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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

  • Save Aleppo

Save Aleppo

  • 4 May 2016
The battle for the Syrian city of Aleppo has left hundreds of people dead or injured. Joseph, a Caritas Syria employee in Aleppo, sent this report.
  • Nepal earthquake one year on: water the big challenge

Nepal earthquake one year on: water the big challenge

  • 28 April 2016
The issue of water in Nepal one year after the earthquake is of real concern for many of the communities Caritas has been speaking to. In the first community we went to in Thokarpa neither the school nor the health centre had water.
  • “We need the whole world” in Ecuador

“We need the whole world” in Ecuador

  • 27 April 2016
“Part of the idiosyncrasy of human nature is that when pain comes people unite,” says Fr. Euclides. “But they quickly forget about that pain and they forget about the affected. Right now we have a lot of donations, enough to feed our people. What worries me is what happens two weeks from now? How will our provisions be then?”