Latest News

i
Members of the Hygiene Committee assist with cleaning up the camp site. Photo: Caritas Goma.

Caritas frontline workers respond to DRC volcano eruption

30 Nov 21

Thousands of displaced families in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) remain in need of urgent humanitarian support following a volcanic eruption in May this year.

Read More
i
Building were burnt down during days of civil unrest in the capital, Honiara. Photo: Rose Clough/Caritas Australia.

Caritas Australia concerned about impacts of riots in Honiara

29 Nov 21

Protests have broken out this week in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, prompting aid workers to raise concerns about the impacts of the unrest on access to food and livelihoods.

Read More
i
Lat holding sapling. Photo credit: Sam Rinang, ARD

Impacts of COP26 on climate justice

04 Nov 21

Through your support, vulnerable communities in Cambodia and the rest of the world can learn about disaster risk management and be better prepared to deal with the ongoing effects of environmental changes.  

Read More
i
Rural villages in India rebuilding from COVID-19. Photo credit: Caritas India.

Rural villages in India rebuilding from COVID-19

25 Oct 21

A new report released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has revealed disadvantaged tribal and caste communities make up more than 80 per cent of people living in poverty. 

Read More
i
Yani with community members in her garden. Photo: YMTM.

Indonesia’s economy deeply impacted by COVID-19

13 Oct 21

COVID-19 has significantly affected Indonesia's economy over the past few months. The surge of the highly contagious Delta variant has resulted in a second wave of the virus for the South East Nation. 

Read More
i
Environmental Changes Predicted To Displace Millions By 2050. Photo credit: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia.

Environmental changes predicted to displace millions by 2050

05 Oct 21

More than 216 million people could become internally displaced by 2050 unless the world acts now, according to the World Bank’s latest Groundswell report.

Read More
i
Jamila is a Rohingya refugee, living in Bangladesh. Photo: Inmanuel Chayan Biswas

Over 82 million people displaced this World Day of Migrants and Refugees

24 Sep 21

On World Day of Migrants and Refugees on 26 September, we were called on to remember those displaced by conflict and persecution around the world - and to consider how we can offer practical support to our neighbours around the world.

Read More
i
Shirley trained to become an indigenous health worker to protect and care for her community. Photo: SPACFI.

COVID-19 surge in Philippines threatens to overwhelm hospitals

23 Sep 21

The Philippines is experiencing a devastating surge in COVID-19 cases, as the country battles its fourth wave of the pandemic.  

Read More
i
Volunteers Distribute Aid In Beirut. Photo Caritas Lebanon

Humanitarian emergency in Lebanon reaches crisis point

07 Sep 21

Lebanon has reached boiling point due to an enduring a series of crises that have been escalating over the past 18 months. Today, the population faces a dire humanitarian crisis, with the country rapidly running out of power, water, fuel, medicine and food.

Read More
i
Kabul airport. Photo credit: Shutterstock

Afghanistan plunged into greater chaos, as thousands face displacement, poverty and COVID-19

03 Sep 21

The situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate, with decades of political and civil unrest, drought and economic instability leaving a devastating toll on a country that now faces even more uncertainty.

Read More
i
Downtown Kabul

World Humanitarian Day: humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

19 Aug 21

Afghanistan is facing an unfolding humanitarian crisis, giving a tragic relevance to this year’s World Humanitarian Day.  

Read More
i
Aloma standing among the mangroves in the Philippines. Photo credit: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia.

Be a champion for vulnerable women by participating in Women for the World!

17 Aug 21

Around the world, millions of women and girls continue to live in poverty, facing the challenges of gender inequality and discrimination, with poor or limited access to health care and education. But you can help change that.

Read More
i
Ranger Sarah Barkley interviewing senior elder John Clark. Photo: Aboriginal Carbon Foundation.

A partnership that pays off

16 Aug 21

An increasing number of communities throughout Australia are set to reap the reward of a partnership that’s been struck between Caritas Australia and the Aboriginal Carbon Foundation.

Read More
i
Destruction in Haiti after 7.2 magnitude earthquake. Photo: Catholic Relief Services

Major earthquake in Haiti causes widespread destruction

15 Aug 21

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the south of Haiti on Saturday August 14, causing widespread destruction, reducing buildings to rubble and causing at least 300 deaths.  

Read More
i
Flooding in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Credit: Caritas Bangladesh

A message from Bangladesh's flooded refugee camps

11 Aug 21

A message from the field, following weeks of floods, which have hit Bangladesh's Cox's refugee camps hard.

Inmanuel Chayan Biswas, Head of Operations, Emergency Response program for Caritas Bangladesh, says thousands of Rohingya refugees have been displaced, their shelters damaged and food is now in short supply.

Read More
i
Destruction in Beirut blast aftermath. Photo credit: Caritas Lebanon.

Recovery and resilience in Lebanon one year after the Beirut blast

05 Aug 21

A year ago, a tragic explosion in Beirut killed over 200 people, injured more than 7,500 and left about 300,000 homeless. The blast occurred at a time when the Lebanese economy was in freefall and COVID-19 was sweeping across the nation.

