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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

  • Syria’s tragedy in black and white

Syria’s tragedy in black and white

  • 27 September 2016
Nowhere is the level of destruction in Syria more evident than in the city of Homs. One of the first theatres of war between government and rebel forces, the sprawling, ancient metropolis has been turned into a post-apocalyptic landscape.
  • Ethiopia hit by drought and food shortages

Ethiopia hit by drought and food shortages

  • 19 September 2016
Demand for aid has risen dramatically. More than 10.2 million people now need emergency food assistance, 1.2 million women and children need supplementary food aid, 400,000 children are suffering from severe malnutrition.
  • Millions of drought-hit Zimbabweans face hunger

Millions of drought-hit Zimbabweans face hunger

  • 13 September 2016
In some of the worst-hit parts of the country, between a half and two-thirds of households are going hungry. caritas is feeding school children and poor farming families.