Help with healing is crucial after an emergency. It may be healing bodies, when people need medical treatment. It may be healing spirits, when a loved one is lost. Or the healing may be between communities, guiding people towards reconciliation after conflict.
Caritas believes in healing in the broadest sense as the way for ward in human development. Even when there is no obvious big crisis, the world’s poor suffer many wounds caused by the relentless struggle of daily sur vival on about a dollar a day, or by the lack of education, employment or opportunity, which drains away hope. Caritas uses the presence of its members in the poorest countries to transform lives. In 2010, Caritas helped people living with the long- running violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo not only with food and shelter, but with counselling and healthcare to allow them to regain control of their lives. Caritas nurtured peace at the grassroots level. Conflict usually leads to a loss in any development gains that have been made.
|Southern Sudan votes for peace
Fighting in southern Sudan only ended five years ago after more than three decades of war. Many people knew only conflict.
|Stand up Africa
“ Women, children, disabled and elderly people had to face these men with machetes and other weapons,” says Fr Peter Audu. “ They did not have a chance.”
“Financial reporting of a high standard is very helpful. It attracts extra financial and other resources,” said Dr Benedict Alo D’Rozario
|Keeping lines of communication open with North Korea
A million North Korean children were vaccinated against hepatitis B in a campaign run by the Ministry of Health with Caritas support in 2010.
|A Synod for the Middle East
Recognising the need for a way for ward in peace and reconciliation, the first synod specifically dedicated to the Middle East was convened in October.
|Peace week in Colombia
Each September, “Peace Week” commemorates the victims of the conflict and boosts commitment to ending it through dialogue.
The strength and history of the Caritas confederation shone strongly in 2010 with several members celebrating significant anniversaries.