Caritas Côte d’Ivoire
Caritas Côte d’Ivoire, the charitable organisation of the Catholic Church of Côte d’Ivoire, was established in 1955 and registered with the Ministry of the Interior in 1968. It aims to promote the development of all human persons and every aspect of the human person by creating an awareness of solidarity, sharing, social justice and peace in accordance with the values of the Gospel.
Caritas Côte d’Ivoire is present throughout the country and operates via 15 diocesan Caritas and over 400 parochial Caritas to assist the most disadvantaged people. These parochial Caritas comprise the operational teams with more than 20,000 basic ecclesial communities, where efforts have been made to fully implement charity for over 50 years.
Caritas Côte d’Ivoire has three main areas of intervention, namely emergency assistance, human development, healthcare and the fight against HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.
It is involved in programmes that encourage agricultural development, improvement of access to potable water and sanitation systems, and support for income-generating activity projects.
Caritas Côte d’Ivoire is working on human rights and the protection of vulnerable children from exploitation via a project that combats the worse kinds of child labour in the cocoa growing sector, on a project to reintegrate repatriated Ivoirians, and on an assistance project for Liberian refugees in Côte d’Ivoire. It also carries out advocacy and works on social cohesion, reconciliation and peacebuilding initiatives.
In order to achieve its objectives, Caritas Côte d’Ivoire works in partnership with national and international humanitarian and development organisations, including: UNHCR, the Global Fund, ICI BNETD (Ivorian government agency), members of the Caritas network (France; Spain; South Korea; Japan; Italy; USA), WFP, UNDP, UNICEF, WHO, FAO, etc.
Caritas Updates from Ivory Coast
Jean Djoman, the head of Caritas Cote d’Ivoire emergency team, explains what happened during the months of violence and how Caritas is helping displaced people rebuild their lives.
On 3 October 2011, the International Criminal Court (ICC) authorised its prosecutor to investigate crimes against humanity and war crimes alleged to have been committed in Côte d’Ivoire by the forces of former President Laurent Gbagbo and President Alassane Ouattara.
Caritas Ivory Coast Info
|Address||Abidjan, Cocody 2 Plateaux–Angré,
Rue L 135, Lot 3561, Près de la Paroisse Saint Ambroise
|Postal Address||01 BP 2590
|Telephone||+225 224 20 684
+225 224 29 596
|Fax||+225 224 20 698|
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