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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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Christmas Gifts that make a difference

10 Nov 20

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

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NAIDOC Week 2020 – November 8-15

09 Nov 20

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

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

Sustainable Development Goals: How to change the world

17 Oct 20

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

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Improving food security and women’s empowerment in Africa

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.

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Nguyet in Vietnam is inspiring others in her community through her achievements.
Photo Credit: Nguyen Minh Duc

Empowering girls around the world

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.

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Woman impacted by COVID-19 in Bangladesh
Photo Credit: Caritas Bangladesh

What does last night’s budget mean for Australian aid?

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.

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Tati on the veranda of the eco-tourism project long house taking an English lesson with other community members.
Photo Credit: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia

Recognising the value of education

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. 

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Afiron in Bangladesh
Credit: Caritas Bangladesh

Reaching out to the elderly around the world

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.

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Temperature checking Sustainable Livelihoods for Indigenous Communities in Dinajpur program (SLPID)
Photo Credit: Caritas Bangladesh

International Day of Peace

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.

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Caritas emergency relief in Beirut, Caritas Lebanon.

Recognising the work of local communities on International Day of Charity

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. 

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Chris Nolan, Caritas Australia.

Justice Animators Coming to Your Community!

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.

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COVID-19 humanitarian crisis deepens in Cox’s Bazar

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.

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Photo credits: Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS)

World Refugee Day - Getting an education in the Thai/Myanmar border refugee camps

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.

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Monitoring Trip in Zimbabwe in 2019. Credit: Caritas Australia

On the front line of our COVID-19 response in Zimbabwe

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”

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Helping India’s most vulnerable people during COVID times.

06 Jun 20

Mungreiphy Shimray, or Shimray, as she is often called, says her Caritas India team has been besieged with calls for help from all over the country in recent months.

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Celebrating biodiversity for World Environment Day

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’.

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Aboriginal elders connecting Western Sydney community

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. 

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Photo: Caritas Australia

Planning for the pandemic: how Caritas programs are moving toward stability

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.

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“Everything is connected”: reading Laudato Si’ in unprecedented times

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.

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Families, resilience and well-being during COVID-19 pandemic

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.

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Hand washing in practice in Pursat province. Photo: EPDO/Caritas Australia.

Upholding community dignity together in Cambodia

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. 

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Photo: Cassandra Hill.

On Earth Day 2020 we look at PNG communities building resilience to extreme weather events

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. 

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Morning Prayer at school
Credit: Isabel Corthier/Caritas Internationalis, 2016
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Rejoice in hope this Easter

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. 

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Jim Curtain, Diocesan Director, Melbourne. Image credit: Caritas Australia

Going Further, for a just world

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.

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Caritas Australia responds to COVID-19: solidarity and sanitation in Indonesia

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.

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Fresh produce from the vegetable gardens. Photo credits: Nicole Clements/ Caritas Australia.

Earth Hour 2020: The Value of Electricity

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.

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This picture depicts Caritas Australia and partners along with local community members outside the Ghunmarn Cultural Centre. Photo credits: Cassandra Hill/ Caritas Australia.

Djilpin Arts – Go Further Together for a hopeful future

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.

 

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International Day of Happiness

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.

 

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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.

 

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Love and compassion in action in Cambodia

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.  

 

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Women taking the lead on climate justice

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.


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Image Credit: Caritas Australia

Fruit orchards flourish as struggling farmers build thriving business

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.

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Image Credit: Caritas Philippines

Caritas responds to Philippines volcanic eruptions

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. 

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Photo Credit: Patrice Moriarty/Caritas Australia

Confronting the past to find community and healing

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. 

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Women farmers reaping new rewards

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.

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Seeds of hope in West-Timor

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.

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Voices for Justice Conference

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.

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Angela Hart is celebrating success

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.

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Our ‘national nest egg’ – driving or solving climate change? Photo credit: Caritas Australia

Our Future Fund – December update

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'.

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DRC – Ebola virus

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).

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Anna sorting mangrove propagules. Credit: Zhi Yan

Kiribati and Sea Level Rise: How Mangroves Help

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.

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Caritas Youth's Winning Edge

12 Dec 19

Meet Bella, a student at Santa Sabina College, who has just won a national short film competition run by Caritas Australia. 

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Salma’s story

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.

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Vannak's Story

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.

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Sr Louise McKeogh: Acting for peace and justice to build a world of hope

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.

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Teruabine Anna Nuariki amongst the mangroves in Kiribati. Credit: Zhi Yan

Teruabine Anna Nuariki from Kiribati attends COP25

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.

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Breaking Barriers and Opening Doors

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. 

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Planting seeds of hope in Samoa. Credit: Karen Anaya.

Seeds of Hope: Caritas State of the Environment Report 2019

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.

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Universal Children’s Day

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.

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Locals carry the sick away from the site of disaster. Photo: Caritas Bangladesh.

