07 Sep 21
Lebanon has reached boiling point due to an enduring a series of crises that have been escalating over the past 18 months. Today, the population faces a dire humanitarian crisis, with the country rapidly running out of power, water, fuel, medicine and food.
03 Sep 21
The situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate, with decades of political and civil unrest, drought and economic instability leaving a devastating toll on a country that now faces even more uncertainty.
19 Aug 21
Afghanistan is facing an unfolding humanitarian crisis, giving a tragic relevance to this year’s World Humanitarian Day.
17 Aug 21
Around the world, millions of women and girls continue to live in poverty, facing the challenges of gender inequality and discrimination, with poor or limited access to health care and education. But you can help change that.
16 Aug 21
An increasing number of communities throughout Australia are set to reap the reward of a partnership that’s been struck between Caritas Australia and the Aboriginal Carbon Foundation.
15 Aug 21
A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the south of Haiti on Saturday August 14, causing widespread destruction, reducing buildings to rubble and causing at least 300 deaths.
11 Aug 21
A message from the field, following weeks of floods, which have hit Bangladesh's Cox's refugee camps hard.
Inmanuel Chayan Biswas, Head of Operations, Emergency Response program for Caritas Bangladesh, says thousands of Rohingya refugees have been displaced, their shelters damaged and food is now in short supply.
05 Aug 21
A year ago, a tragic explosion in Beirut killed over 200 people, injured more than 7,500 and left about 300,000 homeless. The blast occurred at a time when the Lebanese economy was in freefall and COVID-19 was sweeping across the nation.
03 Aug 21
Q & A with Emma Dawson, Pacific Program Manager, Caritas Australia. In the first year of the pandemic, the Pacific was quite lucky in that most countries almost went a year without any COVID-19 cases. In 2021, we’ve seen really concerning rises in the number of confirmed cases, particularly in Papua New Guinea and Fiji. This has had a big impact on their flailing health systems, poverty levels and their economies, and we have also been seeing a rise in cases of gender-based violence.
01 Aug 21
Indonesia has recorded its highest daily death toll from Covid-19, amid a second serious outbreak of COVID-19. As it continues to battle the spread of the virulent Delta variant, with your support, we’re working on the ground to help the most vulnerable, marginalized communities.
30 Jul 21
World faces most significant increase in hunger in decades
A report released by the UN this month shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to the most significant increase in world hunger in decades, with global hunger increasing last year by 18 per cent compared to the year before.
30 Jul 21
This World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on July 30, Caritas Australia celebrates its partner, Caritas Cambodia, working to help prevent human trafficking.
28 Jul 21
Women for the World brings Australians together to support vulnerable woman and girls around the world. It’s an initiative that crosses borders, connects communities and creates lasting change.
06 Jul 21
Over a month has passed since a volcano erupted, killing at least 32 people and displacing over 400,000 more in the Democratic Republic of Congo, yet hundreds of thousands of people remain in urgent need.
05 Jul 21
Founder of Red Dust Healing, Tom Powell, is concerned about Australia’s suicide rate and the impacts on families. Amid droughts, floods, bushfires, mouse plagues and COVID-19, many in regional areas of Australia, in particular, are doing it tough.
05 Jul 21
As Australians line up for their COVID-19 vaccinations, the world’s most vulnerable communities continue to struggle with deadly outbreaks – with little hope of a vaccine in sight.
01 Jul 21
In the wake of the devastating outbreak of COVID-19 in Papua New Guinea, the majority of communities in remote areas still have extremely limited knowledge of the virus and how to prevent its spread.
20 Jun 21
This World Refugee Day, we’re celebrating the Rohingya refugees working together to improve living conditions and community safety in Cox’s Bazar, the largest refugee camp in the world.
04 Jun 21
Today is World Environment Day, the United Nations day for encouraging global awareness and action to protect our shared environment.
31 May 21
Bernard Balibuno, who works for our local partner organisation, CAFOD, recently spoke to us about the current situation on the ground in the DRC.
28 May 21
In addition to the devastating loss of life from COVID-19, the country has been hit by two extreme cyclones in as many weeks.
22 May 21
Take a look at the First Australian partners we work with, towards creating a more equitable and reconciled Australia.
21 May 21
Every day, Timorese women like Martina seek refuge from domestic violence.
17 May 21
Caritas Australia stands in solidarity with the people of Jerusalem and Gaza as the region experiences perhaps the worst outbreak of violent conflict in decades.
12 May 21
Last night’s Federal Budget was disappointing: it brought few new aid commitments, apart from a promise of support for India and the Pacific.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
23 Apr 21
Fiji’s two largest cities are in lockdown after the first reported case of COVID-19 community transmission in 12 months.
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.
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.
05 Apr 21
We've been thrilled to see the level of community support for Project Compassion this year shown through community events. Take a look at some of the recent community events that have made a difference.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
15 Oct 20
In Africa, villagers are facing increasing food insecurity, and rural women are some of the hardest hit. As part of the International Day of Rural Women this year, we are highlighting how women’s empowerment plays a vital role in increasing their food security.
11 Oct 20
On the International Day of the Girl Child on October 11, we celebrate girls around the world and support them as they strive for equality, economic and social change.
07 Oct 20
Last night, the government announced that Australia will increase economic support for COVID-19 response and recovery in the Pacific region by $304.7 million over the next two years.
