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.
Caritas Internationalis is looking for an experienced communicator able to produce multimedia content at the service of the Caritas Confederation, and contribute to the administration of the Caritas Baobab intranet.
Caritas young volunteers have been out in force in Indonesia distributing water, food stuffs and other essential items to at least 25,000 people in Indonesia following unprecedented flooding and landslides caused by Cyclone Seroja. Caritas is also providing psychosocial help for those traumatised by the disaster.
The Holy Father reminds us that Lent is the season of hope. It is this hope that we nurture together that helps us believe that “history does not end with our mistakes, our violence and injustice, or the sin that crucifies Love. It means receiving from Jesus’ open heart the Father’s forgiveness”.