Caritas Cyprus was originally founded to provide support to Cypriot refugees fleeing the North during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974. In 1979, Caritas Cyprus became a member of Caritas Internationalis and was registered as an official Cypriot charitable association in 1986. Since then it has responded to humanitarian crises on the island with the mission to provide compassionate care and support as well as to bring hope to those living in poverty, the oppressed, and the vulnerable.
The work of Caritas Cyprus is done through local parish initiatives as well as cross-island programs that focus on migrants, local needs (diaconia), and youth engagement.
The Migrant Sector provides critical services to hundreds of migrants and refugees through the operation of two centres, which serve as resource and information hubs for migrants in need of support accessing their legal rights and basic needs. Caritas Cyprus also operates two shelters for vulnerable migrants and wraparound case management services. The Migrant Sector is supported, in part, through partnership with Catholic Relief Services.
The Diaconia Sector has been responding to the ongoing needs mainly resulting from the repercussions of the economic crisis in Cyprus. The Job Search Program connects jobseekers with potential employers using networks within the community.
The Youth Sector supports the work of Caritas Cyprus through providing volunteer and fundraising support as well as social events to encourage youth to participate in humanitarian efforts. Inspired and guided by the Gospel and Catholic Social Teaching, Caritas Cyprus works with all who are marginalised, regardless of race or religion.
Its head office is in Nicosia with a presence in various regions, cities and parishes. The agency is run by a staff of 5 members and a council that consists of its board and representatives of all the regions and parishes.
Ahead of the fifth European Union donor conference on Syria, Caritas Internationalis shed light on the situation in Syria and urges the international community to act during the conference “Church and Caritas: 10 years of humanitarian response in Syria”.
The closeness of Caritas with the vulnerable people of Syria has grown stronger and stronger during ten years of war. We look back at just some of the moments of Caritas’s work during ten years of war in Syria.
Elias Hamwi has worked as a Caritas Syria project coordinator in the eastern part of Aleppo for over three years. Here he reflects on the challenges facing Syrians and Caritas staff, who also face the struggles of life in a war-torn country.
Caritas has served almost 400,000 people in Iraq since ISIS started attacking communities in 2014. Caritas Iraq currently helps 5000 families a month with programmes for psychological support, education, livelihoods, COVID-19, health, shelter, peacebuilding and developing the roles of women and youth.
After the 4th August explosions in Beirut’s port area, Caritas Lebanon’s help was crucial to support the population in a country wracked by devastating economic and political crises and the COVID-19 pandemic.
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”.
Caritas confederation urges decision makers and the United Nations to call for a Security Council meeting to address access to vaccines as a global security problem and to undertake debt remission of the poorest countries