April 27, 2015

Heartbreaking scenes in Nepal

By |27 April 2015|

Lilian Chan, Caritas Australia Online Editor, was working in Kathmandu when the earthquake struck. She shares her experience of being thrown into a major humanitarian emergency.

Urgent need for shelter in quake-hit Nepal

By |27 April 2015|

Vast tent cities have sprung up in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, for people displaced by a major earthquake at the weekend as strong aftershocks continue. Caritas Nepal has been providing tarpaulins to offer protection from the rain and cold temperatures.

Caritas aid reaches Nepal earthquake survivors

By |26 April 2015|

Caritas aid workers are reaching survivors in Nepal after a major earthquake. Many are sleeping out in the open and need food and temporary shelter.

Major earthquake hits Nepal

By |25 April 2015|

Caritas Nepal staff are rushing to respond to a strong earthquake. The quake measured 7.9. The epicentre was between the capital Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara. Extensive damage has been reported, with loss of life and injury. An eye witness account from the director of Caritas Nepal.

August 20, 2014

Caritas aiding flood evacuees in Nepal

By |20 August 2014|

Caritas Nepal is responding to massive flooding in Nepal, where continuous rainfall last week wiped out homes, roads and crops and sent people fleeing from their homes.

March 25, 2014

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    Protecting Nepalese children from trafficking and unsafe migration

Protecting Nepalese children from trafficking and unsafe migration

By |25 March 2014|

Through a combination of awareness-raising programmes, radio outreach and training, Caritas Nepal is working to prevent human trafficking, unsafe migration and violence against women along some of Nepal's border areas.

January 29, 2014

Lifting the lid on human trafficking

By |29 January 2014|

Pope Francis says human trafficking is a crime against humanity. Caritas and other Christian organisations work together through COATNET to expose the crime.

February 25, 2013

  • In Nepal, Caritas provides group housing and education for children living with or affected by HIV and AIDS. Credits: Katie Orlinsky/Caritas
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    Ask an expert: Is there a right way to tell a child about their HIV status?

Ask an expert: Is there a right way to tell a child about their HIV status?

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.

December 17, 2012

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

August 31, 2012

Banning women from work is not the answer, says Caritas

By |31 August 2012|

Nepal’s August 2012 ban preventing women under 30 from working in Gulf countries is well-meaning but misguided, according to Caritas migration experts. The ban is intended to protect young women from suffering abuse while they work as maids in private homes. For years, Caritas has worked with survivors of such abuse. “We appreciate the government of Nepal’s concern for migrant domestic workers,” says Rupa Rai of Caritas Nepal. “But the problems women face in Gulf countries will not decrease because of this age bar.” Each year, hundreds of thousands of women leave Asian countries like Nepal, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the Philippines to work in Gulf countries such as Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Some are treated well, but others work long hours without being paid, often suffering beatings and sexual abuse. Instead of banning migration outright, countries should develop “better strategies to provide both safety and decent work for women,” says Rai. [...]

July 19, 2012

Compassion and Care for Nepal’s HIV patients

By |19 July 2012|

“My husband was getting sick a lot. He had tests—we went to different hospitals.” In the early 2000s, Manjula*, a woman raised in India but living in Nepal, was concerned that both her husband and small daughter were so often ill. “Then we went to a shaman. He said my husband got sick because he married a non-Nepali girl.” Neither shamans nor hospital doctors could pinpoint what was really wrong. Manjula’s daughter Sonam* “always got sick—fever, dizziness , fainting,” Manjula remembers. “They thought it was things like pneumonia. She’d take antibiotics.” After years of false leads, the family finally learned the truth: all three of them had HIV. “My husband was becoming thin as a stick,” says Manjula. “He died.” Manjula was left alone with Sonam and a second daughter, a baby who was HIV-negative. “It was difficult to get the treatment in the village,” she says. “I didn’t know anything about [...]

May 16, 2012

Photo exhibit highlights plight of Nepali women

By |16 May 2012|

Caritas staff members and colleagues from six continents were in Rome for Caritas Internationalis governance meetings this week. They also had time to  see a photo exhibit showcasing Caritas’ work to stop human trafficking and unsafe migration. The exhibit, hosted at the residence of U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Miguel Diaz and funded by the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See, featured images of young women in Nepal who are at risk of being trafficked. The photographs, which were taken by Katie Orlinsky, showed rural and urban scenes of women in Nepal, one of Asia’s poorest countries. Caritas members around the world work together to raise awareness of false job advertising and other tactics that traffickers use to lure women into unsafe situations.

April 27, 2012

Sold out: Migration and human trafficking in Nepal

By |27 April 2012|

In Asia’s slums or impoverished villages, women and teenage girls will listen when a well-dressed stranger offers them a job. In Nepal, a poor country on the northeast border with India, thousands of young women leave their homes in search of work abroad. Sometimes the jobs offered are legitimate—the women earn money and help their families. But sometimes they are sold by human traffickers and are forced to work for free. In the worst cases, they are beaten or forced into prostitution. Click on the photo to the left to see an audiovisual feature about the problem—and to find out what Caritas is doing to help. Photos by Katie Orlinsky or Laura Sheahen Audio by Laura Sheahen

FAQs on human trafficking in Nepal

By |27 April 2012|

What is human trafficking?  Human trafficking is a crime in which traffickers deceive and recruit people, often across national borders, for the purpose of exploitation (forced labour, beggary, prostitution or removal of organs). Traffickers often lure impoverished victims with false promises of good jobs. When a person is working against their will, is not being paid, and is unable to leave--or if the conditions of their work are not regulated--they may be victims of trafficking. Where is Nepal and what is happening in Nepal?  Nepal is an extremely poor country on the northeast border with India. Due to poverty and lack of jobs, many Nepali people consider working abroad to earn money for their families. What kinds of fake jobs are being offered?  Unscrupulous employment agents in Nepal might offer teenage girls work as a housemaid, or offer to make them a movie star in India. Other agents offer men construction jobs in the [...]

In Nepal, a Walk Down Cheat Street

By |27 April 2012|

Caritas tries to offer at-risk people other options, giving small loans to poor women.