January 9, 2015

Rebuilding Haiti five years after earthquake

By |9 January 2015|

On 12 January 2010, an earthquake devastated Haiti. In less than one minute, almost half of the homes in Port-au-Prince and its surroundings were reduced to dust. An outpouring of generosity by Catholics worldwide meant that Caritas could both respond to immediate needs and rebuild for the long term.

CRS working for a prosperous and independent Haiti

By |9 January 2015|

Catholic Relief Services (a US member of the Caritas confederation) has been working in Haiti for 50 years. The morning after the 12th January 2010 earthquake, CRS staff members who had lived through the disaster themselves were aiding survivors.

Dispatch from the Ebola frontline in Liberia

By |8 January 2015|

2014 was a terrible year for Liberia. Everyone has a horror story. Whole families were eradicated. The Catholic hospital here in Monrovia lost most of its health staff and management. They didn’t run away; they are dead.

Winter storm hits refugees in Middle East

By |8 January 2015|

A winter storm has blanketed much of the Middle East in snow, leaving refugees huddling for warmth in their makeshift tents. Caritas has run winterization programmes, providing fuel, warm clothes and bedding and making tents and accommodation more resistant to cold conditions.

Five years after Haiti earthquake

By |5 January 2015|

The Haiti earthquake was one of the biggest emergencies Caritas has ever dealt with. Over 300,000 people died as a result of the massive tremor and over a million people were without a home.

December 24, 2014

Christmas message of hope for Syria

By |24 December 2014|

Caritas Syria President Bishop Audo says he feels attacked by the poverty in his country but finds hope in the Christmas message.

Brutal year ends in Ebola-hit West Africa

By |23 December 2014|

When the worst outbreak of Ebola in history struck West Africa, Caritas swung into action. Much has been done to contain the outbreak and care for communities affected, but more action is needed in 2015.

Help the victims of Darfur’s forgotten conflict in 2015

By |23 December 2014|

Caritas/ACT Alliance* are seeking €5.3 million (US$6.8 million) to fund programmes they are supporting in Darfur in 2015.

Pope Francis and Caritas working for peace

By |23 December 2014|

Caritas organisations around the world live and breathe the words of Pope Francis' message for peace.

Tsunami reflections from Aceh

By |22 December 2014|

The 26 December 2004, a tsunami devastated Aceh. The crew of the fishing boat Centosa recieved Caritas support. See how their lives have changed ten years later.

Caritas Jordan: child refugees need schools

By |19 December 2014|

Earlier this year, Caritas Jordan received the approval of the Jordanian government to receive Iraqi Christian refugees fleeing persecution by Islamic extremists in Mosul and the Ninevah Plains.

War in Syria: day in the life

By |19 December 2014|

Dozens of mortars continue to fall daily on the villages, towns and cities of Syria, causing daily deaths and injuries. Fighting rages between the government, opposition forces and the so-called ‘Islamic State’ militants who control large swathes of territory.
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    Latin Church leader: support Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Jordan

Latin Church leader: support Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Jordan

By |19 December 2014|

Ninety-five percent of the Syrian refugees who have arrived in Jordan are Muslims, since they came from the south of Syria which is mainly poor and Muslim.

Bleak Christmas for Iraqi Christians

By |19 December 2014|

Caritas has been providing food, clothing, heaters, blankets and winterizing some of homes for around 10,000 Christians, Yazidis and Muslims in Iraq.

Winter help for Iraqis fleeing persecution

By |19 December 2014|

Families in Zakho receive vouchers to buy $37 (€30) worth of winter clothes, which usually affords them a jacket, trousers and a pair of shoes. Hoerz said families were able to supplement this with donated second hand clothes.

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