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"Before I could only reel in my net by hand 3-4 times a day, but now with a motor I can triple that amount," days Hong. Photo: Patrick Makenen, Caritas Australia

Life without barriers

07 Sep 17

Since 2009, Caritas Australia has funded the Empowering People with Disabilities program. Run by the Sustainable Rural Development Centre (SRD) in Vietnam, thousands of people living with disabilities have accessed their vital services.

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Communities in PNG are building resilience to disasters after some extreme weather events the past few years. Photo: Cassandra Hill, Caritas Australia

Building disaster resilience in Papua New Guinea

04 Sep 17

In 2015 and 2016, El Nino caused widespread drought and frost across Papua New Guinea. An estimated 2.4 million were people affected, with approximately 480,000 of those impacted by severe food shortages.

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Floods in India. Photo: Caritas Australia

Almost 350,000 displaced by flooding in Nepal's Terai region

01 Sep 17

Floods and landslides have displaced almost 350,000 people, with 140 reported dead, according to Executive Director of Caritas Nepal, Fr Silas Bogati. Women and children are particularly affected, with many unable to feed their children as the agricultural sector has been devastated by flooding and landslides.

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Pope Francis calls for us to welcome, protect, promote and integrate refugees and migrants

23 Aug 17

The Vatican has released a message from Pope Francis in the lead-up to World Day of Migrants and Refugees this Sunday 27 August. 

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Remembering William "Bill" Byrne

15 Aug 17

Caritas Australia’s CEO, Paul O’Callaghan has expressed his condolences and acknowledged the enormous contribution of William “Bill” Byrne to Caritas, particularly in its earliest beginnings.

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Photo: Eleanor Trinchera, Caritas Australia

Stand with women around the world this September #WomenfortheWorld

13 Aug 17

This September, women around Australia will be standing in solidarity with women across the world facing poverty and injustice.

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Photo credit: Caritas Australia

Ronjit's story

08 Aug 17

In 2017 the theme of International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is ‘10th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire and Sister Ivy Khoury. Photo: Caritas Australia

Caritas and the Rabbitohs raise awareness for East Africa

04 Aug 17

The relationship between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Caritas Australia is going from strength to strength, with the Rugby League team and Caritas Australia’s Sr Ivy Khoury meeting to discuss the current food crisis in East Africa.

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Volunteers at the St. Stephen's launch, Brisbane. Photo: Margherita Gregory, KISS Photography.

Relive the highlights of Project Compassion 2017

03 Aug 17

We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported Project Compassion this year! We are proud to reveal that together we raised $11 million this campaign, which had the theme of 'Love your Neighbour'.

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Ramskey and her family have changed their lives by participating in the Seedling of Hope program. Photo: Caritas Australia

Entrepreneurs changing communities

12 Jul 17

In Cambodia, where 74,000 people are living with HIV, the social stigma connected to this disease is still strong. But through innovative partnerships like the ‘Seedling of Hope’ program, women are overcoming feelings of shame to become confident entrepreneurs.

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Project Compassion update: Doney doing well in Malawi

06 Jul 17

Quiet and humble, Doney has turned her life and around – along with the fortunes of her remote village in Malawi, Southern Africa, even as most of her country is suffering chronic food shortages.

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How your support is making a difference in East Africa

26 Jun 17

News last week that South Sudan has been declared famine free by the United Nations is a positive step forward in the ongoing food crisis across East Africa, though the situation there is still critical.

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Refugees: An opportunity to grow together

20 Jun 17

In acknowledgement of World Refugee Day (June 20), we share this global ecumenical statement, which Caritas Internationalis is one of 21 signatory groups involved.

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Photo: Majed Chowdhury

Protecting mothers, strengthening communities

19 Jun 17

Nine years ago, Altabanu, a Bangladeshi woman, was living in a leaky bamboo hut and barely able to provide for herself or her children.

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Members of different partners and teams. Photo credit: Sascha Costigan, Caritas Australia

Building relationships and sharing learnings

07 Jun 17

Various Caritas Australia partner agencies in Timor-Leste and members from one of our First Australians partner agencies, Djilpin Arts Aboriginal Corporation, are currently involved in a Programs Exchange in Timor-Leste. 

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Alice and her daughter Janifer. Photo credit: Ilvy Njiokiktjien, Cordaid

Alice's story

01 Jun 17

Seventeen year old Alice has a daughter, Janifer, who is nearly two years old. Alice is pregnant with her second child.

"My husband and I are day labourers. We normally work on the land and then get paid in cash or kind (food) but now there is no work for us because of the drought. My mother-in-law is supporting us but she too has a hard time. We only eat when there is food and that’s not every day."

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Caritas Australia CEO Paul O'Callaghan, Women for the World co-founder Michelle Fernon, Sr. Len and Australian journalist Ben Fordham. Photo: Peter Brennan.

Women unite for the world's most marginalised

30 May 17

In solidarity with women facing the challenging effects of poverty and in the month when Australia celebrates its mothers, over 500 women have come together to stand in solidarity with the world’s poor by attending our Women for the World events.

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Caritas Jerusalem staff (L to R): Harout Bedrossian, Rima Shahin, Nicholas Atallah. Photo: Daniel Nour, Caritas Australia.

Working for peace

29 May 17

Caritas Australia's Content Specialist, Daniel Nour recently went to Israel and the Palestinian territories. During his trip, Daniel visited the Caritas Jerusalem office to learn more about their work and he has shared his experience with us.

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The smoking of Kinchela gate which was thought to be lost. Photo: Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation.

Bringing Them Home, 20 years on

27 May 17

On the 20th Anniversary of the Bringing Them Home Report we encourage all Australians to make new efforts to engage with the challenging national history of the Stolen Generations. 

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Karen with some of her family. Photo: Sascha Costigan, Caritas Australia.

First Australians overcoming challenges

23 May 17

Karen has flourished and grown through Caritas Australia’s support, going from strength to strength, as a mother and community role model.

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