05 Oct 20
This World Teachers’ Day, Caritas Australia celebrates the many teachers around the world who bring hope to the next generation through education and mentorship.
01 Oct 20
On International Day of Older Persons, Caritas Australia would like to pay tribute to older people involved in its programs around the world, like Afiron in Bangladesh, who is 100 years old.
21 Sep 20
“Shaping Peace Together” is the theme of this year’s International Day of Peace, on September 21. This year, the United Nations has called on communities globally to work together to fight a new common enemy – COVID-19.
03 Sep 20
On the International Day of Charity, Caritas Australia is highlighting the importance of working with local communities to enable them to become the architects of their own development.
12 Aug 20
Through presentations, interactive workshops and questions and answers sessions, our team of Social and Ecological Justice Animators bring life to the mission and goals of Caritas Australia within the community.
26 Jun 20
There is no respite for over 1.3 million people needing humanitarian assistance in the densely populated Cox’s Bazar. On the back of Cyclone Amphan’s wrath, an imposing monsoonal season and the threat posed by COVID-19, the community is facing a triple threat and a catastrophic humanitarian crisis.
19 Jun 20
Aiya is one of over 93,000 people, mostly from the Karen or Karenni ethnic groups, who live in nine camps along the border, who have endured decades of displacement, after fleeing widespread conflict in Myanmar.
11 Jun 20
Jephas Tichapondwa says his initial challenge when COVID-19 hit Zimbabwe was helping people in rural communities to understand this new virus. “To many, coronavirus was a disease for the people in town and people in other countries”
06 Jun 20
05 Jun 20
On June 5 every year millions of people in more than 100 countries celebrate World Environment Day. The theme this year for World Environment Day is ‘Celebrate Biodiversity’.
25 May 20
In 2012, four Aboriginal elders in Western Sydney, founded the Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation to connect with families in the local community and to provide them with support.
19 May 20
After the initial shock generated by the global coronavirus pandemic, Caritas Australia and our in-country partners are adapting long-term responses to survive.
16 May 20
To celebrate the 5th anniversary of the encyclical, Laudato Si', Caritas Australia spoke with Head of Mission, Sister Jo Brady, to learn about its relevance today.
15 May 20
Every year, the United Nations mark the International Day of Families. This annual day is held to raise awareness and educate about the value of family in social development.
01 May 20
Caritas Australia and its partners are carrying out health promotion activities in 130 villages and 19 health centres in four provinces in Cambodia. They are principally focused on raising health awareness, distributing hygiene products and delivering WASH programs.
22 Apr 20
On April 22, 1970, an incredible 20 million people took to the streets to protest oil spills, pollution, the loss of wilderness and the extinction of wildlife. This was the first Earth Day—a pivotal moment in the modern environmental movement, which has since grown into the largest civic event in the world.
10 Apr 20
Easter is the annual festival and holiday revered by people all over the world and is filled with hope, joy and gestures of solidarity. For Christians, it is the holiest day on the liturgical calendar.
09 Apr 20
Jim Curtain is the Diocesan Director in Melbourne and a highly valued member of the Caritas family. Jim works with the parish community and a supportive Caritas team, advocating and supporting the rights of vulnerable communities around the world.
07 Apr 20
In Indonesia, the Caritas network is working with marginalised communities to equip them with all of the necessities they require for good hygiene and nutrition during the COVID-19 pandemic.
27 Mar 20
This Saturday, people all over the world will switch off their lights to help the planet as a part of the Earth Hour campaign. But in many countries, energy can be a serious problem.
21 Mar 20
Djilpin Arts is a Caritas Australia supported project, fostering the development of social harmony, cultural identity, healing, leadership and the creation of culturally meaningful enterprises in an inclusive and cohesive setting.
20 Mar 20
For Caritas Australia’s Head of Mission, Sister Jo Brady, happiness is also about ‘living and let live’ as well as the universal call to justice.
Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation launches the nation’s first Stolen Generations Mobile Education Centre
19 Mar 20
On 13 February 2020, the 12th anniversary of our former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s apology to Australia’s Indigenous peoples, Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation (KBHAC) launched the nation’s first Stolen Generations Mobile Education Centre.
12 Mar 20
Read a blog by our Caritas CEO Kirsty Robertson, who recently visited a prison program in Ratanakiri where Caritas through its partner Caritas Cambodia is helping to change lives.
11 Mar 20
Caritas Australia, through its work worldwide, has found that while women often bear the brunt of environmental changes, they are also leaders in finding practical solutions to cope with disasters and erratic weather patterns.
14 Feb 20
Mintu, a tobacco farmer, was trying his best to make a living out of his small plot of land. With Caritas Australia’s support, he and other farmers learnt sustainable new farming techniques. Diversifying their crops, they’re now running a collective farming enterprise, based around tropical fruits.
15 Jan 20
The Caritas Network is on the ground in Quezon Province in the Philippines following a series of volcanic eruptions which have the potential to affect half a million people, according to United Nations.
09 Jan 20
Uncle Willie and Uncle Harold were taken to Kinchela Aboriginal Boys Training Home (KBH) in Kempsey, New South Wales – a ‘home’ run by the NSW Government for over 50 years to house Aboriginal boys that were taken from their families.
22 Dec 19
For 21-year-old Sharada, a Nepalese woman learning agricultural techniques in the Parbat district of central Nepal, the Caritas Australia supported Nepal Livelihoods and Resilience program has completely changed the way she farms.
