World Humanitarian Day
"As Caritas, we in particular mourn our staff who have been killed or injured and acknowledge those who work daily in hostile situations."
2008 was the most dangerous year on record for aid workers, with 122 killed while carrying out their work.
Caritas lost four staff members or partners in violent incidents in 2008 and has already lost two staff this year: “Raj” Anthonipillai Uthayaraj, 26, a volunteer driver killed in Sri Lanka in the no-fire zone on 8 May and Caritas France’s Ricky Agusa Sukaka, 27, who was shot dead in the Democratic Republic of Congo on 15 July. Caritas Vanni Director Rev. Fr. T.R. Vasanthaseelan and Rev. Fr. James Pathinathan were seriously injured in shelling in Sri Lanka in April.
Caritas humanitarian work in 2009
Caritas works in 200 countries around the world. Earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, drought, or conflict, Caritas provides a rapid, professional and compassionate response to those who have lost everything.
Caritas has appealed for US$ 60 million in 2009 to help nearly two million people affected by conflict and natural disasters.
A quarter million people are assisted everyday to survive and find a better life in Darfur thanks to the support Caritas members receive around the world. Learn more...
Caritas is appealing for $7 million to help a quarter of a million people avoid starvation, provide health care, and clean water to 16,000 homes. Learn more...
Caritas needs US $12 million to provide the basic needs of 400,000 people caught in escalating conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Learn more...
Caritas Internationalis is appealing for US $7 million to support 385,000 people who have fled their homes to avoid fighting in Pakistan. Learn more...
Emergency Response Fund
Help rush humanitarian aid and emergency relief to immediate and ongoing crises around the world by supporting the work of the Caritas Internationalis Emergency Response Team. We provide logistical support in a crisis, send technical experts, and provide training on lessening the impact of a humanitarian disaster.
RESOURCESAnnual Report 2011Emergency GuidelinesEmergency Response Tool KitEmergency Appeals 2012Emergency Appeals 2011Emergency Appeals 2010Emergencies on Caritas BlogBridging the Gap between Policy and Practice