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Karina – Caritas Indonesia

The Karina Foundation was established on May 17, 2006 as the humanitarian body of the Bishops’ Conference on Indonesia (KWI). Reflecting “vocation” and “compassion”, Karina is a trusted institution owned by Catholic people in Indonesia. The Catholic Church in Indonesia works through Karina on disasters, both natural and man-made.

Karina also works on human rights, conflict and social violence, gender and other social injustices and is committed to assisting marginalized communities.

Karina also integrates disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in its work and supports sustainable stewardship of the environment. The emphasis is on community self-reliance and resilience in managing disaster risk reduction efforts. Communities participate in decision-making processes and gain access to public services for themselves.

The Karina network covers 23 diocesan Caritas. Most of the diocesan Caritas members are under the coordination of the existing Commission or Department (the Commission of Socio-Economic Development, the Commission of Peace and Justice and so on) at the diocese level. For dioceses without a Caritas, Karina cooperates with church organisations mandated by the bishop. Karina has 14 staff at the national level as well as volunteers in all diocesan Caritas organisations.

Karina also partners with the Caritas Internationalis (CI) confederation and its members, such as Caritas Austria, Caritas Australia, Caritas England and Wales (CAFOD), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Secours Catholique (Caritas France), Caritas Germany, Caritas Italy, Caritas Japan, CHARIS Singapore and Caritas Netherlands (Cordaid).

Caritas Updates from Indonesia

  • Tsunami reflections from Aceh

Tsunami reflections from Aceh

  • 22 December 2014
The 26 December 2004, a tsunami devastated Aceh. The crew of the fishing boat Centosa recieved Caritas support. See how their lives have changed ten years later.
  • Portraits from Aceh

Portraits from Aceh

  • 16 December 2014
“It would have taken longer to get back on our feet without Caritas. Things are good now. We have schools, hospitals and homes. The cooperative is going well and we have been able to improve the boats,” he said.


Caritas Indonesia Info


Postal Address Jl. Matraman No. 31,
Kebon Manggis, Matraman,
Jakarta Timur, 13150,
Propinsi D.K.I Jakarta,
Telephone +62 21 85906534
+62 21 859 06 540
Fax +62 21 895 06 763