South Africa
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

  • Spiritual and ethical dimensions in dealing with climate change

Spiritual and ethical dimensions in dealing with climate change

  • 12 December 2011
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.
  • Durban climate talks: We have a voice

Durban climate talks: We have a voice

  • 3 December 2011
This page is also available in: French, SpanishBy Patrick Nicholson Thousands of civil society campaigners marched through Durban to protest at a failure of governments within the UN climate talks to make progress on cutting greenhouse gas emissions and providing financing for poor countries to adapt to the consequences of extreme weather conditions. Among them were Caritas staff from Africa, Europe and Latin America, who joined interfaith campaigners calling for a voice at the talks. “We are protagonists of our own future,” said Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga earlier to some of the marchers. They were participating at a meeting organised by German Catholic development agency Misereor and Catholic development network CIDSE.

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Address Khanya House,
399 Paul Kruger Street,
Pretoria 0002,
South Africa
Postal Address P.O Box 941,
Pretoria 0001,
South Africa
Telephone +27 12 323 7010
Fax +27 12 323 7016 / 086 668 2172
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