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Aerial view of flood damage in Dili. Credit Machel Silveira CRS.

Timor-Leste and Indonesia appeal for support in the wake of devastating floods

07 Apr 21

Tropical Cyclone Seroja struck Timor-Leste and eastern parts of Indonesia on 4 April 2021, inundating the two countries with torrential rain.  

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Houses swept away by the overflowing Comoro River. Photo: Dan Convoy/CRS

Over 100 deaths after Tropical Cyclone Seroja and torrential rain lead to flooding and landslides in Timor-Leste and Indonesia

06 Apr 21

At least 113 people have been killed and dozens more are missing after Tropical Cyclone Seroja hit Indonesia and Timor-Leste on Sunday 4 April.  

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Sabrina Stevens, Caritas Australia Youth Coordinator with Louise Campbell from the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry. Photo: Caritas Australia

Looking back at Project Compassion 2021 across Australia

05 Apr 21

All over the country, Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion has ‘wrapped up’ with grassroots community events. There’s still time to donate to Project Compassion while we take this chance to reflect on the scope and impact of community fundraising and solidarity events which help to spark hope in marginalised communities globally.

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Rither’s passion for our work in Tanzania

01 Apr 21

Rither Mallewo, Coordinator of the Tanzanian A+ Program in the Diocese of Mbulu Development Department (DMDD), speaks about the way that your support has enabled improved community development in Tanzania.

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We are unable to share photos of families at the shelter for their protection. Photo: Caritas Lebanon

Ten years of conflict and displacement for millions of Syrians

31 Mar 21

On March 15 this year, the conflict in Syria turned 10 years old. The Syrian conflict has driven over 6.6 million Syrians to flee the country, and a further 6.7 million people to relocate due to conflict within the country.

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Project Compassion: An Australian Icon

29 Mar 21

Since its inception in 1965, generations of compassionate Australians have participated in Project Compassion, making it one of the nation’s longest running charity campaigns. 

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Caritas Bangladesh Staff Member assesses damage after fires in Cox's Bazar. Photo: Anthony/Caritas Bangladesh

45,000 homeless after fire in Rohingya refugee camp, Cox’s Bazar

25 Mar 21

On March 22, a massive fire swept through the Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, leaving approximately 45,000 people homeless.

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Voice from the Field: Ivy Khoury

23 Mar 21

Sr Ivy Khoury is Caritas Australia’s Program Coordinator for Africa, here’s what she had to say about the lifechanging impact your support enables across much of the continent. 

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Water is the drop of life | World Water Day 2021

22 Mar 21

On World Water Day, we celebrate water and raise awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis.

 

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Health officers from health centre in East Sepik province involved in COVID-19 training. Photo: Caritas Australia/PNG Office

Stepping up to support our neighbours in PNG as mass outbreak of COVID-19 hits the country

18 Mar 21

On March 17, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that Australia will ramp up support to Papua New Guinea, and allocate 8000 vaccines, as well as personal protective equipment and medical specialists to support the country in response to an alarming mass outbreak of COVID-19.

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Wellbeing in Bangladesh: Halima’s story

17 Mar 21

Halima is raising two children in a refugee camp in Bangladesh, while caring for her mother who has a disability. Widowed at just 21, Halima fled violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in 2017, arriving at the camp with nothing.  

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Improved health in Indonesia: Arsad’s story

10 Mar 21

Arsad, an Indonesian farmer, had no toilet in his home so he had to walk into the forest to the open defecation area, even at night or in the rain. Around 17 percent of Indonesia’s rural population practice open defecation, with many unaware that it contributes to spreading diseases. 

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Communities come together online and in person this Lent

09 Mar 21

All across Australia, you have joined the groundswell of support to 'Be More' for Project Compassion. The coronavirus pandemic has not stopped communities from connecting, virtually, or in person, to raise money for essential support and supplies for those poor communities most vulnerable to the disease.  

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Thriving in Tanzania: Oliva’s story

03 Mar 21

Oliva, a twenty-two-year-old woman living in Tanzania with her farmer husband, two young sons and an adopted niece and nephew, didn’t have the opportunity to go to school growing up.

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Caritas Lebanon staff responding to blast.

Hope from the ashes: rebuilding Beirut after a devastating explosion 

01 Mar 21

After a devastating explosion rocked a city and a society which was already facing enormous challenges, your support is helping to rebuild and restore livelihoods in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut. 

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Voice from the Field: Willy Tan

26 Feb 21

For Arsad in Indonesia, improved hygiene and infrastructure have improved his family’s health. Willy Tan, Caritas Australia’s Program Coordinator for Indonesia and the Philippines, explains how.

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Security in the Solomon Islands: Margret’s story

24 Feb 21

Margret, is a teacher at a vocational school for deaf students in the Solomon Islands. She was born deaf so she knows the challenges it poses to education and employment.  

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Your support of community safety in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

23 Feb 21

DRC faces multiple threats, tackling new Ebola outbreak amidst fears of first COVID-19 era famine. Caritas Australia’s Africa Program Co-ordinator reflects on two decades of work in the Democratic Republic of Congo and its current situation

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Caritas Australia stands in solidarity with the people of Myanmar

18 Feb 21

Caritas Australia stands in solidarity with the people of Myanmar during these particularly challenging times. We pray for all of the people in Myanmar, especially the vulnerable and marginalised communities who will be most severely impacted by the recent political upheavals.

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Hope in an unlikely place: Jamila's story

18 Feb 21

Jamila, a twenty-two-year old single mother, lives in the world’s largest refugee camp in in Bangladesh. A Rohingya woman, she fled the armed conflict in Myanmar’s Rakhine State to save herself, her elderly mother and eight-month-old baby daughter. 

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