Distributing rations to vulnerable communities in India. Photo Credit: Caritas India.

Caritas Australia: COVID-19 Appeal

Vulnerable communities need your support

COVID-19 is causing widespread devastation across the world, with the most marginalised communities, many already dealing with the challenges of poverty, being hit the hardest.

Your urgent support today can provide immediate assistance to vulnerable communities bearing the brunt of COVID-19, poverty, hunger and emergencies. 

Global hunger increases

Up to 161 million more people are facing hunger this past year. 

Tarsini and her community also received health and hygiene training and participate in community clean ups. Photo: Laz Harfa

Women especially at risk of poverty

47 million women are expected to be pushed further into poverty because of COVID-19.

Many communities are facing the COVID-19 crisis, which is compounding the challenges faced by those living in poverty. 

COVID-19 has impacted some of the world's most marginalised communities – including our neighbours in Papua New Guinea, India, Indonesia and Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Many of these communities already face the daily challenges of forced displacement, extreme poverty and inadequate health care.  

We work in partnership with local organisations and Church networks to supply urgent hygiene kits, Personal Protective Equipment, sanitation, prevention education and cash assistance to communities in need. Using our local networks, we are able to reach as many people as possible, including those living in the most remote and marginalised communities. 

Your support is urgently needed today to help vulnerable communities tackle poverty, COVID-19 and other crises. 

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Our response

Provide hygiene supplies like soap, sanitiser and PPE

Improve access to clean water and sanitation

Create COVID-safe environments through awareness-raising and access to WASH

Communities need your help today

Communities practice social distancing near a handpump. Photo: Caritas India

When a crisis hits, your support means we can work hand-in-hand with local partners to bring aid and relief to communities devastated by natural disaster, conflict or COVID-19.

We're there long after immediate needs are met, supporting people and communities to build back stronger.

Our international network and long-term development programs mean that we can provide training for communities in disaster risk reduction before crises happen, and support people as they begin to rebuild their lives.

Please give generously today to help provide urgent support to communities who need it the most at this time.

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Where does my donation go?

The funds raised through this appeal will be used to provide immediate and longer-term humanitarian assistance to communities affected by COVID-19 and other crises.

Where this is not possible, the funds will be used to provide immediate and longer-term development and humanitarian assistance to communities affected by crises. If any excess funds remain after a crisis, or if there are changes in circumstances beyond our control that limit our ability to use the funds, they are kept in the Emergency Response Appeal so that we can respond to ongoing development needs and future crises across all our regions.

As a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), Caritas Australia is committed and fully adhere to the ACFID Code of Conduct, conducting our work with transparency, accountability and integrity. Find out more about ACFID Code of Conduct for Emergency Appeals.

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