18 Dec 19
Imanuel Bay, 31, lives in the village of Fatukoto in the Tengah Selatan District of West Timor. Though farming has the potential to be a profitable profession in Timor-Leste, it was untenable for Imanuel because of an uncertain climate and a lack of training.
18 Dec 19
This December, over 200 Australians and 15 Pacific Church and community leaders gathered at Parliament House in Canberra. We met with our nation’s politicians to share our support for Australia’s aid program and discuss what the Pacific Step Up means for Pacific peoples.
17 Dec 19
Over the course of her diverse career, Angela led and participated in several advocacy campaigns and working groups, including Project Compassion, the International and National Lenten speakers’ programs and Diocesan Director conference committees.
16 Dec 19
Did you know that nations like Australia have a ‘nest egg’ – a pot of money they invest for future financial security, just like individuals? It’s our national sovereign wealth fund. In Australia, it’s called our ‘Future Fund'.
16 Dec 19
Twenty-two year old, Shukuru Lubung Esther was among 52 young people who recently took part in Ebola virus awareness training in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
13 Dec 19
Teruabine Anna Nuariki, climate activist and Caritas partner from Kiribati Climate Action Network, has presented at COP25 for a second time, speaking of innovative climate adaptations happening in her island nation of Kiribati.
12 Dec 19
Meet Bella, a student at Santa Sabina College, who has just won a national short film competition run by Caritas Australia.
10 Dec 19
Salma lives with her husband, Masud, in the rural community of Gazipur, two hours from Bangladesh’s bustling capital. During her first pregnancy, Salma was very sick, she experienced abdominal pain and couldn’t eat. She sought the help of a midwife called Pronoti, trained by Caritas Australia’s Safe Motherhood Program.
09 Dec 19
When Vannak left school at 15 to support his family he felt a sense of hopelessness and knew that he could end up in a youth gang. The Youth Empowerment Project, run by Caritas Australia’s partner, Youth for Peace, gave Vannak a whole new sense of direction.
04 Dec 19
Sr Louise McKeogh has contributed her love and compassion as Diocesan Director and Social Justice Coordinator for the Parramatta diocese, since 2012. Along this journey, Sr Louise has been guided by a strong sense of service and passion for justice.
04 Dec 19
Teruabine Anna Nuariki from Kiribati Climate Action Network is attending COP25, happening now in Madrid. Anna has delivered an incredibly powerful speech at a press conference, representing her people and the concerns of thousands who call the Pacific their home.
03 Dec 19
Today marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities an annual observance established by the United Nations in 1992. On this day the rights and well-being of people living with a disability are commemorated.
28 Nov 19
The State of the Environment for Oceania Report 2019 has been released by Caritas Australia. It’s a collaborative production between Caritas Australia’s sister agencies in Oceania, Aotearoa New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa, and Papua New Guinea. The stories woven throughout the report, amplify voices of youth, scientists, Indigenous people and those close to the land. As the climate emergency in Oceania escalates, Caritas is calling for urgent, coordinated climate action.
19 Nov 19
20 November 2019 marks Universal Children’s Day a celebration of the international rights of the child and a call for peace. Universal Children’s Day is an opportunity for communities to come together to improve child welfare worldwide.
19 Nov 19
The Caritas network is on the ground providing emergency relief and support in the aftermath of Cyclone Bulbul, which made landfall in West Bengal on November 9th, causing significant damage.
05 Nov 19
Jamie Jing is Caritas Australia’s talented volunteer graphic designer. 24-year-old Jamie, who is originally from China, completed International Politics for her bachelor degree in China and is also completing a Master of Design at UNSW.
31 Oct 19
“When I started learning about climate change in school, I found out how droughts, floods and increased storm activity affect the livelihoods of people all over the world,” We spoke to Lachlan Brannan – a South Australian university student fighting for climate justice.
29 Oct 19
Since the escalation of violence in Syria in March 2011, 5 million Syrians have been displaced from the country and 6 million are internally displaced. With more than 13 million people in need of assistance, the conflict has caused untold suffering for Syrian men, women and children.
24 Oct 19
Caritas Australia provides emergency response, resilience and recovery programs in 22 countries throughout the world. This support empowers people who are living in crisis, conflict or the aftermath of disasters, to gradually rebuild their lives.
23 Oct 19
This year Caritas Nepal is celebrating its 30th anniversary of walking alongside the people of Nepal helping them face humanitarian crises, social injustice and poverty for a more prosperous and resilient future.
23 Oct 19
On April 25, 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, killing 8,800 people, injuring over 22,000 and destroying in excess of 6,000 homes. This was accompanied by a severe aftershock a fortnight later on 12 May.
17 Oct 19
Approximately 3% of Australians (700,000 people) experience poverty. People living in single parent families, the unemployed, disabled, Indigenous Australians and children living in jobless households are especially at risk of entrenched poverty.
15 Oct 19
Sabina Sulovsky is the face behind Project Mamma - a health, fitness and wellness program for busy women and mothers. As part of her support for Women for the World, she kindly donated 3 Transformation Well-being packages worth $1,999 each.
15 Oct 19
Since the Turkish military operation commenced in the afternoon of 9 October 2019, there have been continuing reports of intense shelling and airstrikes along the north-east Syrian border.
03 Oct 19
Saturday 5 October marks International Teacher’s day, celebrating the success of teachers throughout the world, creating a bright future for students. The day also affirms the importance of recruiting the best young talent, retaining their expertise and inspiring a lifelong love of learning.
