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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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Halima showing her children how to use a hand-washing station in her Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo credit: Inmanuel Biswas/Caritas Bangladesh

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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Halima returning from collecting water from a pump near her shelter in a refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo credit: Inmanuel Biswas/Caritas Bangladesh

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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Arsad with his neighbours in Pandeglang District, Indonesia. Photo credit: Caritas Australia.

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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Oliva stands near her home in Karatu District, Tanzania. Photo credit: August Lucky.

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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Margret standing outside a classroom at the San Isidro Care Centre in the Solomon
Islands. Photo credit: Neil Nuia.

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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Jamila and her daughter stand outside their shelter in a refugee camp in Cox’s
Bazar, Bangladesh. Credit: Inmanuel Biswas/Caritas Bangladesh.

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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