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Volunteers Distribute Aid In Beirut. Photo Caritas Lebanon

Humanitarian emergency in Lebanon reaches crisis point

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.

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Afghanistan plunged into greater chaos, as thousands face displacement, poverty and COVID-19

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.

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Downtown Kabul

World Humanitarian Day: humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

19 Aug 21

Afghanistan is facing an unfolding humanitarian crisis, giving a tragic relevance to this year’s World Humanitarian Day.  

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Aloma standing among the mangroves in the Philippines. Photo credit: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia.

Be a champion for vulnerable women by participating in Women for the World!

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.

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Ranger Sarah Barkley interviewing senior elder John Clark. Photo: Aboriginal Carbon Foundation.

A partnership that pays off

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.

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Destruction in Haiti after 7.2 magnitude earthquake. Photo: Catholic Relief Services

Major earthquake in Haiti causes widespread destruction

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.  

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Flooding in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Credit: Caritas Bangladesh

A message from Bangladesh's flooded refugee camps

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.

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Destruction in Beirut blast aftermath. Photo credit: Caritas Lebanon.

Recovery and resilience in Lebanon one year after the Beirut blast

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.

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COVID-19 impact on the Pacific

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.

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Distribution of PPE to health centres. Credit: Caritas Indonesia.

Indonesia battles devastating second wave of COVID-19 outbreak

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.

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A UN report has shown significant increase in world hunger during the COVID-19 pandemic. With our local partners, we're working to support the most vulnerable communities around the world. Credit: Inmanuel Chayan Biswas

World faces most significant increase in hunger in decades

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.

 

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Caritas Australia CEO Kirsty Robertson with Chanthea Nou, Program Coordinator for Cambodia. Photo: Nicole Clements, Caritas Australia

Cambodian prisoners learn new skills for World Day against Trafficking in Persons

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.

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Women For The World Tackling Gender Inequality And Discrimination. Photo credit: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia.

Tackling gender inequality and discrimination through Women for the World

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. 

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Caritas Goma staff on the ground in the wake of the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo. Photo Credit – Lydie Kone Waridi, Caritas Goma

Thousands still in urgent need, over a month after DRC's deadly volcano

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. 

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Tom Powell, Red Dust Healing Founder. Photo credit: Cassandra Hill/Caritas Australia.

Heal Country! NAIDOC Week Feature – Red Dust Healing

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. 

 

 

 

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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

COVID-19 surges around the world amid low vaccination rates in vulnerable communities

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. 

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Staff in PNG putting together hygiene kits to distribute to local communities. Photo: Caritas Australia PNG.

Misinformation and violence spikes in PNG as COVID-19 outbreak continues

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.  

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Jamila (centre) joins other women in the Women Friendly Spaces project, run by Caritas Bangladesh, in a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo credit: InmanuelBiswas/Caritas Bangladesh

Celebrating Rohingya refugee communities in Cox’s Bazar for World Refugee Day

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.  

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World Environment Day 2021. Photo credit: Sam Rinang, ARD.

What does World Environment Day mean in 2021?

04 Jun 21

Today is World Environment Day, the United Nations day for encouraging global awareness and action to protect our shared environment.

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Basic Medical Kits distribution. Photo: Caritas India

India struggles with combined impact of COVID-19 and extreme cyclones

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.  

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Destruction in Gaza following the conflict in 2012. Photo: Caritas Jerusalem.

Violence escalates in Jerusalem and Gaza

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.  

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Women queue at COVID-19 Information Centre in India. Photo: Caritas India

Latest budget disappoints on foreign aid

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.  

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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. 

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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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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

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. 

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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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Roy Boylan and Sydney Committee with first Project Compassion box in 1965. Photo credit: Caritas Australia.

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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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 in their fight against Coronavirus

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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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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