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Caritas on Conflicts and Disasters

Conflicts and Disasters

An emergency can strike at any time, overwhelming the most vulnerable people and leaving them with nothing.

But there is Caritas, the helping arm of the Catholic Church. Caritas acts fast to save lives and livelihoods in emergencies.

Caritas has a unique worldwide network of more than 160 member organisations with the experience and skills to respond efficiently and effectively. Its strong roots – put down over decades – means Caritas is there both before the emergency and afterwards.

Caritas also looks to the future, investing in its emergency preparedness and response skills to face emergencies like floods or droughts. It is energetically focused on disaster risk reduction – which means taking steps to lessen the harm done by repeated natural disasters in the same country or area.

Caritas also forges dialogue to prevent the conflicts which cause suffering and loss and works to transform active conflicts into peaceful settlements.

“No more will violence be heard in your land, despoiling or breakdown within your boundaries.” (Isaiah 60:18)

Caritas Updates on Conflicts and Disasters

  • A journey into Haiti’s hurricane heartland

A journey into Haiti’s hurricane heartland

  • 12 October 2016
Seeing the destruction wrought by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti’s South and Grand Anse is beyond anything that we could have imagined. The land has been washed away by the storm says Fr. Jean-Hervé Francois, director general of Caritas Haiti.
  • Hurricane-hit Haiti appeal

Hurricane-hit Haiti appeal

  • 7 October 2016
Caritas is launching an international appeal for 250,000 euros for hurricaine-hit Haiti. Over 15,500 people fled their homes and 350,000 need help.
  • Stop Aleppo bombing

Stop Aleppo bombing

  • 7 October 2016
100,000 children are among those trapped in the beseiged Syrian city of Aleppo. An urgent ceasefire is needed to get the injured out and food and other aid in.
Our key areas in Conflicts and Disasters
How Caritas works in Conflicts and Disasters

Caritas responds to emergencies across the globe, leads peacebuilding efforts in violence-ridden areas and helps local organisations prepare for potential disasters of all kinds. Read more about these programmes and activities here.

Emergency appeals
Caritas is currently accepting donation for relief for the following emergencies
Recent emergencies