Five years on from Cyclone Nargis

By |6 May 2013|

As part of the five year anniversary of Cyclone Nargis, 600 people from 10 villages came together on the 28th and 29th of April, 2013. The two-day event led by KMSS was held in Tayoke Kone village, in Labutta township, a fishing village on the coast in Irrawaddy Delta, and one of the hardest hit areas of the disaster.

Mayday

By |30 April 2013|

Many workers around the world are having a welcomed day off tomorrow to mark “International Workers Day”. But in Bangladesh rescuers will continue to sift through the rubble of the clothing factory which collapsed in Savar last week.

Sichuan earthquake

By |28 April 2013|

According to Caritas Hong Kong, the earthquake that shook the Sichuan Province in Southwest China a week ago has claimed the lives of 200 people and wounded 12,000 affecting over 1.5 million inhabitant living in the province. “In the villages I visited the most urgently needed supplies are tents, plastic sheeting and blankets as well as drugs, analgesics, anti-inflammatory soap, food, oil” says Br. Yi , a Caritas volunteers. The Chinese government has been quick to respond and dispatch teams and troops as it is the second disaster hitting that the region in the past five years. Search and rescue teams are operating around the clock and desperately fighting against time to save as many lives as possible whilst the continuing aftershocks are impeding with their rescue efforts. The pressure is mounting as most of the relief materials can only be transported to the affected areas after the completion of [...]

Landslides complicating Sichuan quake relief efforts

By |22 April 2013|

Caritas partners are struggling to reach Taiping, a remote township near the epicentre of Saturday’s deadly earthquake. The earthquake of 6.6 magnitudes struck the province of Sichuan in Southwest China on 20 April, killing nearly 200 people, leaving thousands of people injured and causing significant damages.

Earthquake in Iran Pakistan

By |16 April 2013|

A strong earthquake of 7.8 magnitude hit Pakistan at 15.44 hours (10.44 GMT ) today. The tremors were felt in Islamabad, Lahore, Abbottabad, Peshawar, Hyderabad, Quetta, Multan, Kohat, Hangu, Bannu, Dir and many other areas across Pakistan.

Two years after Japan earthquake search for peace continues

By |8 March 2013|

It’s two years since a massive earthquake and tsunami hit eastern Japan and killed over 15,800 people. Despite an impressive government operation to clean up and rebuild, the disaster has left a dark shadow over many communities which they are still dealing with today.

Caritas Japan says thank you two years after quake

By |8 March 2013|

By Bishop Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi, SVD, President of Caritas Japan Caritas Japan wants to sincerely thank our brothers and sisters throughout the world for the tremendous support you have given to our Great East Japan Earthquake relief activities. We will never forget that when Japan suffered that unprecedented disaster, friends like you reached out to help. Nearly two years have passed since the earthquake on 11 March, 2011. Unfortunately, many people who were affected by the disaster have yet to find peace and hope. Instead, they worry that the harsh reality is that with the passage of time their suffering is being forgotten both in Japan and elsewhere. In this situation, Caritas Japan continues to unite with those who have been affected by the disaster, listening to their voices and walking with them as they strive to survive and recover. Caritas Japan continues to search out and aid those whose needs are [...]
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By |25 February 2013|

Disclosure of HIV status to children is a process. The process involves caregiver and child, with parent or caregiver initiating and leading the process. A counsellor or health care worker provides a supportive role.

Inside Myanmar’s ongoing conflict

By |22 January 2013|

Myanmar is moving forward towards democratisation. You will read much of this in the coming weeks, months and years. But spare a thought for Maran Ji in St Paul’s camp 25 miles from the Chinese border. 2013 will not be an easy year for her.

Floods in Jakarta

By |17 January 2013|

By Dian Lestariningsih Karina (Caritas Indonesia) is working closely with the Lembaga Daya Dharma (LDD) of Archdiocese Jakarta after flooding hit the Indonesia capital. In the immediate response LDD and Karina provided a rescue boat and equipment to evacuate survivors from the affected area. LDD will provide medical supplies and conduct a needs assessment as well as prepare for the next phase. The Caritas network in Indonesia is on standby to send volunteers if needed. The National Disaster Management Agency reported more than 15,000 people have been affected. Access to Central Jakarta was closed due to the high level of the floods and public transportation was shut down. The Government of Indonesia has announced an emergency situation.