26 Sep 19
I've come to Australia for the Women for the World event.
I really am grateful to Caritas Australia for having invited me here. This is a wonderful event, particularly for women.
24 Sep 19
Caritas Australia has been celebrating its annual Women for the World campaign. This momentous celebration of female empowerment is uniting women in solidarity across Australia. Luncheons have been held in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra.
19 Aug 19
Eleanor Trinchera is Caritas Australia’s Program Coordinator, Bangladesh, Nepal and the Philippines. She has had a colourful career in the 10 years she has worked for Caritas, witnessing many crises faced by the countries she oversees but most importantly, the resilience and determination of the communities she works with.
Today, on World Humanitarian Day, we asked her about her experiences.
07 Aug 19
Over the last two years, the Caritas Protection Program in Lebanon has become a critical initiative towards meeting the protection needs of 900 women and children displaced by the violence.
29 Jul 19
We spoke to Anu about Bidiliiia, her interest in Women for the World and how women in business can empower vulnerable women to be architects of their own destiny.
26 Jul 19
Through the Caritas Education Program (CEP), Caritas Australia, along with our partners Caritas Jordan, Catholic Relief Services are helping 2355 Syrian refugee children with access to education across eight local parish schools in seven areas of Jordan.
25 Jul 19
Human trafficking is a horrific crime that exploits men, women and children worldwide and is a severe violation of human rights. It is estimated that millions of people are trafficked annually into vulnerable situations.
20 Jun 19
It has been described by the UNHCR as “one of the largest exoduses of refugees witnessed in recent decades.” Here’s some essential facts about the Rohingya crisis.
05 Jun 19
Laudato Si' was written by Pope Francis, but is not limited to Catholic audience. Neither is it an essay on climate change exclusively. The encyclical is addressed to all citizens of the world and comments on the deteriorating relationship between people and nature.
Red Dust Healing: The Importance of Cultural Healing Programs written from an Indigenous Perspective
29 May 19
Caritas Australia has walked in solidarity with the First Peoples of Australia for over 40 years, being guided by respect and a belief in subsidiarity. Community members are best placed to understand the issues that affect them, and to formulate the subsequent solutions.
22 May 19
Tjanpi Desert Weavers works with over 400 women living on their traditional lands across 350,000 square kilometres, helping women support their families and those under their care.
21 May 19
For many people, disability and poverty are intrinsically linked. People living in poverty are at higher risk of having a physical, sensory, mental or intellectual impairment, due to a range of factors such as unsafe living conditions and inadequate access to health services.
07 May 19
Tropical Cyclone Fani made landfall on May 4, with wind speeds of up to 175 kilometres per hour. Early warnings have ensured around 1.6 million people have taken shelter in cyclone-safe accommodation.
23 Apr 19
Caritas Australia is deeply saddened by the news of the violent attacks in Sri Lanka over the Easter Weekend.
18 Apr 19
Moved by twelve-year-old Thandolwayo’s experience of walking seven kilometres a day to retrieve clean water, the students of St Pius X, Adamstown, sought to make a difference. Around 1000 students took part in a three kilometre walk of solidarity and raised $17,520 for this year’s Project Compassion.
03 Apr 19
Read a reflection from Livia Lingenti, Year 9 Faith Leader from Santa Maria College Northcote, Victoria.
26 Mar 19
Cyclone Idai has caused widespread devastation across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. The tropical Cyclone made landfall in Mozambique on March 14 and an estimated 1.8 million people, including 900 000 children have been seriously affected.
Entire villages have been submerged and houses, schools and health care centres have been completely destroyed. The current death toll is said to be over 750 with 110 000 people congregating in improvised camps, but numbers are said to rise.
22 Mar 19
On the 14th of October 2018, Pope Francis canonised seven saints in Rome’s Saint Peter’s Square – a ceremony years in the making. Canonisation is a lengthy process that involves extensive investigation into the subject’s life, approval from different councils and authorities and two miracles.
Among those canonised was Oscar Arnulfo Romero – a profound figure to Caritas, the Catholic Church and El Salvador overall. So, who was he and why is he an important person to commemorate?
20 Mar 19
Coming from one of the wealthiest countries in the world, it is challenging to recognise the scale of extreme poverty in Australia’s region and around the world. An example of this is that about 600 million people lack access to clean water and the 2.3 billion people have no basic sanitation.
Since the launch of Project Compassion on March 6, students, parishes and community supporters throughout Australia have taken action in an effort to make a difference on this situation. Fundraising for Caritas Australia’s international programs as part of our main annual appeal, Project Compassion, has officially begun.
18 Mar 19
Caritas Australia was deeply saddened by the events that occurred in Christchurch last Friday. We want to express our profound sorrow and grief to victims, family and friends affected by this tragic act of violence. In particular, we stand in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters in New Zealand, Australia and throughout the world. We are united with you, as well as to all the people of New Zealand, in mourning. We continue to pray for the end of violence and for peace throughout the world.
08 Mar 19
When communities experience poverty, women and girls bear the burden greatly. They’re often tasked with managing their households’ consumption where resources are already quite scarce. This was the case for twelve-year-old Thadolwayo from Zimbabwe, our feature story from this year’s Project Compassion.
