Caritas launches prize to honour women against hunger

By |7 March 2014|

Caritas Internationalis and the Fidel Götz Foundation are launching the Women Sowers of Development Prize to honour the role of women in solving world hunger.

Drugs, dignity and drive to end AIDS

By |27 February 2014|

Faith-based organisations lay down roadmap at Caritas-UNAIDS meeting to strengthen collaboration and bring an end to HIV and AIDS.

A spark of hope for Syrian mothers in Jordan

By |13 August 2013|

By Dana Shahin, Caritas Jordan

Hanan Yousef Abdel-Razaq lost her home and a four-year old daughter during an attack on Dara’a in Syria in January. She fled to Jordan with her two remaining children, sons aged five and three.

Hanan is one of the over half a million Syrian refugees now living in Jordan because it’s too dangerous to remain in Syria where a bloody civil war is raging into its third year. The refugees come with nothing, and need food, shelter, education and healthcare.

One in eight Syrian refugees in Jordan are women or children.

“I heard about Caritas first from my sister,” said Hanan. “When I came here to register, they asked me about my family and I said I had two children. They immediately offered me services for me and for my children.”

Caritas Jordan has register 130,000 Syrian refugees to receive its aid. They will receive food vouchers, help with accommodation, […]

Clean hands save lives for Somali refugees in Kenya

By |8 August 2013|

Caritas Internationalis has launched two appeals for Somali refugees living near Dadaab in Kenya since 2011. In Kambioos, Caritas works through its American member CRS to provide training on hygiene and better sanitation.

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.

Six months after Hurricane Sandy hit Cuba

By |5 May 2013|

Santiago is one of the largest cities on Cuba, situated on the eastern tip of the island, about 1000km drive from the capital Havana. It’s over one million inhabitants were severely affected when Hurricane Sandy's made land fall with winds of over 185 km/h on the night 24 October 2012.

Caritas Italy marks earthquake anniversaries

By |4 April 2013|

Read the original in Italian. It’s nearly four years since an earthquake rocked the Italian region of Abruzzo, reducing the historical town of L’Aquila to rubble. And it’s almost a year since another earthquake struck the north-east of Italy. Caritas Italy has been working side by side with the affected communities since both disasters. The Abruzzo earthquake left almost 300 people dead and tens of thousands homeless when it struck in the middle of the night on 6th April 2009 The diocesan Caritas pitched in immediately to provide the people of Aquila with food, clothes and other essentials in the wake of the earthquake. Beyond catering to the material needs, Caritas Italy also brought spiritual comfort to the shattered communities.

Chile rises from the rubble

By |31 March 2013|

The 8.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Chile on 27 February was one of the largest ever recorded. The epicentre was near Chile’s second largest city, Concepción, but tremors were in neighbouring countries such as Argentina and Peru and tsunami warnings were issued in dozens of countries.

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.

A Decade in Darfur: Caring for the Sick

By |8 March 2013|

Ten years ago, when thousands of families first crowded into Darfur’s camps, there were few medical options. Many turned to hit-or-miss traditional remedies, or simply hoped for the best. For life-threatening problems like scorpion stings, difficult childbirth, and malaria, camp residents were at the mercy of fate.

The Least of These: Helping Leprosy Patients in Darfur

By |21 February 2013|

The NCA programme also teaches people how to recognize the signs of leprosy quickly, because if the disease is caught early on, it can be stopped in its tracks. Since the training, medical assistants have identified new cases and patients have started treatment with tablets provided by the government.

A Decade in Darfur: Mothers and Children at Risk

By |21 February 2013|

With thousands of others, Nawal escaped to one of Sudan’s camps for displaced people. They were safer there, but could no longer earn a living by farming. Some camp residents do tasks like brickmaking, making enough money to buy the day’s kilo or two of grain.

A Decade in Darfur: Healing Relationships

By |21 February 2013|

“When I entered my farm, it was so pretty that I was singing.” Abubakar, a 37-year-old father of ten, was happy with the rainy season in Darfur in mid-2012. “I saw I’d have a good harvest.”

Abubakar had put a lot of work into his crops of groundnuts, millet, maize and okra. “At the beginning of the season, I peeled the groundnuts to plant. It’s hard to shell so many. My fingers hurt and were swollen,” he remembers. “I worked on the farm for hours each day. I sweat so much my clothes were soaked.”

Not far away, thousands of livestock herders in Sudan were also working hard to keep their animals healthy and find food for them. “During the rainy season, nomads move from south to north,” says Mohammed Abdelkarem, a programme officer with Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), an implementing partner of Caritas. “On the journey, they pass through farming […]

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    Refugee helping refugee: inspiring stories from the Syrian crisis

Refugee helping refugee: inspiring stories from the Syrian crisis

By |21 February 2013|

By Patrick Nicholson

Tahani and Rahaf are both Syrian refugees who volunteer for Caritas Jordan to help their compatriots.

“We had a normal life,” said Rahaf Al Jaber, a 20 year old woman from the Syrian capital Damascus. “We went to university. We had friends. We were even a little spoiled by our parents. And then suddenly we had nothing. We were cold, hungry and alone.”

Rahaf fled with her family to Jordan after her father was threatened. “My father received a phone call saying he should leave or he will be killed. We left the house straight away, without time to pack.  We learned that our house was burned down later. We fled along back roads and through fields to avoid checkpoints. We walked across the border.”

They went to Zaatri refugee camp once they were in Jordan. “It’s in a desert. Life is very difficult,” she said. “We slept in tents […]

Creative solutions to helping Malian refugees in Niger

By |8 February 2013|

CADEV, Caritas Niger is working in four camps helping 18,000 Malian refugees. They fled there after rebels seized the north of Mali last year, triggering a flow of refugees in Africa’s Sahel region. Caritas Niger is registering an increase of refuges since the French military intervention in January.

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