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Caritas Uruguay

Caritas Uruguay seeks to serve the most vulnerable members of Uruguayan society.

Caritas Uruguay is an organisation of the Uruguayan Bishops’ Conference and a member of the Caritas confederation. Founded in 1962, it promotes social justice and human dignity, and combats poverty and social exclusion. It strives to defend human rights via 10 diocesan Caritas nationwide.

In 2009, its action plan was revised and a new team now heads up the organisation. In this restructuring process, operating areas currently include the pastoral care of prisoners; the Hope Project: the pastoral care of drug addicts; building peaceful coexistence; and participation and advocacy regarding public policies.

Different projects in new areas are in progress, including: surveys on support and promotion of projects and social activities of the Catholic Church in Uruguay; student promotion for adolescents and young people in the interior of the country; care and accompaniment of the elderly in vulnerable situations; setting up of a network to combat human trafficking.

Each diocesan Caritas carries out its own activities, regarding, among others, the elderly, children, climate change and ecology.

Caritas Uruguay maintains alliances and networks with various national and international organisations, including: Dar es Recibir, the Uruguayan Social Welfare Board (CUBS), Observatorio del Sur (OBSUR), Kolping Uruguay and the Ecumenical Human Dignity Service (SEDHU).

In turn, it relies on a group of collaborating companies and a network of volunteers in which various social organisations connected with the Church receive Caritas volunteers.

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Postal Address Calle Soriano 1461,
esquina Barrios Amorín,
Montevideo, Uruguay
Telephone +598 2419 4314
Fax +598 2419 4605
Email direccion@caritasuruguaya.org.uy
Website www.caritasuruguaya.org.uy
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