23 Dec 18
At least 220 people have been killed and 843 people injured on the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra when a tsunami struck areas around the Sunda Strait late on Saturday following a sub-sea landslide caused by a volcanic eruption.
Caritas Australia's Asia and Humanitarian Emergencies staff have contacted our partners in Indonesia, who are monitoring the situation closely.
21 Dec 18
While it’s normal to set New Years Resolutions such as “lose weight” or “eat healthily”, this sort of goal setting often leads to failure a few weeks (or days in). Feeling disheartened, you give up and revert to old habits.
Rather than setting a goal based on a particular target (like “Exercise every day” or “Stop eating chocolate”), try this instead:
What one word – a core quality -- do you want to embody in 2019?
19 Dec 18
The remarkable strength, resilience and hope of the communities Caritas works with, despite the many challenges they face was a source of inspiration for Paul O’Callaghan, Caritas Australia’s CEO, during a recent visit to communities in Indonesia.
Across Indonesia, Caritas Australia's programs through our partners like Caritas Indonesia (Karina), and a Muslim social support agency in West Java, Laz Harfa, focus on issues including disaster preparedness, livelihoods improvement, community health and community empowerment.
18 Dec 18
As we say goodbye to another fruitful year, we reflect on 2018 and the many stories of hope, determination and strength that have inspired us.
It is only through the immense generosity of you, our supporters, which have made our work this year possible.
10 Dec 18
If you look at Christ’s birth and death with today’s eyes, you could think he was a loser; born in a stable and thirty-three years later crucified by his own people like a common criminal.
Despite his lowly birth and his humiliating and agonising death, through the events in his life, this man of very humble origins revolutionised how we see the poor and marginalised, how we think of power and who we deem to be “winners” and “losers” in our world.
28 Nov 18
On International Day of People with Disability, December 3rd, Caritas Australia celebrates the achievements of the thousands of people who have taken part in its program in Vietnam – “Empowering People with Disabilities."
Supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) and run by Caritas Australia’s partner in Vietnam, Sustainable Rural Development (SRD), the program helps young people gain access to inclusive education and health services, develop livelihood skills and strengthens the skills of teachers and parents of children with disabilities, through involvement in People with Disabilities (PwD) clubs.
27 Nov 18
As Eleanor Trinchera arrived at Cox’s Bazaar in Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people are living in refugee camps, she was struck by the view before her.
“It’s just massive, you can see the different colours of the roofs and it was a bit overwhelming because it was so bare. Some of the roofs are already broken down, in a state of disrepair,” says Eleanor, Caritas Australia’s Program Co-ordinator for Bangladesh and Nepal.
15 Nov 18
In his statement for World Day of the Poor, Sunday November 18, Pope Francis has spoken of the way that “…many initiatives, meritorious and necessary in themselves, are meant more to satisfy those who undertake them than to respond to the real cry of the poor.”
08 Nov 18
Our 2019 Global Gifts cards are about empowering the poorest and most vulnerable families to live with dignity, free from hunger and with real hope for their children’s future.
If you would like for your Christmas gifts to have a positive impact on the world, why not buy a Global Gift? Global Gifts are Caritas Australia's charitable Christmas cards. We call them Global Gifts because the funds raised from these gift cards go towards supporting our work with the poorest of the poor around the globe, including right here in Australia.
02 Nov 18
The life of 55 year old, Umi, was changed forever, when her entire neighbourhood was flattened by a mudflow caused by a masive earthquake that struck the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia on 28th September, 2018.
"When the earthquake struck, I panicked and prayed, 'Please, God help us,' Umi says.
30 Oct 18
Anote Tong, former President of Kiribati and renowned climate activist, recently visited the Caritas Australia Head Office in Sydney. In a powerful Facebook Live event, he made a rousing call to action for Australia to invest in more environmentally friendly and sustainable policies, and for individuals to take action, too.
25 Oct 18
Two hugely influential figures in the recent history of the Catholic Church and Caritas Internationalis, Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Oscar Romero from El Salvador, became saints on 14 October 2018.
16 Oct 18
Sue Coghlan is the Assistant Principal of Religious Identity and Mission at St Raphael’s School, Parkside (SA). She has recently returned from an Immersion trip to Timor Leste, where Caritas supports a number of programs. She shares her experience with us below.
11 Oct 18
Since 2012, October 11 has been marked as the International Day of the Girl. The day aims to highlight and address the challenges that girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.
11 Oct 18
Catholic Social Teaching at Marion Primary School
It was a brilliant day at Marion Primary school in Horsley Park running a Just Leadership Day with the Year 5’s. The theme of the day was Catholic Social Teachings (CST’s) and students learned to apply the CST principles to current global events and within their own school community.
The students of Marion Primary then used their knowledge of the CST’s put their faith into action by generating a justice action plan for their school, supporting vulnerable individuals and communities living in marginalised situations.
04 Oct 18
In recent months, we have witnessed disasters devastating people’s lives in the form of an Earthquake and Tsunami in Sulawesi, Indonesia; Typhoon Mangkhut hitting the Philippines and unusually high rains in Kerala, India.
29 Sep 18
An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 struck Northeast of Donggala, Central Sulawesi on the afternoon of 28th September 2018. Caritas Australia and our partners are monitoring the impact of the earthquake.
Initial reports confirm that buildings have collapsed and that there is considerable panic among some of the population. Roads north of Palu have been damaged.
18 Sep 18
In the immediate aftermath of the devastating Typhoon Mangkhut, NASSA (Caritas Philippines) has shared these two stories to show how people have been affected by the damage.
