• Children play in sandbox. Three years after the tsunami, 200,000 people are still living in temporary shelters. Credit: Caritas Japan
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    Third anniversary of the great East Japan earthquake and tsunami: Message of the President of Caritas Japan

Third anniversary of the great East Japan earthquake and tsunami: Message of the President of Caritas Japan

By |6 March 2014|

Three years have passed since the massive earthquake and tsunami hit Tohoku area of Japan which destroyed and changed lives of so many people in Japan. More than seventeen thousand lives were taken away.

A widow in need of food in the Philippines after Haiyan

By |6 March 2014|

Violeta Ofianga is a 66-year-old widow who lost almost everything she had to Typhoon Haiyan on Friday 8th November 2013.

Lenten 2014 message: Equality, simplicity and sharing

By |5 March 2014|

Lenten message from Cardinal Oscar Andrès Rodríguez Maradiaga SDB, President of Caritas Internationalis."Each of us can live more simply, consume less, waste less and be more conscious of our choices."

A young girl in need of water in Philippines after Haiyan

By |6 February 2014|

When Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in November, ten-year-old Honeyrea was taking shelter in a gymnasium on Leyte island, along with her family and other members of the community. It was an experience she will never forget.

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.

Buying and selling people

By |21 January 2014|

Almost 21 million people are the victims of trafficking. The vast majority are from Asia and are women. Christian organisations supported by Caritas Internationalis are working together to combat trafficking.
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    Food and shelter distributions going well in typhoon-hit Philippines

Food and shelter distributions going well in typhoon-hit Philippines

By |17 December 2013|

In total, Caritas Switzerland is supporting 9,000 families on Bantayan and neighbouring islands – some of them only reachable by small fishing boats.

Clean water for Philippines typhoon survivors

By |17 December 2013|

Caritas member Catholic Relief Services is providing clean water and sanitation for more than 100,000 people around Palo.

Philippines one month after: A personal reflection

By |16 December 2013|

In Palo, the diocesan driver told us how he huddled together with his family at the height of the storm as their roof was blown away and watched in fear as three big waves came in succession towards their village
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    Aid efforts in full swing one month after Philippines typhoon

Aid efforts in full swing one month after Philippines typhoon

By |12 December 2013|

One month since Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, Caritas organisations have been providing aid to affected communities.

Hope still standing in the Philippines

By |4 December 2013|

Challenges abound: blocked and damaged roads; the airport in Tacloban has been reduced to a shell but crammed full of local flights airlines and the heavy-lift C130 defence aircraft from around the world.

Caritas to launch global wave of prayer to end hunger

By |29 November 2013|

The Caritas confederation will launch a global “wave of prayer” to promote an end to world hunger on 10th December. It marks the beginning of the Caritas anti-hunger campaign, One Human Family, Food For All. The wave starts on the island of Samoa and will sweep across the globe involving Caritas organisations and many other people on all continents.

Reaching remote areas of Philippines hit by typhoon

By |26 November 2013|

“I didn't want to leave my parishioners. But when the roof of my house was blown away and the wind shattered the windows, I had to get away,” said Fr Jose Taz Lasola from the Padre Pio mission in Roxas, on the island of Panay, one of the areas most seriously affected by the violent Typhoon Haiyan.

Temporary shelter distribution after Philippines typhoon

By |21 November 2013|

Caritas and the Church have been working hard to provide aid to the compound in Bossangoa, including blankets and food. But the insecurity and disorder makes that very difficult. Needs are acute and growing.

Hitching aid flight to worst hit areas of Philippines

By |20 November 2013|

The Caritas team traveled with their cargo to Tacloban, one the worst hit cities. “The damage to Tacloban is incredible,” said Mark Mitchell. “The tarps that we’re bringing are greatly needed by survivors for temporary shelter.”

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