Siyabhabha Trust Caritas South Africa
Caritas South Africa was founded in 1970 in response to the poverty most people were suffering as a result of apartheid. Widespread poverty and inequality are still major problems in the country, which also has one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world.
Caritas South Africa focuses on economic justice, peace and reconciliation, human development and climate change. It is committed to providing people from every faith, origin and background, with the means to realise their full potential and become contributors to the common good.
Some of its most relevant programmes include:
Capacity Building to respond to local needs and actively engage local communities in decision-making and in development processes;
Early Childhood Development to widen circles of care for young children (0-6 years) affected by poverty, harmonise and improve standards of service-delivery for young children in poor communities, strengthen democratic and governance structures;
Economic Strengthening to implement strategies for sustainable work opportunities in vulnerable groups with activities such as craftwork for unemployed women;
Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods supports emerging smallholder farmers and householders;
Promoting Action for Community Care and Empowerment, aims to reduce the effect of socioeconomic and health difficulties (mental, spiritual, physical) amongst vulnerable groups.
In the light of the xenophobic attacks in South Africa, the need for asylum seekers and migrants to be integrated into South African communities has taken on a new significance.
In this situation, the Peace Building and Social Cohesion programme engaged the different stakeholders in conversations and dialogues. Another example has been the Peace Cup in soccer to promote solidarity and non-violence, disregarding geographical borders and social classes.
Caritas South Africa is a partner of other organisations such as Lima Rural Development Foundation, the Japanese Embassy, National Lotto Funds, Irish Aid, Motsepe Foundation, First National Bank and DG Murray Trust.
Caritas Updates from South Africa
Today, on contemplating our skies and lands, we should heighten our sensitivity to discover the signs that impel our cooperation as religious communities. Rather than stifling us, may our discussions foster the emergence of a common pool of creative responses, committed actions and fraternal solidarity to deal with climate change.
Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga says failure at climate talks in Durban is a “moral apartheid” that cannot be allowed to happen.
Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga brought the concerns of Caritas members to one of the most important negotiating groups at the Durban climate talks: the 132 nation G77 and China bloc of developing countries.
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