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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

  • Advent appeal: the Holy Family and our family

Advent appeal: the Holy Family and our family

  • 25 November 2014
They escaped a massacre that threatened the life of their small son. They made the long journey from their home to a place that was safe, but still a place of exile, far from everything they understood.
  • New Ebola burials reflect religious concerns

New Ebola burials reflect religious concerns

  • 11 November 2014
In partnership with the Red Cross, Caritas Internationalis and other faith based organisation, the World Health Organisation has updated step-by-step processes for safe and dignified burials in the wake of the Ebola epidemic.
  • Sierra Leone’s Ebola crisis in pictures

Sierra Leone’s Ebola crisis in pictures

  • 10 November 2014
Greeting friends without hugging, waiting for relatives to emerge from quarantine, calling an ambulance that doesn’t arrive—this is what daily life in Sierra Leone looks like as Ebola ravages the West African country.