Caritas Taiwan – the Commission for Social Development – was founded in 1969 and is mandated by the Chinese Regional Bishops Conference to help people at the national level and abroad. Taiwan has a dynamic economy, from low-technology goods to higher–value manufacturing and exports, mainly in electronics and computers. Caritas Taiwan works with people living in challenging conditions, who do not feel the benefit of this prosperity.
The most relevant programs of Caritas Taiwan are:
Publication and Documentation: CARITAS Taiwan publishes and translates to Chinese Catholic Church documents like the yearly messages of the Pope particularly for the World Day of Peace, World Day of Migrants and Refugees and Messages for Lent. Included in the translation are the Encyclicals and Motu Proprio that pertain to the work of Caritas. The documents are also translated in simplified Chinese and are sent to the Catholic Church in China. Significant articles and videos from the websites of Caritas Internationalis, CRS and CAFOD are also translated and uploaded in the website. Caritas Newsletters are printed quarterly and are sent to the parishes, catholic institutions and religious communities.
Lenten Campaign: Caritas Taiwan prepares the Lenten Campaign for the 7 Dioceses in Taiwan. The theme usually derived from the Lenten Message of the Pope. The Lenten materials are sent out to the Dioceses, parishes and catholic institutions at the beginning of the season to use them in their Lenten activities. The Lenten Campaign materials include banners, educational booklets and VCD, stickers and envelopes. The proceeds of the Lenten Campaign subsidize relief operations and projections locally and abroad.
International Volunteer Program: During summer and winter vacations several professional teachers and students joint the International Volunteer Program to Northern Thailand, India or Cambodia. These have become venues for the volunteers to reach out to the less privilege and to share their skills. The International Volunteer Program includes workshop on teaching Chinese, English, Mathematics, computer, environmental awareness, hygiene, culture and arts. An annual Flea Market is held to subsidize student tuition fees, school classrooms, libraries and toilets.
Work with the Migrants: Caritas Taiwan renders service to the overseas contract workers (from Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines and Thailand). The services are as follows: conducting right information and education in different areas of Taipei, empowerment, repatriation assistance, case management, counseling, visits to the detention center and referrals.
As member of MENT – Migrant Empowerment Network in Taiwan, Caritas joins with other NGOs for dialogue with government agencies like Ministry of Law, National Immigration Agency and Legislators continuously lobby for the cause of the migrant workers especially the revision of Household Service Act to protect the rights of caregivers/domestic workers.
Caritas Twain main office in Taipei City employs 11 staff to carry out their social services and activities.
Caritas Taiwan works in partnership with the world-wide network of Caritas Internationalis, such as Caritas Mongolia, Caritas Korea, and a project involving Caritas Hong Kong and Caritas Macau to organise spiritual exercises for those working in social services.
Caritas partners are struggling to reach Taiping, a remote township near the epicentre of Saturday’s deadly earthquake. The earthquake of 6.6 magnitudes struck the province of Sichuan in Southwest China on 20 April, killing nearly 200 people, leaving thousands of people injured and causing significant damages.
Typhoon Morakot was the most distressing catastrophe to hit Taiwan in 50 years, devastating several areas in the south of the country. The heavy rainfall on August 8, 2009 caused mudslides and flooding that buried the entire town of Xiaolin. Hundreds of lives were lost and hundreds more were left homeless and displaced. Morakot’s aftermath ...
Over six hundred people have now been confirmed dead as a result of the earthquake and over 10,000 are injured. However, some of the areas affected are isolated and haven’t yet been reached so these figures could rise.
For the Taiwanese, Typhoon Morakot was never expected to be so destructive. Several villages were washed away in the mountain by mudslides. There was no way to reach those remote areas for more than a week. People lived in the dark. Priests, sisters and local clergy were all stranded with the poor victims with no ...
Caritas Internationalis is supporting Caritas Hong Kong’s relief efforts in the wake of the powerful May 12 earthquake in China that has claimed more than 68,000 lives. In and around the capital city of Sichuan, Caritas Hong Kong has assessment teams on the ground identifying the scale of devastation and loss, and the ways to ...