Current Caritas Network responses
Guatemala volcano eruption, 2018
In June 2018, Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupted, sending lava flows into nearby communities in south central regions of Chimaltenango, Escuintla and Sacatepéquez. The volcano eruption is considered to be the worst in four decades. Homes, buildings and farms have been destroyed, with an estimated 1.7 million people affected by the emergency.
The Caritas network is currently assisting with the emergency and working to provide the necessary shelter, food, clothing and other basic items to those affected.
Recent Caritas Network responses
Mexico Earthquakes, 2017
In September, 2017, two earthquakes struck Central Mexico, severely affecting areas such as Juchitán, Chiapas, Tabasco, Morelos, Tlaxcala, Puebla, Guerrero, Oaxaca, the State of Mexico and Mexico City.
The earthquakes caused hundreds of fatalities and devastating damage to homes, buildings and roads.
Caritas Mexico, alongside a number of local organisations and groups, was one of the organisations & assisting with the relief effort.
Hurricane Irma, 2017
In September 2017, Hurricane Irma caused severe damage across is affecting millions of people across the Caribbean, including the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and parts of America, affecting millions of people.
Local Caritas organisations across the region, including Catholic Relief Services, assisted with the relief effort, including the distribution of initial emergency items such as food, shelter, hygiene kits and livelihood support.
Other Emergency Responses
Explore some of the previous emergencies we have responded to in the region using the link below.
2010 Haiti earthquake
How you can help
Your donation to the Latin America Emergency Appeal will enable Caritas Australia to provide immediate assistance to communities affected by these emergencies, as well as long-term reconstruction.
Donate to Latin America Emergency Appeal to assist communities in need. Donations $2 and over are tax deductable.
Caritas Australia works hard to keep administration costs low and ensure your donation has maximum impact. For more information view our annual reports or contact us on 1800 024 413.
*Donations to the Latin America Emergency Appeal will be used for humanitarian emergency response activities in the Latin America region where communities may be affected by natural disasters such as cyclones, earthquakes or drought, or man-made disasters such as conflict, famine, displaced populations or industrial accidents. Beyond that, funds may be used to help rebuild homes and communities, to re-establish livelihoods, and to help communities prepare for future disasters.