Κοινωνία – Caritas Cyprus
“Κοινωνία Caritas Cyprus” (CCy) was founded shortly after the tragic events of 1974, when over 200,000 Cypriots became refugees. In 1979, CCy became a member of Caritas Internationalis and in 1986 it was officially registered as a charitable organisation.
For years CCy worked with zeal to offer support to locals, foreigners, migrants and especially refugees from Lebanon, in particular after the 2006 war. For some years afterwards, CCy remained dormant.
Since 2010, Archbishop Youssef Soueif, the Maronite Archbishop and president of CCy started the process of reactivating the organisation, based on the evangelical spirit of diaconia, the social teachings of the Church and the different methods of professionalism done by love and heart. Today, CCy is operating in almost all the regions and Catholic parishes: Maronites and Latin, starting involving and cooperating with people and organisations from all the communities of the island.
CCy, operating solely with volunteers, organises fundraising and food collections to help victims of the current economic crisis that struck Cyprus. The migrant programme operates through centres that provide shelter, food, advice and assistance in medical, legal, social and administrative issues.
All the funds and supplies come from volunteers and community resources to implement projects in socio-cultural and development areas, creating an atmosphere of reconciliation on the island. CCy aim is to augment its activities and acts to alleviate and reduce the misery facing society today.
CCy’s head office is in Nicosia with a presence in various regions, cities and parishes. The agency is run by a board of 11 members and a council that consists of its board and representatives of all the regions and parishes. It has approximately 120 registered members, hundreds of friends; it operates completely with volunteers and soon will start having a paid staff.
CCy is a member of Caritas MONA and belongs to Caritas Internationalis. Cyprus is also a member of the European Union so CCy is open to collaboration with Caritas Europa.
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Caritas Cyprus Info
|Address||8 St. Maron Street,
|Postal Address||81519 – P.O.Box: 22249, Cyprus|
|Telephone||+357 22 660 944|
|Fax||+357 22 314 919|