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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 stands with Iraqi people

Caritas stands with Iraqi people

  • 21 August 2014
As the conflict in Iraq deepens, Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga sends Church leaders and the people of Iraq a message of support.
  • Iraqi Chrisitians find safety in Jordan

Iraqi Chrisitians find safety in Jordan

  • 20 August 2014
Caritas Jordan is paying airfare from Erbil to Amman for 1000 Iraqi Christians fleeing persecution, and then shelter and other aid once they arrive in Jordan.
  • Caritas aiding flood evacuees in Nepal

Caritas aiding flood evacuees in Nepal

  • 20 August 2014
Caritas Nepal is responding to massive flooding in Nepal, where continuous rainfall last week wiped out homes, roads and crops and sent people fleeing from their homes.