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.
Humanity isn’t made up of the most powerful leaders, the richest people or the people who shout the loudest. Caritas has created a giant collage of faces which includes many different and contrasting faces as part of its Share the Journey campaign on the culture of encounter.
More than 400 people from 146 Caritas organisations gathered in Rome for the 21st Caritas General Assembly, an event designed for delegates to come together in solidarity and decide new ways to serve the most vulnerable around the world.