16 Sep 18
Early reports are coming in of the damage wrought by Super Typhoon Mangkhut, which hit the Philippines yesterday.
So far, a total of 15,491 families have been served by evacuation centres. This represents almost 60,000 people. It is estimated that nearly 4 million people may be affected by this emergency.
14 Sep 18
Caritas Australia and our partners are preparing to respond to Typhoon Mangkhut as it approaches the Phliippines.
Typhoon Mangkhut (also known as Typhoon Ompong) is considered the strongest typhoon this year. Landfall is expected for Saturday morning.
Storm surges up to seven metres high are expected to hit coastal areas.
Heavy rains will likely trigger flash floods and landslides.
05 Sep 18
Martha is a 58 year old Irak tribeswoman from Kilimamoja, a village in northern Tanzania. Before she became involved in a Caritas Australia-supported water project, Martha tilled a small plot with much effort and little reward, and spent hours collecting water each day.
21 Aug 18
In June, 2018, Caritas Australia's Manager, Africa & Latin America, Siobhan Jordan made the final official visit to our program partners in Brazil and Peru. Here she recalls her heartfelt farewell to a region that has made a lasting impact on her.
17 Aug 18
More than 100 people have died in monsoon floods in India’s southern state of Kerala; the worst flooding experienced in almost a century.
The recent floods have left an estimated 150,000 people displaced and many of those killed were crushed under debris caused by landslides.
17 Aug 18
Hosting a Women for the World event is an easy, fun way to raise money for vulnerable women around the world. Just ask Mary!
First-time fundraiser Mary Verghese had faith that her Curry In a Hurry High Tea would be a success, and it certainly was. Starting out with a target of $700, in the end Mary and her generous guests managed to raise over $1300 to help empower women living in poverty.
08 Aug 18
August 9 marks the United Nations’ International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples and the event’s 2018 theme is ‘Indigenous peoples’ migration and movement’.
Forced migration through systematic abductions and violent, state sanctioned removal of peoples from their land affects indigenous cultures around the world. Many First Australians have been forcibly removed from their land and country, with great trauma and pain caused as a result. The story of the Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation (KBHAC) reflects the trauma many survivors have undergone and continue to go through in the years since being systematically kidnapped from their families. It also offers hope that healing is possible.
08 Aug 18
Want to speak up for a fairer world for all and meet face-to-face with our politicians on Australian aid?
Come along to one of the best advocacy training events in Australia – Voices for Justice!
Voices for Justice brings together Christians from across the nation for four powerful days of action at Parliament House, Canberra. It’s run by the Micah Australia, a coalition of Christian agencies including Caritas Australia.
07 Aug 18
Our Justice Educators share and teach the work of Caritas and social justice each term to schools in their regions.
06 Aug 18
Following the massive 6.9 magnitude earthquake which left at least 82 dead in Lombok, Indonesia on Sunday evening, Caritas Australia is working with its Indonesian partner agencies, Caritas Denpasar and Caritas Indonesia - Karina, to assess the extent of the emergency and needs on the ground.
26 Jul 18
Thirty-three year old Marta was struggling to meet her family’s needs. Married with four children, living in a rural village in Timor-Leste’s western Oecusse region, Marta felt trapped.
She and her husband worked hard as farmers but food was scarce and money was tight - and much to her distress, she could only send two of her four children to school.
23 Jul 18
Our Justice Educators share and teach the work of Caritas and social justice each term to schools in their regions.
23 Jul 18
Our Justice Educators share and teach the work of Caritas and social justice each term to schools in their regions.
19 Jul 18
Show your solidarity by joining women across Australia, standing with Women around the World, by hosting your own Women for the World event.
The Women for the World event encourages people to stand in solidarity with women in poverty around the world. Women represent the greatest proportion of people experiencing extreme poverty around the world and are at greater risk of violence and human rights abuses. Many women remain marginalised and unable to participate fully in their societies.
19 Jul 18
Bougainville’s young people are building sustainable livelihoods – and their country’s future.
Developing skills in cocoa production, brickmaking, literacy and financial literacy, they’re making up for lost time.
The small island, north-east of Papua New Guinea, was torn by conflict between 1988 and 1998. Up to 20,000 people were killed and the impact of is still being felt today. Many of Bougainville’s young people missed out on an education during these years.
11 Jul 18
22 Jun 18
On the 27 of September 2017, Pope Francis began the Caritas ‘Share the Journey’ migration campaign, making the now recognisable ‘Reach Out’ gesture.
15 Jun 18
On September 27, 2017, Pope Francis began the Caritas ‘Share the Journey’ migration campaign, making the now recognisable ‘Reach Out’ gesture.
08 Jun 18
The Caritas network is assisting with the emergency response in Guatemala after a volcano erupted on Sunday, 3 June.
05 Jun 18
In Mozambique, drought and flood are caused by an ongoing El Niño pattern. It robs communities of food crops for months on end, while severe floods make land water-logged and untenable.
03 Jun 18
During National Reconciliation Week, Caritas Australia reflected on Australian history, and also celebrated the innovation and leadership of our First Australian partners.
21 May 18
Three years on from the Nepal Earthquake, we share stories of hope from people who were affected by the disaster.
17 May 18
This year marks the third anniversary of the 2015 Nepal earthquake. On April 25 2015, communities in Nepal experienced a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, followed by severe aftershocks and a second earthquake a fortnight later.
