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Volunteers distribute aid in Beirut. Photo Caritas Lebanon

Regional tensions push Lebanon to breaking point

24 May 24

With a local currency in free fall, fuel and other costs of living skyrocketing, a continuous influx of refugees adding to the already million in the country, the poverty rate effectively doubling and now the impacts of the war in Gaza seeing tens of thousands of displaced people from the south of the country, the people of Lebanon are in a constant state of suffering.

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Through the program, Chiquito learnt sustainable agricultural techniques to improve his farm's productivity. Photo: Tim Lam/Caritas Australia

Laudato Si' Week: Planting Seeds of Hope in our World

16 May 24

This year the theme of Laudato Si’ week centres around ‘seeds of hope’. We are called to consider how we can plant and nurture seeds to be the hope that the world needs

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Chiquito in his farm in Timor Leste. Photo: Tim Lam/Caritas Australia

Food Security in Timor-Leste: Empowering Families for Self-Sufficiency

15 May 24

Accessing food in Timor-Leste remains an ongoing issue for many families, where nearly 1 in 4 people go to sleep hungry every night.  

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A rundown sign at Lemakot Health Centre. Photo Credit: Tara Harvey for Caritas Australia.

A new roof delivers a healthy impact in Lemakot, Papua New Guinea

10 May 24

Caritas visits the Lemakot Health Centre in the New Ireland Province of Papua New Guinea to collect photos and videos of a program focused on improving the facility.

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Ronita holding her son in her home in Quezon City. Photo: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia.

Your support is helping mothers in vulnerable communities across the world

10 May 24

As Mother’s Day approaches, we are reminded of the incredible resilience and strength embodied by mothers worldwide, particularly those living in vulnerable communities.  

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Noor (pseudonym used) at the women's shelter in Beirut. Photo: Nicole Chehine/Caritas Australia

A special place where survivors can feel safe

06 May 24

In a suburb of Beirut, Caritas Lebanon hosts a women’s shelter, one of three across the country, providing a safe house and a new start for countless women. Women fleeing war, domestic violence, oppression and poverty. Women with nowhere else to go. Many are Syrian refugees and are without documents so they literally have no options.

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Talaso is a mother of two living in Marsabit, northern Kenya. Photo: Thom Flint/CAFOD

From Aid to Empowerment: The Evolution of Caritas Australia’s Program work in Africa

30 Apr 24

In recent decades, Caritas Australia has evolved its programs to align with key learnings in the aid sector. Far from the welfare approach that pervaded the sector decades ago, Caritas Australia actively pursues evidence-based program models, with a focus on inclusion for those most vulnerable.

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Shaniella from the Solomon Islands in the school garden, rebuilt following cyclone and landslide damage. Photo: Neil Nuia

Earth Day 2024: how we’re working for a safer climate future for all

22 Apr 24

April 22 is Earth Day, a day to reflect on the impact of climate change and advocate for a safer climate future for all.  

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Severe harsh water flow from the 2022 Pakistan Floods. Photo: Caritas Pakistan

Explainer: What is the polycrisis?

18 Apr 24

You may have heard the term “polycrisis” being thrown around lately as people try to make sense of the many issues and problems the world currently faces. It’s ok if you’re not sure of the meaning of polycrisis, as it has only recently started to be used broadly. Here we will try to define it, look at some examples, and look at what can be done to address it.  

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A woman uses a bucket she received during a distribution organized by Caritas Mongo in the Chadian border town of Adre. Photo by Mabel Chenjoh CRS.

Civil conflict in Sudan: One year on

15 Apr 24

A year ago today, civil conflict broke out between armed militias in Sudan with the two sides still battling for power, much at the expense of civilians.   

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Priscilla holds millet from this year’s harvest in her storeroom at her home in Hwange district, north western Zimbabwe. Photo: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia

Empowering Communities: Caritas Australia's Impact in Zimbabwe

11 Apr 24

In the heart of Zimbabwe, many in the community are grappling with hyperinflation, widespread poverty, and political unrest. Chronic malnutrition, exacerbated by food shortages, a struggling healthcare system, and heightened rates of HIV infection plague the nation. All of these factors are what have pushed nearly half of Zimbabwe’s population of 7.9 million people into extreme poverty.

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Launch of the Laudato Si' Action Plan in the Sydney office. Photo credit: Dean Price.

Making a Difference from the Ground Up: Caritas Australia's Response to the Pope's Urgent Environmental Call

09 Apr 24

Earlier today, Caritas Australia launched its much-anticipated Laudato Si’ Action Plan in response to the Pope’s Laudato Si' encyclical issued in May 2015.

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Collapsed building after an airstrike. Photo: Caritas Jerusalem.

Six months of war in Gaza

05 Apr 24

April 7 marks six months since the terrorist attacks which sparked the war on Gaza. During those six months, the world has looked on in horror as the Israeli military has ceaselessly bombarded the civilian population of Gaza, leaving over 30,000 dead including over 13,000 children. 

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Damage from the 2023 earthquake. Photo: Getty Images

The Afghanistan earthquake: six months on

04 Apr 24

It has been six months since the devastating earthquakes struck Herat Province in Afghanistan, killing over 1,400 people, and leaving thousands injured. Over 40,000 people were affected through the destruction of homes and infrastructure including water supply facilities, sanitation points and schools.  

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Sakina and her family in Cox's Bazar appreciate the installation of an accessible latrine. Photo: Jessica Stone/Caritas Australia

Reflections on Cox's Bazar: A Journey of Resilience and Hope

27 Mar 24

As someone who has dedicated over two decades to working in humanitarian response, I've had the privilege of witnessing the resilience of communities facing unimaginable hardships across the globe. Yet, my recent visit to the world’s largest refugee camp in Cox's Bazar has left an indelible mark on my heart, reaffirming the profound impact of compassion and solidarity in the face of adversity.

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Caritas Australia's 60th Anniversary

22 Mar 24

This year we are celebrating our 60th anniversary!

“Caritas” is Latin for love and compassion, two words that are at the heart of what motivates us to show up every day to help some of the most vulnerable people in the world.

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Dignity kits distribution by CAFOD in Sudan. Photo CAFOD

How Caritas Australia helps displaced people around the world

12 Mar 24

The world is home to 110 million forcibly displaced people, find out more about some of the Caritas Australia projects supporting them.

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Pronali giving post-natal care to a woman in her community. Photo: Simon Argho Sku/Caritas Bangladesh.

International Women’s Day

08 Mar 24

International Women's Day is a day dedicated to honouring the achievements and contributions of women throughout history, promoting gender equality, and raising awareness about the ongoing struggles women face worldwide.

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