Caritas Bangladesh has its headquarter in the capital Dhaka and has eight other diocesan offices. It works on integrated development, disaster management and human resource development. Over 6000 staff and volunteers implement its programmes at national and diocesan level. Caritas Bangladesh began in 1967 as Caritas East Pakistan. Following the devastating cyclone of November 1970, it was re-organised and became known as the Christian Organisation for Relief and Rehabilitation (CORR). The name Caritas was re-introduced in 1976.
Caritas Bangladesh is implementing over 90 ongoing projects relating to these six goals/sectors:
Improvement of the Quality of Life of the Extremely Poor and of Vulnerable Communities.
Livelihood promotion and economic development of the extremely poor; inclusive development and social reintegration; safe migration; early childhood development; promotion of improved housing conditions; protection of street children; psycho-social care; establishment of justice and peace.
Promote Education Rights and Inclusive Quality Education.
Provide education opportunities for disadvantaged and hardest-to-reach children through ensuring access to quality pre and primary education; enhance teachers’ professional and moral skills; create opportunities for technical skills through training and support for employment/self–employment.
Improve Health Education, Care and Public Health Services.
Provide primary health care; maternal health care; health and nutrition; adolescents’ health care; pro-life reproductive health education and natural family planning; sexually transmitted infections (STI), HIV and AIDS; tuberculosis, leprosy and other communicable diseases; prevention, treatment and aftercare services for drug addiction and sex abuse.
Strengthen Disaster Response and Community Resilience.
Strengthen community-based early warning and rescue systems; immediate food, cash and non-food item distribution; employment creation through repair of damaged infrastructure; livelihood support; construction of flood and cyclone shelters; psycho-social care.
Strengthen Ecological Sustainability.
Livelihood promotion and socio-economic development of the poor; capacity building on organic farming; judicious and sustainable use of natural resources; indigenous agri-aqua-livestock variety and biodiversity conservation; women’s empowerment; building the coping capacity of community people to climate change situations; integrated holistic approaches to establish climate justice, etc.
Improvement of the Living Standards of Indigenous Peoples.
Indigenous-people-friendly social and financial institutional development (Traditional Social Organisation (TSO), and the Cooperative Credit Union (CCU)); community empowerment; land retention, including mapping; legal support; economic development; practicing Sustainable Agriculture (SA); cultural development.
Many Caritas members are among Caritas Bangladesh’s partners, including Caritas Australia, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Japan, India, Nepal, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, CRS, Poland, Spain, Macau, CAFOD, Cordaid and Secours Catholique. Other valuable partners include MISEREOR, Kindermissionwerk, Andheri Hilfe, Bridge of Light and Refugee Action-UK.
With monsoon rains and the onset of the cyclone season expected during the next few weeks, fears are intensifying for the safety of Rohingya people living in makeshift shelters in Bangladesh refugee camps.
by Caroline Brennan, Catholic Relief Services with additional reporting by Harriet Paterson Shetara, 40, a midwife escaping violent attacks on her village in Myanmar, could tell her cousin was just hours away from going into labour. The trouble was, the Rohingya women were on a small boat crossing the Naf river into Bangladesh, after many ...
“Six days ago the army attacked our village. They were firing everywhere. They shot my wife in the back. She died from the wound,” said Abdul Rahman, a Rohingya refugee who fled Myanmar for Bangladesh. The 21 year old widow carries his four month old baby in his arms.“The baby won’t stop crying. I’m asking ...
“In my whole life, this was the biggest flood I have seen,” said Kulubala, an 85 year old woman whose village in Dinajpur, Bangladesh was devastated by monsoon flooding. “It came at night and stayed for some days. The water came up 4 foot in just one night,” she said. “At first I was thinking ...