The Caritas Internationalis General Assembly (12-17 May) is on the theme of ‘One Human Family, Caring for Creation’. Over 300 delegates will set plans for the next 4 years aimed at improving the lives of those living in poverty and misery.
Caritas thinks ahead, helping local communities alongside displaced ones to prevent conflict beginning between the two. Caritas provides skills training, education and housing – helping people get back home together, back to working and learning.
Caritas aid missions are reporting that villages in remote areas of Nepal have been utterly devastated by the earthquake. Villages close to the epicentre are 60 percent destroyed with people in urgent need of shelter.
Most of the Caritas relief efforts have been based in Kathmandu, because of the great difficulty in accessing areas outside of the city. Over the next few days, Caritas aims to reach these areas outside of the city by mobilising its strong Church network.
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.