Burkina Faso

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Address: 01 B.P. 1195, Ouagadougou 01, Burkina Faso
Telephone: +226 25370034 Fax: +226 50371755
Email: ocades-sen@fasonet.bf
Facebook: OCADES-Caritas-Burkina
www.ocadesburkina.org

Caritas Burkina is also known as the Organisation Catholique pour le Développement et la Solidarité (OCADES). It was founded in 1956 with the establishment of the Upper Volta delegation of Secours Catholique, which became Caritas Upper Volta in 1961. The year 1973 saw the establishment of the Research and Liaison Office. OCADES was established on February 5, 1998 by merging the Research and Liaison Office and Caritas. It covers the entire country via 15 diocesan offices and over 200 Caritas parish branches. The organisation aims to promote mainly community and integral human development, social justice, peace and human rights.

Caritas Burkina operates in the areas of human development, solidarity and sharing, operational capacity building and the areas of women, youth and family. Its programmes cover various sectors, including agriculture, emergency aid, access to basic social services, microfinance, humanitarian aid, reintegration and rehabilitation of vulnerable people, food security and the promotion of women in a Sahelian context affected by extreme variability and climate change.

In order to achieve its objectives, Caritas Burkina Faso works in partnership with various humanitarian and development organisations at national and international level. It strives to reduce poverty and vulnerability, by encouraging people to participate in their own development and by promoting good governance as well as national and international action aimed at fostering economic and social development.

Caritas Burkina Faso particularly aims to create a fair society, in which everyone has access to social services, potable water, education and the means of production, especially women.

Partnerships are different and varied. They integrate other Caritas Confederation members on issues of promotion of development and response to humanitarian crises. Caritas Internationalis, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Caritas Italy, Caritas Austria, Caritas Japan, Caritas Korea, Caritas Australia, Caritas Spain, Secours Catholique (Caritas France), Caritas International Belgium, Misereor, Canadian Foodgrains Bank, Development and Peace, Chrétiens pour le Sahel, Light For the World, etc.

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