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Uncle Bobby (#24), Christine Rhazi (Caritas Australia’s First Australians Associate Director) and Uncle Roger (#12). Photo credit: Serena Frost/Caritas Australia.

Stories of survival on National Sorry Day 2023

01 Jun 23

To commemorate National Sorry Day 2023, Caritas Australia and our partner Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation (KBHAC) invited all Australians to participate in a webinar to reflect on Australia's true history and commit to truth-telling about Stolen Generations survivors and their descendants.

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Salin teaching students at her school in the Siem Reap province, Cambodia. Photo: Tim Lam/Caritas Australia

How clean water transformed this school in Cambodia

29 May 23

With the support of our local partner HURREDO, and through the donations of generous people like you, Salin and her community worked together to construct a water station behind the school, along with a community pond.

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Mosque in an IDP camp damaged by Cyclone Mocha. Sittwe, Rakhine Credit: UNOCHA/Pierre Lorioux/2023

Hundreds feared dead after Cyclone Mocha strikes Myanmar and Bangladesh

18 May 23

A powerful category five cyclone has hit the coastlines of Bangladesh and Myanmar, bringing heavy rain and strong winds.

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Caritas Australia in solidarity with people of Sudan

28 Apr 23

Conflict has broken out in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, and thousands of civilians have been caught up in the violence. Families are running out of food, water and medicine as the conflict continues, and many have risked fleeing their homes and becoming refugees to escape the fighting.

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Caritas Australia Solomon Island (CASI) staff members Mary Malagela and Rose Clough accompanied community members during the project implementation. Credit: Dennis Uba, CASI.

Water accessibility made possible in the Malaita Province of Solomon Islands

28 Apr 23

Clean water is a basic human need. Without access to it there is little hope for communities to recover from the devastating cycle of poverty. In the Solomon Islands, 33% of the population does not have access to healthy or safe drinking water. To mitigate this issue, as part of the 3H program, Caritas Australia Solomon Islands (CASI) was able to successfully deliver three handpumps in Surabuta. 

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Kirsty and Richard will be cycling from Cairns to Townsville as part of the Caritas K's for Compassion. Photo: Alicia Benardos/Caritas Australia

Kirsty and Richard cycle for Caritas K's for Compassion

24 Apr 23

Kirsty Robertson, CEO of Caritas Australia and Richard Landels, Advancement Director, cycled from Cairns and Townsville as part of Caritas K's for Compassion. 

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Your support is helping people like Thu and his wife, Linh. Photo: Phan Tan Lam/Caritas Australia.

Empowering people with disabilities

21 Apr 23

Your generosity is supporting our local partners in Vietnam to implement programs designed to drive disability inclusion, by building awareness among communities and providing essential life skills training to people living with disability.

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Talaso, a Kenyan mother, faces a future of drought and starvation. Credit: Thom Flint, Catholic Agency for Overseas Development

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: an urgent call for action

03 Apr 23

In March, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) delivered its Sixth Assessment Report where leading scientists have issued an ‘urgent warning’ on the climate crisis. Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, Caritas Australia is taking action against climate change by implementing new programs across the Pacific region and Africa to further support communities at risk. 

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Priscilla and her husband Charles with Sister Ivy on their farm in Zimbabwe. Photo: Super Dube/Caritas Hwange

A Special Visit to Zimbabwe and Mozambique

28 Mar 23

Last month, Caritas Australia’s Africa Programs Coordinator, Sister Ivy Khoury, visited Zimbabwe and Mozambique to reconnect with our program partners in the region – the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tropical Cyclone Freddy in Madagascar February 2023, flood in city. Photo: Shutterstock.

Caritas Australia stands in solidarity with families impacted by Tropical Cyclone Freddy

23 Mar 23

Caritas Australia stands in solidarity with the people of Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar after Cyclone Freddy,  one of the deadliest and long-lived tropical cyclones to have ever been recorded in Southern Africa.

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Students speaking at the Perth Project Compassion Launch. Photo: Caritas Australia

Schools and parishes across Australia raise funds for Project Compassion

16 Mar 23

Since the launch of Project Compassion in February, thousands of supporters have come together to raise funds for people living in some of the most vulnerable communities worldwide.

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A storm is brewing over the Pacific region as climate and debt crises collide

08 Mar 23

Caritas Oceania President, Cardinal Mafi, shares the story of his island home Tonga, and how it is has been impacted by climate change. 

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Caritas Syria staff assessing earthquake damage in Hama, Syria. Photo: Caritas Syria

How you can support survivors of the Turkey-Syria Earthquake

06 Mar 23

The generosity of Caritas Australia supporters has already helped raise $1 million through the Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal. But there are still many families who need immediate humanitarian support. Here is how you can help. 

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Ukraine’s year of displacement and devastation

03 Mar 23

After twelve months of conflict in Ukraine, the toll on civilians has been catastrophic. Thousands have been killed, many more injured, millions forced to flee, and homes and vital infrastructure have been destroyed.  

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Kirsty Robertson and Dan Skehan make pancakes for the Sydney office's Project Compassion 2023 launch. Photo credit: Aurora Sice.

Project Compassion launches across Australia for another exciting year!

22 Feb 23

Project Compassion launched on Shrove Tuesday, marking the beginning of the season of kindness and compassion towards communities who need it most. Many parishes and schools across the country hosted a Project Compassion launch, where they heard from representatives from Caritas Australia about this year’s stories, as well as the difference they are making in the lives of those who need it most.

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The Cathedral of Iskenderun was destroyed by the earthquake.

Caritas agencies respond to catastrophic Turkey and Syria Earthquake

08 Feb 23

Caritas agencies are responding to a series of powerful earthquakes in southeast Turkey (officially known as Türkiye) and Syria, where thousands of lives have been lost already and the death toll increases by the hour.  

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Caritas Australia staff (Timor Leste office), Fernando Pires, Bishop Umbers (Auxiliiary Bishop, Archdiocese of Sydney), a delegation from the Archdiocese of Sydney, a delegation from the Diocese of Maliana, Fr Lucio de Deus (Vicar General, Maliana Diocese) and Kirsty Robertson stand outside offices of the Diocese of Maliana. Photo: Nicole Chehine/Caritas Australia

Stories from the Field: A New Year’s visit to Timor Leste

07 Feb 23

In the first week of 2023, Caritas Australia staff, our in-country team in Timor Leste, Bishop Umbers (Auxiliiary Bishop, Archdiocese of Sydney) and a delegation from the Archdiocese of Sydney travelled to Baucau and Maliana in Timor Leste to see some of the amazing programs being carried out in the region.  

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Janice is a traditional dancer who lives on Jawoyn country in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. Photo: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia

Survival Day 2023

26 Jan 23

As an organisation, we recognise that Survival Day is a day of acknowledgement of Survival of colonisation, as well as the ongoing mistreatment and systematic injustice that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have faced over the years. 

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