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An update on the East Africa Food Crisis

22 Apr 18

Through prevention strategies and crisis management, the Caritas network has assisted people across East Africa to survive the East Africa Food Crisis with a sense of hope for the future.

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Ryall and her daughter. Photo credit: Ivy Khoury, Caritas Australia

The hope water can bring

21 Apr 18

World Water Day is celebrated and acknowledged each year on March 22. Lack of access to clean water and basic sanitation facilities are still issues many vulnerable communities experience around the world.

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Caritas Bangladesh goes further for health in crisis

20 Apr 18

Caritas Bangladesh is implementing stringent hygiene measures in Cox’ Bazaar in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The network has assumed its’ collective responsibility to ensure its’ global response leaves no one behind. 

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Rosina is 70 years old and lives in the Katope region of Malawi. Photo credit: Caritas Australia

The program changing lives in Malawi and Tanzania

20 Apr 18

In Malawi and Tanzania, Caritas Australia works alongside several partner agencies to provide support to communities through the A+ Integrated Community Development Program.

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Mai is now stronger and more independent. Photo credit: Tranh Thi Thanh Toan, Sustainable Rural Development

World Health Day: Mai's story

05 Apr 18

World Health Day (April 7) celebrates and acknowledges the importance of everybody having access to essential health services.

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Being prepared helps Tonga recover from Cyclone Gita

19 Mar 18

Cyclone Gita hit Tonga on the night of 12-13 February, destroying homes and severely damaging infrastructure on the most populated island of Tongatapu. About 80 percent of the population was affected and over 4500 houses being damaged or destroyed. 

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Students from Pyramid Hill College, Victoria, launching Project Compassion. Photo credit: Kerry Stone, Caritas Australia

Community gets behind Project Compassion

27 Feb 18

Caritas Australia would like to thank all our wonderful supporters for getting behind Project Compassion 2018 so far!

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The illustrator behind our Catholic Social Teaching Toolkit

21 Feb 18

Over the years, we have loved working with James Foley, Australian children's book author and illustrator, to bring to life important poverty aid and development concepts and ideas.

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Maristely and her family, who featured in Project Compassion 2014. Photo Erin Johnson.

Caritas Australia joins ReThink Orphanages network

09 Feb 18

We are proud to announce that Caritas Australia is joining ReThink Orphanages, a cross-sector network that aims to improve the way Australia engages with overseas aid and development, by raising awareness about the unnecessary institutionalisation of children in developing countries.

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A compelling and moving visit to Bangladesh

02 Feb 18

In October and November, 2017, Caritas Australia's Head of Engagement and Sustainability, David Armstrong and Program Coordinator, Bangladesh and Nepal, Eleanor Trinchera, travelled to Bangladesh to meet with some of our partners and visit projects we support.

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Patient Patrick Tjungarryi and Purple House manager Sarah Brown. Photo: Sarah Brown, Purple House

First Australians lead the way

21 Jan 18

In 2003 Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (WDNWPT), also known as the Purple House, was established by Walpiri and Pintupi people from the Western Desert region to support people with chronic diseases to stay on country.

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Update on our Bali Giveaway!

16 Jan 18

Congratulations to Alexandra Gorman, the winner of our Caritas Kitchen Christmas giveaway! Alexandra won a holiday in Bali after holding a Caritas Kitchen over Christmas! Thank you to everyone who held Caritas Kitchen events over the holiday season!

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Sudhari Choudhary: farming is now more economically and environmentally sustainable. Photo credit: Caritas Australia

Skills and development opportunities in Nepal

15 Jan 18

In Nepal, a country prone to the impacts of climate change, sudden variations in temperature can wreak havoc on the wellbeing of rural farming communities.

It’s the Indigenous peoples (Adivasi) of Nepal, who suffer most from these changes.

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Filipino communities raising their voices

10 Jan 18

The Manide are an Indigenous minority who live in Camarines Norte, a province located in the Bicol Region of Luzon, Philippines. Though many young Manide now speak Tagalog, the main language of the Philippines, Manide elders speak their own, unique language.

Through a holistic development project which secures income, improves education and improves the access of Manide people to goods and services, Caritas Australia is empowering this unique Filipino community to create a better future for themselves.

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The young Maasai of Tanzania in traditional dress. Photo: Scott Martin, Caritas Australia

Maasai culture in the modern era

07 Jan 18

On the border of Kenya and Tanzania live the Maasai tribes people. As one of the traditional hunting and pastoralist cultures of Eastern Africa they are known for their striking dress and unique customs.

Today, however, the Maasai are grappling with socioeconomic challenges and the difficulty of integrating traditional customs into modern life. Lositete, a village in northern Tanzania, is one area where severe drought has affected the livelihoods of villagers. In the rural communities of Tanzania, the responsibility of collecting water falls primarily on women and children, who are forced to travel long distances merely to find enough of it to survive. But since the implementation of this project, improved infrastructure has brought significant change to the people of Lositete including the Maasai.

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Caritas Australia commits funds to support survivors of Cyclone Tembin

28 Dec 17

Cyclone Tembin 17, known locally as Typhoon Vinta, has devastated communities in the southern Philippines, with early reports of at least 230 people dead, and many more missing.

Caritas Australia has responded to the call of Caritas Philippines (NASSA), to assist 3,000 families (approximately 15,000 individuals) by supporting programs to provide emergency food and hygiene packs.

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Cyclone Tembin hits Philippines. At least 180 dead.

24 Dec 17

Cyclone Tembin 17, known locally as Typhoon Vinta, has devastated communities in the southern Philippines, with early reports of at least 180 people dead.

The Cyclone made landfall on Friday December 22nd, and has caused flooding and landslides resulting in lost lives, as well as damage to homes and livelihoods.

Cyclone Tembin follows the damage done by Tropical Depression Kai-Tak, which left the Philippine Area of Responsibility on December 19th.

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A family in the Kutubalong refugee camp, Bangladesh. Photo: SCIAF

An update on the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

21 Dec 17

More than 600,000 people, most of whom identify as Rohingya, have crossed into Bangladesh since August 2017, fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

Caritas is providing urgent humanitarian relief to thousands of Rohingya refugees who have crossed the Myanmar border to the Cox’s Bazar district in Bangladesh. So far, the Caritas network, led by Caritas Bangladesh  has helped over 327,000 individuals, including over 40,000 families.

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2017: The year that was

20 Dec 17

As we head into 2018 and reflect on the year that was, Caritas Australia would like to thank all of our donors and supporters for their contributions this year.

It is thanks to your generous donations and efforts that we have continued to serve vulnerable communities around the world, through our programs and emergency relief.

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Archbishop Fisher with a young person and the Project Compassion box. Photo: Caritas Australia

Caritas Global Village generates buzz at ACYF

14 Dec 17

The 2017 Australian Catholic Youth Festival theme was 'Open new horizons for spreading joy', and the connection Caritas Australia made with young people at the event showed this to be true.

Relevant, vibrant and engaging activities saw thousands visit the Caritas Global Village, and the word around both the Dome and the Festival at Sydney Olympic Park was how amazing the space was.

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