Ivy Khoury

23 Mar 21

Sr Ivy Khoury is Caritas Australia’s Program Coordinator for Africa, here’s what she had to say about the lifechanging impact your support enables across much of the continent. 

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Water is the drop of life | World Water Day 2021

22 Mar 21

On World Water Day, we celebrate water and raise awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis.

 

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Health officers from health centre in East Sepik province involved in COVID-19 training. Photo: Caritas Australia/PNG Office

Stepping up to support our neighbours in PNG as mass outbreak of COVID-19 hits the country

18 Mar 21

On March 17, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that Australia will ramp up support to Papua New Guinea, and allocate 8000 vaccines, as well as personal protective equipment and medical specialists to support the country in response to an alarming mass outbreak of COVID-19.

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Wellbeing in Bangladesh: Halima’s story

17 Mar 21

Halima is raising two children in a refugee camp in Bangladesh, while caring for her mother who has a disability. Widowed at just 21, Halima fled violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in 2017, arriving at the camp with nothing.  

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Improved health in Indonesia: Arsad’s story

10 Mar 21

Arsad, an Indonesian farmer, had no toilet in his home so he had to walk into the forest to the open defecation area, even at night or in the rain. Around 17 percent of Indonesia’s rural population practice open defecation, with many unaware that it contributes to spreading diseases. 

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Communities come together online and in person this Lent

09 Mar 21

All across Australia, you have joined the groundswell of support to 'Be More' for Project Compassion. The coronavirus pandemic has not stopped communities from connecting, virtually, or in person, to raise money for essential support and supplies for those poor communities most vulnerable to the disease.  

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Thriving in Tanzania: Oliva’s story

03 Mar 21

Oliva, a twenty-two-year-old woman living in Tanzania with her farmer husband, two young sons and an adopted niece and nephew, didn’t have the opportunity to go to school growing up.

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