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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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The local Caritas team packs the initial relief goods for distribution to families in the evacuation centers in Ilagan, Isabela. Photo: Jing Henderson, NASSA/Caritas Philippines

Typhoon Mangkhut damage report and early response

16 Sep 18

Early reports are coming in of the damage wrought by Super Typhoon Mangkhut, which hit the Philippines yesterday.

So far, a total of 15,491 families have been served by evacuation centres. This represents almost 60,000 people.  It is estimated that nearly 4 million people may be affected by this emergency.

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Photo credit: Caritas Australia

Typhoon Mangkhut approaches the Philippines

14 Sep 18

Caritas Australia and our partners are preparing to respond to Typhoon Mangkhut as it approaches the Phliippines. 

Typhoon Mangkhut (also known as Typhoon Ompong) is considered the strongest typhoon this year. Landfall is expected for Saturday morning. 

Storm surges up to seven metres high are expected to hit coastal areas.

Heavy rains will likely trigger flash floods and landslides.

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Photo credit: Scott Martin, Caritas Australia

Building on strengths

05 Sep 18

Martha is a 58 year old Irak tribeswoman from Kilimamoja, a village in northern Tanzania. Before she became involved in a Caritas Australia-supported water project, Martha tilled a small plot with much effort and little reward, and spent hours collecting water each day.

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From left to right: Zeza (a staff member from the MDF), Francisco and Donna Elza (participants in the project), and Siobhan in a favela called 9 de Julho. Photo credit: Vincent Deely, MDF

Celebrating our journey in Brazil and Peru

21 Aug 18

In June, 2018, Caritas Australia's Manager, Africa & Latin America, Siobhan Jordan made the final official visit to our program partners in Brazil and Peru. Here she recalls her heartfelt farewell to a region that has made a lasting impact on her.

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Photo credit: Caritas India

Caritas network responds to Kerala floods

17 Aug 18

More than 100 people have died in monsoon floods in India’s southern state of Kerala; the worst flooding experienced in almost a century.

The recent floods have left an estimated 150,000 people displaced and many of those killed were crushed under debris caused by landslides.

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Photo credit: Mary Verghese

Women for the World: how a first-time fundraiser blasted her target

17 Aug 18

Hosting a Women for the World event is an easy, fun way to raise money for vulnerable women around the world. Just ask Mary!

First-time fundraiser Mary Verghese had faith that her Curry In a Hurry High Tea would be a success, and it certainly was. Starting out with a target of $700, in the end Mary and her generous guests managed to raise over $1300 to help empower women living in poverty.

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Photo credit: Tiffany McComsey, KBHAC

Healing through brotherhood

08 Aug 18

August 9 marks the United Nations’ International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples and the event’s 2018 theme is ‘Indigenous peoples’ migration and movement’.

Forced migration through systematic abductions and violent, state sanctioned removal of peoples from their land affects indigenous cultures around the world. Many First Australians have been forcibly removed from their land and country, with great trauma and pain caused as a result. The story of the Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation (KBHAC) reflects the trauma many survivors have undergone and continue to go through in the years since being systematically kidnapped from their families. It also offers hope that healing is possible.

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Voices for Justice, 2016. Photo credit: Nicole Clements, Caritas Australia

Voices for Justice: Your chance to lobby politicians on Australian aid

08 Aug 18

Want to speak up for a fairer world for all and meet face-to-face with our politicians on Australian aid?

Come along to one of the best advocacy training events in Australia – Voices for Justice!

Voices for Justice brings together Christians from across the nation for four powerful days of action at Parliament House, Canberra. It’s run by the Micah Australia, a coalition of Christian agencies including Caritas Australia.

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Corpus Christi, Bateman. Photo credit: Caritas Australia

Around the Region: Western Australia and Northern Territory - Term 2

07 Aug 18

Our Justice Educators share and teach the work of Caritas and social justice each term to schools in their regions.

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Damage to a building in Lombok. Photo credit: Las Harfa

Caritas Network responds to Indonesia earthquake

06 Aug 18

Following the massive 6.9 magnitude earthquake which left at least 82 dead in Lombok, Indonesia on Sunday evening, Caritas Australia is working with its Indonesian partner agencies, Caritas Denpasar and Caritas Indonesia - Karina, to assess the extent of the emergency and needs on the ground.

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Photo credit: Caritas Australia

Small-scale farming success brings big life changes

26 Jul 18

Thirty-three year old Marta was struggling to meet her family’s needs. Married with four children, living in a rural village in Timor-Leste’s western Oecusse region, Marta felt trapped.

She and her husband worked hard as farmers but food was scarce and money was tight - and much to her distress, she could only send two of her four children to school.

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A big thank you to the students at Mount St Joseph, Milperra. Photo credit: Caritas Australia

Around the Region: New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory - Term 2

23 Jul 18

Our Justice Educators share and teach the work of Caritas and social justice each term to schools in their regions.

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Water Awareness Day at St. Joseph's, Tranmere. Photo credit: Caritas Australia

Around the Region: South Australia

23 Jul 18

Our Justice Educators share and teach the work of Caritas and social justice each term to schools in their regions.

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Photo credit: Caritas Australia

Empowering women around the world

19 Jul 18

Show your solidarity by joining women across Australia, standing with Women around the World, by hosting your own Women for the World event. 

The Women for the World event encourages people to stand in solidarity with women in poverty around the world. Women represent the greatest proportion of people experiencing extreme poverty around the world and are at greater risk of violence and human rights abuses. Many women remain marginalised and unable to participate fully in their societies.

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Photo credit: Cassandra Hill, Caritas Australia

Bougainville’s youth building their future

19 Jul 18

Bougainville’s young people are building sustainable livelihoods – and their country’s future.

Developing skills in cocoa production, brickmaking, literacy and financial literacy, they’re making up for lost time.

The small island, north-east of Papua New Guinea, was torn by conflict between 1988 and 1998. Up to 20,000 people were killed and the impact of is still being felt today. Many of Bougainville’s young people missed out on an education during these years.

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Photo credit: Caritas Australia

Around the Region: Victoria and Tasmania - Term 2

11 Jul 18

Our Justice Educators share and teach the work of Caritas and social justice each term to schools in their regions.

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Photo credit: Tommy Trenchard, Caritas Internationalis

Sharing the Journey with Rohingya Refugees

22 Jun 18

On the 27 of September 2017, Pope Francis began the Caritas ‘Share the Journey’ migration campaign, making the now recognisable ‘Reach Out’ gesture. 

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