Happy the pizzamakers

By |29 August 2010|

By Michelle Hough

Take some flour, water, yeast, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and a pinch of salt.
Add 15 immigrants from around the world.
Mix them together with a Caritas Roma course…

The fire’s stoked up, the ingredients are ready and for 15 immigrants in Rome, today is exam day.

They’ve gathered at a cooking school in the suburbs of the Eternal City to show what they’ve learned on a 200-hour pizza-making course run by Caritas Roma.

“One of the most difficult things about making a pizza is trying to get it into the centre of the oven,” says Saeed Anwar from Afghanistan. “You have to make sure it doesn’t drop off the spade as you shovel it in. You also have to make sure it doesn’t go too near the edges so it doesn’t get burnt.”

For the exam, students cook not only pizza but also mouth-watering starters such as rice balls, stuffed olives and potato croquettes. Once […]

Caritas supporting Polish caretakers working in Germany

By |29 August 2010|

The first Polish home care providers supported through a German-Polish Caritas cooperation have started working in Germany. The project was created to bring together Polish home care providers and elderly Germans assisted by Caritas in their homes.

Migrant domestic workers campaign

By |29 August 2010|

They look after your children, they clean your kitchen and hang your washing but often they are invisible. For many migrant domestic workers around the world the law doesn’t protect them and their rights are trampled underfoot. They are often women and they work long hours for low pay. They have little economic security and protection from abuses.

Caritas is urging the international community to protect migrant domestic workers. They need respect from employers, freedom to change jobs and legal recognition of their work. They deserve the same rights as other workers enjoy. “Under one roof, under one law”.

Find out more about Caritas work on the issue of migrant domestic workers:


Protect migrant domestic worker rights
Women’s Day: Protect domestic workers
Protect maids, nannies and carers from exploitation
Needed and Exploited – the invisible suffering of migrant domestic workers

PRAYER: The woman next to you


From Mongolia to Brussels

Caritas supporting Polish caretakers working in Germany


Taiwan’s […]

Women’s Day: Protect domestic workers

By |27 February 2010|

The 8th of March marks International Women’s Day which celebrates the achievements of women around the world. But for all the women who achieve success, there are also women who suffer great difficulties in achieving even the basic necessities for a healthy and happy life.

In its work, Caritas’ focuses on the effects of migration on women. Migrants represent 2.9 percent of the world’s population and half of these are women. Women who migrate from their country often work in people’s homes in their new country and are vulnerable to abuse.

On International Women’s Day Caritas is calling on governments and the international community to protect migrants who work in people’s homes as maids, nannies and carers from exploitation.

What the world needs to remember is that these women who care for us in our own homes and who make huge sacrifices to find a job abroad, also need caring for themselves.

Learn […]

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