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Address: Storgata 38, 0182 Oslo, P.B 9277 Grφnland 0134, Oslo, Norway
Telephone: +47 23 33 43 60
Email: caritas@caritas.no
Facebook: Caritas-Norge
www.caritas.no

Caritas Norway was founded in 1952 as Norsk Katolsk Flyktninghjelp (Norwegian Catholic Help for refugees) by the Catholic Church in Norway. In 1964 its current name was adopted. Today Caritas Norway is run as an independent humanitarian foundation.

From its headquarter in Oslo, Caritas Norway is working to improve life for people in Norway and in countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Norway’s vision is a world without hunger and extreme poverty, where people can live in dignity.

Internationally, Caritas Norway operates primarily through partnerships with other diocesan and national Caritas organizations, Caritas Internationalis and Caritas Europa. Domestically, Caritas Norway collaborates with parish-based Caritas groups, diaspora groups, NUK (National Catholic Youth Organisation) and the Norwegian Catholic dioceses, reaching out especially to migrants and refugees.

The services provided by Caritas Norway domestically include Resource Centres for immigrants in Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Drammen, and Trondheim. At these centres our employees and volunteers provide immigrants with information and guidance regarding their options and rights in the Norwegian labour market, temporary and permanent accommodation, advice concerning employment, vacant positions, how to apply for a job, alongside juridical and healthcare counselling. They also offer Norwegian language courses at several levels. In 2016 we started career counselling and other activities for asylum seekers in reception centres.

Around the world, Caritas Norway provides emergency relief and contribute to long term development.

To eradicate hunger and malnutrition are the main targets of Caritas Norway’s international efforts. Almost 800 million people are starving today and more than 70 percent of the world’s poor are living in rural areas and are dependent on the agriculture sector to survive. Investment in the agricultural sector is, according to the World Bank, at least twice as effective in reducing poverty as investments in any other sector. Therefore, Caritas Norway works to increase food security by providing small-scale farmers with training in climate-adapted agriculture.

Caritas Norway has programs in the following countries: Mali, Malawi, Uganda, DR Congo, Zambia, Niger, South Sudan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Ecuador, Honduras.

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