Caritas Australia’s annual fundraising and awareness raising appeal, bringing thousands of Australians in solidarity with the world's poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.
Running through the six weeks of Lent each year, Project Compassion is an extraordinary, ongoing demonstration of the faith, love and generosity of caring supporters, all in the name of justice and peace. It is the lifeblood of Caritas Australia; without it, we could not do the vital work we do.
In Project Compassion 2014, over $10 million was raised to help the world's poorest communities. Thank you to all our generous supporters who participated and showed they believe in a more just world.
What's to come for 2015?
The theme for Project Compassion 2015 is “Food for Life”.
Food is essential for all life, yet many of the world’s poorest people do not have food security. That means they live from day-to-day, uncertain of how to afford or how to access their next meal. Without food, the rest of life is impossible to contemplate: how can you plan for the future or educate your children when you fear you will be hungry?
As Pope Francis says: “It is a well-known fact that current levels of production are sufficient, yet millions of people are still suffering and dying of starvation. This is truly scandalous.”
Project Compassion 2015 will throw a spotlight on food
security, focusing on issues and the ways in which Caritas is empowering the world’s poorest people to establish sustainable food sources for life, that relieve them of the burden of food insecurity and allow them to develop new, improved income streams for a better future.
We look forward to sharing stories from Fiji, Niger, Indonesia, Peru, Nepal and Australia that show how Caritas Australia helps people to grow and access food for life.
For a taste of what's to come, we're pleased to introduce you to Eric and Ma from Fiji. Eric and Ma have learnt how to grow food for life after receiving training at a Caritas-supported centre and will feature as next year's focus story. Read Eric and Ma's story so far >
More stories and resources will be available online from November 2014.