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Caritas and Emergencies

Caritas and Emergencies
Caritas has a unique global presence – one million staff and volunteers – guided by compassion. When disaster strikes, it acts quickly and effectively to provide food and shelter, clean water and sanitation, medical help and the comfort of counseling to the bereaved and bereft.

Local Caritas teams have local knowledge and expertise, often built up over decades. They have the strong foundations of the Caritas family – the fellow members of the confederation – to call on for additional help. A national Caritas can ask for specialist staff, resources and funding by launching an Emergency Appeal.

Caritas also believes in being as ready as is possible to respond to emergencies by building preparedness and resilience. Stronger communities are more able to resist repeated natural disasters. Otherwise, the extreme weather brought by climate change will push people deeper into poverty. Caritas also invests in peacebuilding and conflict transformation programmes to ensure that lives and livelihoods are not lost in an emergency caused by conflict.

Caritas Updates on Emergencies

  • Caritas appeals for help on behalf of Gazans

Caritas appeals for help on behalf of Gazans

  • 22 July 2014
The Caritas emergency programme will provide medical supplies and medicines to four hospitals plus fuel for generators. Two thousand families will receive food parcels and 500 families will be given blankets.
  • Spiritual and material help for Gazans

Spiritual and material help for Gazans

  • 17 July 2014
Caritas Jerusalem has appealed for an emergency help in Gaza, but sometimes what people really need is a listening ear or just a kind word.
  • South Sudan’s independence hopes turn to dust

South Sudan’s independence hopes turn to dust

  • 11 July 2014
“Independence in 2011 was our joy because it meant that each and every one of us would stay at his home peacefully. Now, I have no home, no job and no peace in my mind. I am stranded.”