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Address: Kapitulská 18, SK-814 15 Bratislava, Slovakia
Telephone: +421 2 5443 1506 / +421 2 5443 2503
Email: sekretariat@charita.sk
Facebook: CaritasSlovakia
www.charita.sk

Caritas Slovakia rich history of helping people in need began with the initiative of Slovak Christians in 1927 when they undertook the task of providing material, healthcare, and cultural-educational support to the poorest of the poor. In 1950, Caritas Slovakia’s mission was halted by the Communist regime and Caritas was only allowed to operate charitable hospices for the elderly, ill priests, and nuns after convicts and religious houses were forced to close. It wasn’t until the fall of communism in 1989, when Caritas Slovakia was able to resume its original mission. Today it provides charitable, social, healthcare and educational services to the poor and marginalized and carries out humanitarian and development projects abroad.

With diocesan branches of Caritas all across Slovakia, Caritas programmes assist abandoned children, young people, and families in need. It provides shelter to the homeless, social integration for migrants and refugees, care for children and single mothers, hospices for the elderly, humanitarian aid in the event of a natural disasters or a conflict, and development projects to decrease poverty in developing countries.

Central to Caritas Slovakia’s work are social activities within Slovakia, but alongside this engagement Caritas Slovakia carries out humanitarian projects and child sponsorship programmes abroad. It partners with other organisations on humanitarian and development projects to provide food, clothing, water and shelter following natural disasters, such as floods, and support refugees in Africa, Middle East, Asia and Europe.

Caritas Slovakia realizes campaigns and programmes that focus on the elderly and the sick constitute one of the largest groups of beneficiaries of Caritas´ charitable services. Hospices have been established throughout Slovakia to provide medical, psychological and spiritual support to the elderly and terminally ill. The hospice team consists of doctors, nurses, home health aides, social workers, counsellors, and volunteers to provide medical supplies and equipment, home health aide services, social work services, and spiritual support and counselling.

Since 1997, Caritas Slovakia has run ‘Adoption from a Far’ which enables Slovakians to support underprivileged children in India, Albania, Haiti and Vietnam. Since 2013, Caritas Slovakia has supported children from Uganda and Kazakhstan.

The Caritas Slovakia Secretariat is located in Bratislava and cares for and helps 60 000 people in need. The Caritas Slovakia organisational structure consists of 10 diocesan and archdiocesan charities across the country. Caritas Slovakia legal representative is the General Secretary who is responsible for managing the activities of the Caritas Slovakia Secretariat and the charitable hospices. The Governing Board of Caritas Slovakia consists of the directors of diocesan and archdiocesan Caritas´ and the President of Caritas Slovakia is one of the Slovak bishops.

Caritas Slovakia is a member of Caritas Europe and Caritas Internationalis and often collaborates with Caritas members to provide emergency aid and support to countries all around the world.

Updates from Slovakia