22 Apr 18
Through prevention strategies and crisis management, the Caritas network has assisted people across East Africa to survive the East Africa Food Crisis with a sense of hope for the future.
21 Apr 18
World Water Day is celebrated and acknowledged each year on March 22. Lack of access to clean water and basic sanitation facilities are still issues many vulnerable communities experience around the world.
20 Apr 18
Caritas Bangladesh is implementing stringent hygiene measures in Cox’ Bazaar in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The network has assumed its’ collective responsibility to ensure its’ global response leaves no one behind.
20 Apr 18
In Malawi and Tanzania, Caritas Australia works alongside several partner agencies to provide support to communities through the A+ Integrated Community Development Program.
05 Apr 18
World Health Day (April 7) celebrates and acknowledges the importance of everybody having access to essential health services.
19 Mar 18
Cyclone Gita hit Tonga on the night of 12-13 February, destroying homes and severely damaging infrastructure on the most populated island of Tongatapu. About 80 percent of the population was affected and over 4500 houses being damaged or destroyed.
27 Feb 18
Caritas Australia would like to thank all our wonderful supporters for getting behind Project Compassion 2018 so far!
21 Feb 18
Over the years, we have loved working with James Foley, Australian children's book author and illustrator, to bring to life important poverty aid and development concepts and ideas.
09 Feb 18
We are proud to announce that Caritas Australia is joining ReThink Orphanages, a cross-sector network that aims to improve the way Australia engages with overseas aid and development, by raising awareness about the unnecessary institutionalisation of children in developing countries.
02 Feb 18
In October and November, 2017, Caritas Australia's Head of Engagement and Sustainability, David Armstrong and Program Coordinator, Bangladesh and Nepal, Eleanor Trinchera, travelled to Bangladesh to meet with some of our partners and visit projects we support.
21 Jan 18
In 2003 Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (WDNWPT), also known as the Purple House, was established by Walpiri and Pintupi people from the Western Desert region to support people with chronic diseases to stay on country.
16 Jan 18
Congratulations to Alexandra Gorman, the winner of our Caritas Kitchen Christmas giveaway! Alexandra won a holiday in Bali after holding a Caritas Kitchen over Christmas! Thank you to everyone who held Caritas Kitchen events over the holiday season!
15 Jan 18
In Nepal, a country prone to the impacts of climate change, sudden variations in temperature can wreak havoc on the wellbeing of rural farming communities.
It’s the Indigenous peoples (Adivasi) of Nepal, who suffer most from these changes.
10 Jan 18
The Manide are an Indigenous minority who live in Camarines Norte, a province located in the Bicol Region of Luzon, Philippines. Though many young Manide now speak Tagalog, the main language of the Philippines, Manide elders speak their own, unique language.
Through a holistic development project which secures income, improves education and improves the access of Manide people to goods and services, Caritas Australia is empowering this unique Filipino community to create a better future for themselves.
07 Jan 18
On the border of Kenya and Tanzania live the Maasai tribes people. As one of the traditional hunting and pastoralist cultures of Eastern Africa they are known for their striking dress and unique customs.
Today, however, the Maasai are grappling with socioeconomic challenges and the difficulty of integrating traditional customs into modern life. Lositete, a village in northern Tanzania, is one area where severe drought has affected the livelihoods of villagers. In the rural communities of Tanzania, the responsibility of collecting water falls primarily on women and children, who are forced to travel long distances merely to find enough of it to survive. But since the implementation of this project, improved infrastructure has brought significant change to the people of Lositete including the Maasai.
28 Dec 17
Cyclone Tembin 17, known locally as Typhoon Vinta, has devastated communities in the southern Philippines, with early reports of at least 230 people dead, and many more missing.
Caritas Australia has responded to the call of Caritas Philippines (NASSA), to assist 3,000 families (approximately 15,000 individuals) by supporting programs to provide emergency food and hygiene packs.
24 Dec 17
Cyclone Tembin 17, known locally as Typhoon Vinta, has devastated communities in the southern Philippines, with early reports of at least 180 people dead.
The Cyclone made landfall on Friday December 22nd, and has caused flooding and landslides resulting in lost lives, as well as damage to homes and livelihoods.
Cyclone Tembin follows the damage done by Tropical Depression Kai-Tak, which left the Philippine Area of Responsibility on December 19th.
21 Dec 17
More than 600,000 people, most of whom identify as Rohingya, have crossed into Bangladesh since August 2017, fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
Caritas is providing urgent humanitarian relief to thousands of Rohingya refugees who have crossed the Myanmar border to the Cox’s Bazar district in Bangladesh. So far, the Caritas network, led by Caritas Bangladesh has helped over 327,000 individuals, including over 40,000 families.
20 Dec 17
As we head into 2018 and reflect on the year that was, Caritas Australia would like to thank all of our donors and supporters for their contributions this year.
It is thanks to your generous donations and efforts that we have continued to serve vulnerable communities around the world, through our programs and emergency relief.
14 Dec 17
The 2017 Australian Catholic Youth Festival theme was 'Open new horizons for spreading joy', and the connection Caritas Australia made with young people at the event showed this to be true.
Relevant, vibrant and engaging activities saw thousands visit the Caritas Global Village, and the word around both the Dome and the Festival at Sydney Olympic Park was how amazing the space was.
