Caritas Mauritania is a non-governmental organisation under Mauritanian law, founded in 1972. It is managed by a Board of Directors, of which the bishop of Nouakchott, the only diocese in the country, is an ex-officio member.
Caritas Mauritania implements ¨landmark projects¨ for and with the destitute and marginalized populations. Because of the social context, the majority of the interventions are performed in favour of local structures: women cooperatives, groups, Mauritanian associations, including emergent and informal structures.
Caritas Mauritania favours proximity support, with decentralized animation teams in the intervention zones. The stakeholders (beneficiaries, local authorities) are involved in a participatory approach in needs assessment, reflection about appropriate responses to be made, implementation and evaluation.
The activities of Caritas Mauritania have evolved over the years in terms of the humanitarian situation. The projects are targeting food security, integration of communities and access to income-generating activities. The training aspect is at the core of this integrated local (or neighbourhood) development: community organization, literacy, initiation and vocational training, planning. Responses are given to forms of exclusion requiring more personalized approaches: detainees, illiterate or out of school youth, and migrants.
In 2015 Caritas action reached 68 251 direct beneficiaries and 236 173 indirect beneficiaries.
Finally, Caritas trains local organizations to prepare the sustainability of its actions.
In the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Caritas is a place where to live intercultural dialogue in deeds, while pursuing our vision which is: « a more Just world where people develop their potential and have access to more dignity ».
Some of its Caritas partners are: Caritas Belgium, Caritas Spain, Caritas Internationalis, Caritas Italiana, CAFOD (England and Wales), Catholic Relief Services, Caritas Senegal, Secours Catholique (France) and Development and Peace (Canada). There are other alliances with the Italian Bishops’ Conference, Catholic Committee Against Hunger and for Development, Council of Gran Canaria, Entwicklungshifeklub, John Paul II Foundation for the Sahel, French Development Cooperation, Spanish Development Cooperation, PAFPA (Project to develop Training through Apprenticeship), PESCC (UE Programme for Civil Society and Culture), Raoul Follereau Foundation, Manos Unidas, Memisa Belgium, as well as other alliances with embassies and national and international institutions, among others.
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