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Address: ul Petar Poparsov br. 43, 1000 Skopje, Macedonia
Telephone: +389 2 3224 190 / +389 2 3220 622
Email: makedonski.karitas@gmail.com

Caritas Macedonia is the humanitarian organisation of the Catholic Church in Macedonia. It was founded in 1991 in Skopje with the aim of helping those who are most in need – regardless of national, religious and political ideologies. Caritas Macedonia’s humanitarian assistance has provided vital relief items such as food, clothing and medical assistance to the most vulnerable groups of people, especially after the war in Kosovo in 1999 and the Macedonian conflict of 2001. Special emphasis was given to the elderly and the most vulnerable citizens such as refugees in Macedonia and the Roma, with assistance that helped them secure documents, citizenship and various educational courses.

Caritas Macedonia programmes help poor families with no income or whose social assistance is around 30-50 euros a month; the provisions include the basic necessities of food, clothing and medicine.

A major aspect of the work of Caritas Macedonia is a 9-month education project for 100 Roma children so that they can learn to speak and write the Macedonian language, a requirement for entering primary education.

Since summer 2015, Caritas Macedonia is present at two important points of the Balkan route in Macedonia: entrance in and exit from Macedonia, supporting migrants/refugees primarily by food distribution first through EA and then through bilateral collaboration with different partners.

The National Office of Caritas Macedonia is located in Skopje and there are Caritas parishes in all parts of the country. The local bishop serves as President while the organisational work is entrusted to the Director. The Caritas parishes are led by the parish priest and volunteers help carry out their humanitarian mission.

Caritas Macedonia is a member of Caritas Europa and Caritas Internationalis and has worked with many members from the Caritas network.

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