Caritas Uzbekistan began operations in 2002 but because of the government’s strict regulation of religious groups, it was forced to act discreetly through small-scale efforts in local parishes. Caritas Uzbekistan’s aim is to help people in a country where a fifth of the population lives on less than US$1 per day and 70 percent of people live in terrible rural poverty.
Caritas Uzbekistan works to improve access to affordable medicine for the elderly and children. It also operates a soup kitchen to provide weekly meals to the poor, sick and underprivileged and after-school programmes for children to help develop their social and sporting skills.
Caritas Uzbekistan has a main office in Tashkent and others in five parishes: Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Urgench and Fergana.
Caritas Uzbekistan is affiliated with Caritas Internationalis and Caritas Asia and receives support from the worldwide network of Catholic humanitarian agencies.
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