24 Nov 17
The Caritas ‘Trekking in Solidarity’ team returned home from their Nepal trek earlier this week.
To finish off such an incredible experience, the team spent their last days in Nepal visiting the Caritas supported Earthquake Recovery Program, and connecting with people impacted by the work of Caritas. The program supports people who were affected by the 2015 earthquake, helping them rebuild their lives.
20 Nov 17
"Protection Mainstreaming – it’s not what you do, it’s how you do it."
So what IS “protection mainstreaming”? How do principles like safety, dignity and meaningful access shape our humanitarian relief programs?
This month, Caritas Australia and partners released a short animated film addressing these questions. In four short minutes, the film discusses what protection mainstreaming is and highlights eight practical considerations that agencies responding in crises can employ to promote the safety and dignity of affected communities when designing and delivering humanitarian response programs.
20 Nov 17
There are only a few more days until our Nepal trekkers return home from their journey and we want to say congratulations to the team for completing the Annapurna circuit!
17 Nov 17
The Trekking in Solidarity adventure across Nepal is well underway, with the team continuing along their journey of the Annapurna circuit.
16 Nov 17
Earlier this month, Kiribati climate activist Erietera Aram visited Australia to launch the Caritas State of the Environment report and raise awareness of the threat of climate change in the Pacific.
14 Nov 17
Our Trekking in Solidarity participants arrived in Nepal over the weekend and have begun their epic trek across the Annapurna circuit.
09 Nov 17
On November 10, our Nepal trekkers will embark on their journey along the Annapurna trail, visiting Caritas Australia-supported programs and communities, as part of the ‘Trekking in Solidarity’ event.
01 Nov 17
It would be a pretty special story to tell your child someday that before they were born, they were making a positive impact on the lives of those in need around the world.
26 Oct 17
"We arrived here the day before yesterday, and yesterday we built this shelter. We didn’t bring a thing. I just grabbed the children and ran," says 38 year old, Dilda, who fled Myanmar for Bangladesh.
19 Oct 17
10 years after the end of Papua New Guinea’s Civil War, the path to recovery for Bougainville depends, to a great extent, on the wellbeing of its youth.
04 Oct 17
This November, a number of Caritas supporters will embark on our ‘Trekking in Solidarity’ journey in Nepal.
01 Oct 17
A young student recently won an award for her inspirational story of fleeing conflict in Iraq to her new life in Australia, and the help she received from Caritas Jordan along the way.
27 Sep 17
For men like Pahal Bhattrai, a former cow herder from Bhutan who now holds a graduate degree and lives and works in Australia – the Caritas network has offered new hope and stability.
14 Sep 17
Earlier this month, leaders of different faiths politicians were brought together to discuss the issue of climate change.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
13 Aug 17
This September, women around Australia will be standing in solidarity with women across the world facing poverty and injustice.
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’.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
19 May 17
With Lent over for another year, Caritas Australia would like to say thank you for your support of Project Compassion 2017!
07 May 17
Laimona is 40 years old and lives with her four children under a tarpaulin in a United Nations’ Internally-Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in the town of Wau in South Sudan.
05 May 17
Fifteen-year-old Susanna Gelasivo is struggling to feed her nine-month-old baby, Ross Edward.
01 May 17
Eighteen year-old Sarah is seven months pregnant and lives in a small town near Juba. Her son, Izeil, aged two, is malnourished.
11 Apr 17
We spoke to some participants from last year’s ‘Cycling in Solidarity’ trip to Cambodia to find out why charitable adventures are so valuable, from both a personal and international development perspective.
10 Apr 17
A youth rally was recently held at St John Paul College, Coffs Harbour, raising awareness and funds for Project Compassion.
22 Mar 17
The South Sydney Rabbitohs have been spreading the word of Caritas Australia’s work and Project Compassion.
Caritas Australia’s Program Coordinator for Africa, Sister Ivy Khoury, who is a passionate South Sydney supporter, has struck up a friendship with the NRL club’s coach Michael Maguire. The pair recently spent time with students at St Brigid’s Catholic Primary School in Coogee, passing on footy tips and teaching the children about the importance of helping the poor.
16 Mar 17
Subsidiarity is a Catholic Social Teaching principle which articulates that the people closest to, and most affected by, the issues are the ones best placed to address them, with the help of the Government.
13 Mar 17
Six years ago, on 15 March, 2011, there was an escalation of the conflict in Syria. Since then, the war has claimed over 400,000 lives and uprooted more than half of Syria’s 22 million people.
19 Feb 17
On Saturday 20 February 2016, Tropical Cyclone Winston struck Fiji. Thought to be the biggest to ever hit the Southern Hemisphere, the category five storm caused widespread devastation to communities.
16 Feb 17
Daisy Paulin has overcome personal tragedy to become a key peace builder in Vannankulam, in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province.
09 Feb 17
At the end of 2016, Andrea Mason, CEO of NPY Women’s Council (Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council) was awarded the prestigious 2017 Northern Territory Australian of the Year Award. Andrea was also awarded with an Australian of the Year award nomination.
This week, Andrea was named as one of the members of Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull’s new-look Indigenous Advisory Council.
23 Jan 17
Seventy-five year old Francesca Mateka has been living in the same village, Dendere, in the Midlands province of Zimbabwe her entire life.
12 Jan 17
In Indonesia, we are helping women come together, to network and build their strengths. By raising their voices, women are creating new opportunities for themselves, their families and their communities.