Caritas responds to Cyclone Bulbul: Strong winds, swift support in Bangladesh

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.

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Story of Caritas volunteer Jamie Jing

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.

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After. Credit: Lachlan Brannan.

Lachlan Brannan Shaves his Head for Climate

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.

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The winter is especially challenging for Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Photo: Jean Khoury, Caritas Lebanon.

Syrian Conflict: Jordan and Lebanon

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.

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Standing with Communities: Before, During and After Emergencies

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.

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Celebrating Success: Caritas Nepal turns 30

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.

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Nepal Earthquake Recovery Program

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. 

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Three Indigenous Australian children walk towards their home. Photo Credit: Danielle Lyonne, Caritas Australia.

Anti-Poverty Week 2019

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.

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Women for the World: Empowering Women through Wellness

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. 

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Young mother (20) with two little daughters. Her husband was lost in the war. Photo credit: Alexandra Wey, Caritas Switzerland.

The Syrian Conflict

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.

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Meet Megan Bourke, Social Justice Educator. Photo credit: Caritas Australia

International teacher’s day

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.

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Shimray on Scheduled Tribes

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.

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Empowering women to walk in solidarity

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. 

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Celebrating our Women Humanitarians

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.

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Global Caritas staff, including Caritas Australia Humanitarian Program Coordinator, Suzy McIntyre at the Oak Shelter. Photo credit: Caritas Australia.

Supporting Syrian women in Lebanon

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. 

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Becoming a Woman for the World – Anu tells her story

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.

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Kindergarten students from the Orthodox school of Madaba boarding the bus home. Photo credit: Caritas Australia.

The program ensuring Syrian children can look forward to a brighter future

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. 

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5 things to know about St Josephine Bakhita

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. 

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5 things to know about the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

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.

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Pope Francis quotes on the Environment from Laudato Si'

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. 

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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.

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Photo Credit: Michelle Young, Tjanpi Desert Weavers

Raising voices through art

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.

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How are disability and poverty linked?

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.

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Cyclone Fani: Message of Solidarity

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.

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Solidarity with Sri Lanka

23 Apr 19

Caritas Australia is deeply saddened by the news of the violent attacks in Sri Lanka over the Easter Weekend. 

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St Pius X students at their Caritas Ks event
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St Pius X students raise over $17,000 for Project Compassion

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.

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Cyclone Idai: Message of solidarity

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.

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Who was St. Oscar Romero?

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? 

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Project Compassion 2019: The story so far

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.

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Christchurch Shootings: Message of solidarity

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.

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5 things you should know about water

17 Mar 19

We all need water. It is vital to the existence and well-being of humans, nature and the sustainability of the planet.

That is why, this year’s Project Compassion appeal has placed special focus on water. Here are five important things you should know

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100% Determination this International Women’s Day

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.

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Indonesia Tsunami Update: Message of solidarity

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. 

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How to make meaningful New Year's resolutions

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?

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Caritas Australia's CEO Paul O'Callaghan and Manager, South East Asia Kath Rosic's visit to Indonesia
Photo Credit: Kath Rosic

Building strength and resilient communities

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.

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Rattanak from Project Compassion 2018
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2018: The year that was

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. 

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Share the Journey and expand the horizons of your heart this Christmas

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.

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Building lives and livelihoods: International Day of People with Disability

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.

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Resilience in Rohingya refugee camps

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.

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Caritas Australia's response as part of the Caritas network is
helping Indonesians recover from the impacts of the Tsunami
Sulawesi.
Photo: Maria Josephine Wijastuti CRS

Caritas Australia marks World Day of the Poor

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.”

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Christmas Gifts that make a difference

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.

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Family displaced by the Sulawesi Tsunami/earthquake

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.

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Anote Tong Visits Caritas Australia Office

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.

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Canonisations of Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Oscar Romero

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.

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Caritas Immersion participants were invited to help harvest some Cassava in the village of Taitudac in the Manufahi District with Caritas partner Luta Ba Futuru.
Photo Credit: Megan Bourke/Justice Educator, Melbourne

Caritas Immersion Experience Timor Leste 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.

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Students and teachers at Mount St Joseph College, Milperra, gathered for a Women for the World event to raise money for Caritas Australia. Students catered the luncheon themselves! Photo Credit: Daniel Nour/Caritas Australia

Mount St Joseph College: women leaders paving the way

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.

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NSW Students embrace Catholic Social Teaching

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.

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Scenes of the aftermath of the 7.5 magnitude earthquake followed by a tsunami that hit Central Sulawesi on Friday September 28, 2018. Photo Credit: Putu Sayoga/CRS

How to help after the Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami

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.

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Earthquake hits Sulawesi, Indonesia

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.

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Emerita. Photo credit: Caritas Australia

How is Typhoon Mangkhut affecting people in the Philippines?

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.

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