Death of a housemaid: the tragedy of Rizana Nafeek

By |17 January 2013|

Caritas Sri Lanka Director Fr George Sigamoney says he is deeply upset by the execution of Sri Lankan housemaid Rizana Nafeek in Saudi Arabia on 9 January. Caritas had fought for her release since she was sentenced in 2007 to beheading for strangling a baby she was looking after as a nanny in 2005. Rizana was just a minor herself when the tragedy took place. She maintains that it was an accident caused by her inexperienced efforts to save the baby from choking. "Unfortunately, what we expected to happen happened," he said. "As a representative of the Church and of Caritas I want to express my sorrow and solidarity to Rizana's family. I pray for them that they may have the courage needed to face their pain and get through this moment." "I want to remember Rizana in another way," Fr George said. "As a nation, we must reflect and weep for [...]

Capital punishment no answer to rape crimes in India

By |14 January 2013|

Caritas India says capital punishment is not a deterent against crimes of sexual violence, but improved protection for women and a national school curriculum that tackle these issues will help. Last month, a 23-year-old student died of her injuries after being raped in the capital Delhi. Five men have been charged with her murder and are facing trial. If convicted, they face the death penalty. In recommendations to the Justice J.S. Verma Committee, formed by the government to recommend safety measures for women, Caritas India urged for curriculums from school levels onwards to tackle the issue of violenece and abuse agaisnt women and girls. “The need of the hour is to revolutionize our thinking through education,” said Patrick Hansda, a young public relations officer at Caritas India. The Verma committee’s recommendations in less than a month from now will be considered in amending laws for speedier justice and punishment in sexual assault cases [...]

Meeting basic needs in Philippines after super tyhpoon

By |18 December 2012|

When Typhoon Bopha swept through Mindanao in the Philippines on 3 December, hundreds of thousands of people found themselves without shelter that night.

Prayer for World Migrants Day

By |17 December 2012|

The International Day on 18 December provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to Migrants and increase the knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families. For copies of the prayer in 18 languages go to: http://jpicformation.wikispaces.com/EN_18Dec ORACION POR LOS NOMADAS ENTRE FRONTERAS - JORNADA MUNDIAL DE LOS EMIGRANTES (18 DE DICIEMBRE):Este Día Internacional brinda la oportunidad de promover la conciencia sobre las realidades de los migrantes, ampliando la comprensión de los factores sociales, económicos y demográficos que repercuten en los mismos.   Para copias de la oración en 18 idiomas ver: http://jpicformation.wikispaces.com/EN_18Dec PRIÈRE POUR CEUX QUI SONT MIGRANTS - JOURNÉE MONDIALE DES MIGRANTS (18 DÉCEMBRE): Cette Journée Internationale offre l'opportunité de promouvoir la conscience des réalités concernant les migrants, en agrandissant la connaissance des procès sociaux, économiques et démographiques qui ont un effet sur elles. Per le copie della preghiera in 18 lingue vai a:  http://jpicformation.wikispaces.com/EN_18Dec

Typhoon Bopha leaves trail of destruction in Philippines

By |10 December 2012|

By Jen Hardy, CRS Communications Officer Lush trees dominate the landscape in the tropical Philippines. But in this mountainous section of Mindanao, brown, barren landscape now stretches into the distance. The trees that stayed standing were stripped bare on 3 December, as Typhoon Bopha devastated areas of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental. In many areas, every tree, stretching to the mountains in the distance, lies snapped on the ground. Massive banana plantations have been flattened, leaving only traces of homes and other structures. Bananas sit rotting in the mud, and plantation labourers worry that with no bananas to harvest they’ve lost their incomes just as they’re grappling with so much other loss. Fele Ondocan is thankful that her home in Andap barangay is only damaged, not totally destroyed. “The roof and part of the frame blew away, but we found it nearby. We’re relieved, because we can’t afford to buy new materials,” she said. [...]

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