Aid Success Story

New challenges for the people of Lake Chad

New challenges for the people of Lake Chad

Balama was a village once located on the shores of Lake Chad, in the east of the county. Since the 1960s, the lake has been greatly reduced. A changing climate and uncontrolled use of water for irrigated agricultures combined with population pressure, has led to the receding of the lake to 10 percent of its original surface.

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The women’s committee of Hadj al-Dérib in Chad

The women’s committee of Hadj al-Dérib in Chad

It is only natural that the women work together in the field in Hadj al-Dérib. All 120 women of the village are members of a committee, which takes care of the cultivation of various crops as well as the granary and the mill. Each committee has a president, a vice-president and a secretary.

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Tide turns in Kreghané, Chad

Tide turns in Kreghané, Chad

In August 2011, when it stopped raining during the days of cultivation of the land, not all grain was sown. The amount of grain that grew during the following weeks was a lot less than during a normal year. Cornfields have also been plagued by the locusts just before harvest time.

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Good day sunshine: Powering up Darfur

Good day sunshine: Powering up Darfur

Hazel Williams is the humanitarian coordinator for Darfur of CAFOD (Caritas England and Wales). She recently paid a visit to some of the many camps that house people who have fled fighting in the region. Caritas works with the Act Alliance of Protestant and Orthodox aid agencies in a unique ecumenical cooperation, through the operations of ...

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Tsunami Zone: A Day in the Life of a Caritas Japan Volunteer

Tsunami Zone: A Day in the Life of a Caritas Japan Volunteer

Interview with Ms. Seiko Ise  More than 2500 people have volunteered for Caritas Japan programs helping survivors of the March2011 tsunami. Here, a Caritas coordinator describes what the volunteers do–and what motivates them.   How do people get started volunteering for Caritas Japan?  People find out about volunteering with Caritas through the internet or from friends. ...

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Recreating shattered homes and hearts in Japan

Recreating shattered homes and hearts in Japan

In March 2011, one of the worst earthquakes in recent memory triggered a massive tsunami off the northeast coast of Japan. The tidal wave killed thousands of people and destroyed huge swaths of seaside towns. Caritas Japan immediately began helping survivors. It mobilized over 2000 volunteers to help clean debris, distribute needed items like heaters, ...

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In southern Haiti mothers are at the heart of development strategy

In southern Haiti mothers are at the heart of development strategy

Food security, especially that of children, is a major problem in Haiti. Caritas has put in place various initiatives in the province of Les Cayes in southern Haiti to deal with this issue. With the help of CRS, the local Caritas has set up more than 200 mothers groups. What’s a mothers group? “As the ...

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Schools reopen in Haiti after 2010 Earthquake

Schools reopen in Haiti after 2010 Earthquake

“When the school collapsed, what was essential was finding the children. The rest was just material,” said Sr. Josette Drouinaud of the Mère Delia Institute for primary and secondary school girls in the bustling Delmas neighbourhood of the Port-au-Prince. When the earthquake of 12 January struck Haiti, the primary school crumbled. The students had finished ...

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