Your impact this year: The work Caritas Australia and our partners carried out in 2022

2022 has been an incredibly difficult year for vulnerable communities around the world. From the war in Ukraine to the food crisis in Africa to devastating floods in Asia, it’s often the most marginalised people who are impacted. 

Yet, despite these challenges, we have witnessed the extraordinary courage and resilience of displaced families and people living in marginalised communities as they confront the challenges of conflict, poverty and injustice.  


Emergency response to crises around the world 

Your kindness has helped support vulnerable communities living through emergencies such as war, food insecurity and natural disasters. Thanks to you, we have been able to provide assistance where it has been needed the most, supplying essential services including shelter, water, food and medication.   

Between 2021 and 2022, you helped reach out to 378,435 people experiencing humanitarian emergencies through Caritas Australia funding, and 999,031 people through joint appeals with Caritas Internationalis. Additionally, we were able to respond to 34 emergencies in 23 countries, including:  

Illyena with her nine-month old baby. Photo: Philipp Spalek/Caritas Poland


Displaced families and children affected by the war in Ukraine have been supported with safe accommodation, shelter, food and hygiene kits.  

Woman with her family in an IDP camp in northern Ethiopia. Photo: Caritas Australia.


Across eastern Africa, urgent food aid, water and other essentials have been provided to communities on the verge of famine.  

Flash flooding have devastated the lives of millions across Pakistan. Photo: Caritas Pakistan


Over 33 million people were affected by the floods in Pakistan. Our partners on the ground are responding in the worst flood-hit areas in Pakistan to provide food distribution, shelter, medicine and hygiene supplies. 

Caritas Tonga staff pre-positioning supplies. Photo credit: Caritas Tonga


With your support, our partners in Tonga were able to provide clean water, hygiene kits and other essentials to communities affected by the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai underwater volcano eruption. 

Development work continues in vulnerable communities  

Your support also allowed us to work alongside our partners, and focus on our long-term development work, reaching 301,819 direct program participants and 933,965 indirect participants in the last financial year.  

We worked with vulnerable communities across Africa, Asia, the Pacific and Australia and continued our mission of helping them forge a path out of poverty.   

From adult literacy programs in Tanzania to disaster risk reduction activities in the Solomon Islands, your generosity has made a lasting impact for communities around the world.  

Maria standing besides a water borehole in her village in Tanzania. Photo credit: August Lucky/Caritas Australia.


With your help, we worked across the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe to support:  

  • 16 programs 
  • 97,937 people of which 53,054 are female, 1,682 are persons with disabilities and 35,298 are children and young people 
Your support is helping people like Sita in Nepal overcome the challenges of poverty. Photo: Dipendra Lamsal/Caritas Australia


Your generosity allowed us to reach out to communities in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Timor-Leste and Vietnam to support:  

  • 30 programs  
  • 169,435 people, of which 93,588 were female, 4,240 persons with disabilities and 49,641 were children and young people 
Tului and her family with their installed water tank. Credit: Caritas Samoa


Thanks to you, we worked hand-in-hand with people in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Samoa.  

Your compassion helped support:   

  • 15 programs  
  • 34,447 people, of which 15,498 were female, 268 were people with a disability and 30,191 were children/youth   
Janice sitting in the shop at Djilpin Arts in the Northern Territory, Australia. Photo credit: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia.


We worked across 10 projects with our First Australian partners.  

Your support helped First Nations-led organisations like Djilpin Arts Aboriginal Corporation, who run an arts and culture centre in the Northern Territory that provides employment and training for 89 local community members.   

How your compassion will help change lives in 2023 

As we begin a new year, Caritas Australia will introduce new long-term development programs in new countries that will address some of the most immediate challenges facing vulnerable communities today. From tackling climate change in Tuvalu to fighting hunger in Ethiopia, your support means we can continue to walk alongside communities worldwide to build a better and brighter future for all.