There are three Caritas organisations in Belgium that constitute Caritas in Belgium (or Caritas Catholica Belgica).
Caritas International Belgium is the organisation in charge of international solidarity, including relief, development aid and assistance to migrants and asylum seekers. It is also the largest and operational member of Caritas in Belgium.
Catholica Flanders (Caritas Vlaanderen) and Caritas Catholica en Belgique francophone et germanophone are regional umbrella organisations that on the one hand deal with thematic issues regarding identity, pastoral care, voluntary work and combating poverty, while also bringing together diocesan Caritas organisations, solidarity organisations (including Caritas International Belgium) as well as other federations of social and health care services (like hospitals, elderly care residences, child care facilities and others).
Caritas International Belgium
In co-operation with international and national networks, Caritas International Belgium supports victims of war, natural disasters and poverty, whether they are refugees in Belgium or affected in their own countries. Their work provides access to healthy food, drinking water, medical care, education and employment to the most vulnerable people in order for them to become the subject of their own development.
Caritas International Belgium provides emergency aid in response to disasters or conflicts. This constitutes the central mission of the agency’s work. In case of crisis, Caritas International Belgium provides efficient and quick urgency help. Once the assistance has been delivered, they set into place rehabilitation and development projects in order to allow implicated communities to provide for their self-sufficiency.
Their rehabilitation and reconstruction programmes focus in various fields: food, security, housing, water and sanitation, healthcare and rehabilitation. Caritas International Belgium directs its attention to sustainable and increased production, the diversity of inputs, improved purchasing power, access to basic infrastructure (water, healthcare, education, housing) and community development.
The agency also works on programmes such as gender equality, HIV and AIDS prevention and environment and climatic issues.
Domestically, Caritas International Belgium organises the reception and accompaniment of asylum seekers and defends foreigners’ rights. Their social workers offer social and legal aid to migrants and asylum seekers and accompany them in their search for sustainable solutions. The expertise of its teams, both in Belgium and in the South, allows them to denounce injustices and plead for structural solutions.
Caritas International main office in Brussels employs over 100 personnel and 200 volunteers to carry out their services and mission.
To achieve a structural improvement in the living conditions of vulnerable groups, Caritas International Belgium builds lasting relationships with local partners; such as a project involving Caritas Goma to provide assistance to families in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Caritas Updates from Belgium
Pope Francis called attention to refugee families “often forced to flee their homes and countries in a hurry and losing all their belongings and their security to escape violence, persecution or serious discrimination because of their religion, ethnic identity or political ideas.”
Lack of water is the number one cause of food crises. Droughts have cost more lives in the past century than any other natural disaster. And two billion more to feed by 2050, more than ever, every drop counts in the fight against hunger. Caritas International invites you to join our campaign on this critical issue.
One cannot overemphasize the fact that the environmental challenge is the greatest global challenge humanity has ever confronted – one that concerns the very existence of the civilization and all ecosystems of the earth.
Caritas Belgium Info
|Postal Address||Rue de la Charité,
43 – 1210 Brussels
|Telephone||+32 2 229 36 11|
|Fax||+32 2 229 36 36|
|Caritas Catholica Vlaanderen
(Caritas Catholica in the Flemish speaking community)
|Postal Address||Liefdadigheidstraat, 39,
BE 1210 Brussels,
|Telephone||+32 2 608 00 72/td>|
|Caritas Catholica en Belgique Francophone et Germanophone A.S.B.L.
(Caritas in the Belgian French- and German-speaking Communities- CCF)
|Postal Address||Rue de la Charité, 39 –
1210 Brussel, Belgium
|Telephone||+32 2 230 39 27/td>|
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