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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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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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Caritas Lebanon staff responding to blast.

Hope from the ashes: rebuilding Beirut after a devastating explosion 

01 Mar 21

After a devastating explosion rocked a city and a society which was already facing enormous challenges, your support is helping to rebuild and restore livelihoods in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut. 

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Voice from the Field: Willy Tan

26 Feb 21

For Arsad in Indonesia, improved hygiene and infrastructure have improved his family’s health. Willy Tan, Caritas Australia’s Program Coordinator for Indonesia and the Philippines, explains how.

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Security in the Solomon Islands: Margret’s Story

24 Feb 21

Margret, is a teacher at a vocational school for deaf students in the Solomon Islands. She was born deaf so she knows the challenges it poses to education and employment.  

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Your support of community safety in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

23 Feb 21

DRC faces multiple threats, tackling new Ebola outbreak amidst fears of first COVID-19 era famine. Caritas Australia’s Africa Program Co-ordinator reflects on two decades of work in the Democratic Republic of Congo and its current situation

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Caritas Australia stands in solidarity with the people of Myanmar

18 Feb 21

Caritas Australia stands in solidarity with the people of Myanmar during these particularly challenging times. We pray for all of the people in Myanmar, especially the vulnerable and marginalised communities who will be most severely impacted by the recent political upheavals.

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Hope in an unlikely place: Jamila's story

18 Feb 21

Jamila, a twenty-two-year old single mother, lives in the world’s largest refugee camp in in Bangladesh. A Rohingya woman, she fled the armed conflict in Myanmar’s Rakhine State to save herself, her elderly mother and eight-month-old baby daughter. 

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Shrove Tuesday celebration with Archbishop Patrick O'Regan at Thomas More College, Adelaide.

Lockdowns no barrier to communities striving to ‘Be More’ with Project Compassion 2021

17 Feb 21

At a time of such upheaval and challenge across the globe, possibly the greatest world-wide challenges since the inception of Project Compassion, Caritas Australia encourages all Australians to ‘Be More’ this year to help vulnerable communities.

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Caritas India has encouraged social distancing at handpumps and other public facilities. Photo: Caritas India.

Caritas India receives prestigious Mahatma Gandhi award for its response to COVID-19

09 Feb 21

Caritas Australia’s partner, Caritas India, has recently been awarded the prestigious Mahatma Gandhi Award 2020 for COVID-19 Humanitarian Efforts.

The award recognises the tireless work of Caritas India during the pandemic to reach the most vulnerable communities.

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Caritas Australia responds to emergencies across Fiji, Indonesia and Tonga

25 Jan 21

Natural disasters, including two cyclones and  an earthquake, have struck the Asia-Pacfic in recent months, with already vulnerable communities struggling to deal with displacement and upheaval, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

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low res Damages to infrastructure, homes & schools in the Northern Division in Fiji credit Meli Onnyson Onesemo Apia

Tropical Cyclone Yasa makes for a ‘tough Christmas’ across the Pacific

18 Dec 20

The intensity of Cyclone Yasa, which made landfall at 6pm Thursday December 17 on the second of Fiji’s main islands, Vanua Levu, while also crossing a number of smaller islands, has shocked villagers and upended entire communities.

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Human trafficking is a global problem

10 Dec 20

As part of Human Rights Day, we are looking at human trafficking, and the vital importance of universal human rights to prevent the exploitation of people through trafficking.

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International Day of People with Disability

03 Dec 20

On International Day of People with Disability, we would like to share the inspirational story of nine year old Phuong from Vietnam.

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Hope from crisis: Lebanon two months after the Beirut explosion

18 Nov 20

More than two months after the explosion that tore through Beirut, killing over 100 people, wounding over 5000 and leaving over 300,000 homeless, the Caritas network, through your support, is on the ground responding to ongoing and urgent needs.

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DRC faces multiple threats, amidst fears of first COVID-19 era famine

12 Nov 20

Caritas Australia’s Africa Program Co-ordinator reflects on two decades of work in the Democratic Republic of Congo and its current situation with COVID-19, Ebola outbreaks and the looming food crisis.

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Typhoon Goni wreaks havoc across Manide indigenous lands in the Philippines

11 Nov 20

Typhoon Goni struck Luzon Island in the Philippines last week – the world’s strongest storm this year killing at least 20 people and affecting over 400,000 people, many of whom remain in evacuation centres over a week later.

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Christmas Gifts that make a difference

10 Nov 20

This year has been a tough one for all of us. But sometimes, if you’re able to bring hope to others, it can also make you feel more hopeful. And what better time to spread hope than in the season of giving?

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NAIDOC Week 2020 – November 8-15

09 Nov 20

As we mark NAIDOC Week 2020, Caritas Australia would like to pay tribute to the work of its partner organisation, Red Dust Healing. This year’s theme, ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.

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Martina lives in the Quelicai municipality in Timor-Leste with her 8 children. Martina separated from her husband due to violence in the home and sought refuge at a women’s shelter.
Photo Credit: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia

Sustainable Development Goals: How to change the world

17 Oct 20

The Sustainable Development Goals were developed by the United Nations to provide a roadmap for global development until 2030. Today, on World Development Information Day, we’re taking a deep dive into goal 5 – gender equality.

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