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Since 1975, Caritas Korea has been responding to emergency situations and disasters abroad implementing its mission ‘to build a genuine community filled with Christian justice and love where the neglected and poor can lead decent lives in a caring society with the divine right of self-respect regardless of faith or beliefs’.

After its beginning in 1975 as the Human Development Committee of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea, Caritas Korea became a full-fledged member of Caritas Internationalis in 1979.

Since its establishment, Caritas Korea has participated in more than 900 emergency relief and community development projects around the globe through the Caritas Internationalis network. Starting in 2006, Caritas Korea has also been playing a leading role in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Program as an official facilitating partner of Caritas Internationalis.

Caritas Korea focuses on assisting the people in need, empowering the most disadvantaged, and improving the capacity and resilience of vulnerable communities in order to achieve a balanced, integrated, and sustainable development.

During the past decade, Caritas Korea funded Emergency Appeals in response to humanitarian crises, such as famine, natural disasters, communicable disease outbreaks, and conflicts for both immediate relief and long-term recovery. Caritas Korea helped to alleviate the pain and suffering inflicted by large scale disasters, such as the 1993/2011 famine in Somalia, 2004/5 Indonesian tsunami, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, 2013 typhoon Haiyan, and 2015 earthquake in Nepal as well as the human atrocities propagated in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

Furthermore, to foster stable and long-term development of local communities, Caritas Korea supports local Development Cooperation projects through close partnership with the Caritas Internationalis member organizations. These projects vary from tackling poverty and revitalizing livelihood by improving education to generating employment opportunities and establishing awareness-raising advocacy programs. Caritas Korea also aids regional programs that reach out to the Pan-Asian population, such as sustainable agricultural development projects as well as anti-trafficking programs for women and children in Asian countries.

Caritas Korea works in close partnership with all Caritas Internationalis member organizations and actively collaborates with Caritas partners in Asia as a member of the Caritas Asia regional network.

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