Read More
i
Emma Dawson, Pacific Program Manager. Photo credit: Caritas Australia.

COVID-19 impact on the Pacific

03 Aug 21

Q & A with Emma Dawson, Pacific Program Manager, Caritas Australia. In the first year of the pandemic, the Pacific was quite lucky in that most countries almost went a year without any COVID-19 cases. In 2021, we’ve seen really concerning rises in the number of confirmed cases, particularly in Papua New Guinea and Fiji. This has had a big impact on their flailing health systems, poverty levels and their economies, and we have also been seeing a rise in cases of gender-based violence.

Read More
i
Distribution of PPE to health centres. Credit: Caritas Indonesia.

Indonesia battles devastating second wave of COVID-19 outbreak

01 Aug 21

Indonesia has recorded its highest daily death toll from Covid-19, amid a second serious outbreak of COVID-19. As it continues to battle the spread of the virulent Delta variant, with your support, we’re working on the ground to help the most vulnerable, marginalized communities.

Read More
i
A UN report has shown significant increase in world hunger during the COVID-19 pandemic. With our local partners, we're working to support the most vulnerable communities around the world. Credit: Inmanuel Chayan Biswas

World faces most significant increase in hunger in decades

30 Jul 21

World faces most significant increase in hunger in decades

A report released by the UN this month shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to the most significant increase in world hunger in decades, with global hunger increasing last year by 18 per cent compared to the year before.

 

Read More
i
Caritas Australia CEO Kirsty Robertson with Chanthea Nou, Program Coordinator for Cambodia. Photo: Nicole Clements, Caritas Australia

Cambodian prisoners learn new skills for World Day against Trafficking in Persons

30 Jul 21

This World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on July 30, Caritas Australia celebrates its partner, Caritas Cambodia, working to help prevent human trafficking.

Read More
i
Women For The World Tackling Gender Inequality And Discrimination. Photo credit: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia.

Tackling gender inequality and discrimination through Women for the World

28 Jul 21

Women for the World brings Australians together to support vulnerable woman and girls around the world. It’s an initiative that crosses borders, connects communities and creates lasting change. 

Read More
i
Caritas Goma staff on the ground in the wake of the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo. Photo Credit – Lydie Kone Waridi, Caritas Goma

Thousands still in urgent need, over a month after DRC's deadly volcano

06 Jul 21

Over a month has passed since a volcano erupted, killing at least 32 people and displacing over 400,000 more in the Democratic Republic of Congo, yet hundreds of thousands of people remain in urgent need. 

Read More
i
Tom Powell, Red Dust Healing Founder. Photo credit: Cassandra Hill/Caritas Australia.

Heal Country! NAIDOC Week Feature – Red Dust Healing

05 Jul 21

Founder of Red Dust Healing, Tom Powell, is concerned about Australia’s suicide rate and the impacts on families. Amid droughts, floods, bushfires, mouse plagues and COVID-19, many in regional areas of Australia, in particular, are doing it tough. 

 

 

 

Read More
i
Halima showing her children how to use a hand-washing station in her Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo credit: Inmanuel Biswas/Caritas Bangladesh

COVID-19 surges around the world amid low vaccination rates in vulnerable communities

05 Jul 21

As Australians line up for their COVID-19 vaccinations, the world’s most vulnerable communities continue to struggle with deadly outbreaks  with little hope of a vaccine in sight. 

Read More
i
Staff in PNG putting together hygiene kits to distribute to local communities. Photo: Caritas Australia PNG.

Misinformation and violence spikes in PNG as COVID-19 outbreak continues

01 Jul 21

In the wake of the devastating outbreak of COVID-19 in Papua New Guinea, the majority of communities in remote areas still have extremely limited knowledge of the virus and how to prevent its spread.  

Read More
i
Jamila (centre) joins other women in the Women Friendly Spaces project, run by Caritas Bangladesh, in a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo credit: InmanuelBiswas/Caritas Bangladesh

Celebrating Rohingya refugee communities in Cox’s Bazar for World Refugee Day

20 Jun 21

This World Refugee Day, we’re celebrating the Rohingya refugees working together to improve living conditions and community safety in Cox’s Bazar, the largest refugee camp in the world.  

Read More
i
World Environment Day 2021. Photo credit: Sam Rinang, ARD.

What does World Environment Day mean in 2021?

04 Jun 21

Today is World Environment Day, the United Nations day for encouraging global awareness and action to protect our shared environment.

Read More
i
Basic Medical Kits distribution. Photo: Caritas India

India struggles with combined impact of COVID-19 and extreme cyclones

28 May 21

In addition to the devastating loss of life from COVID-19, the country has been hit by two extreme cyclones in as many weeks.  

Read More
i
Destruction in Gaza following the conflict in 2012. Photo: Caritas Jerusalem.

Violence escalates in Jerusalem and Gaza

17 May 21

Caritas Australia stands in solidarity with the people of Jerusalem and Gaza as the region experiences perhaps the worst outbreak of violent conflict in decades.  

Read More
i
Women queue at COVID-19 Information Centre in India. Photo: Caritas India

Latest budget disappoints on foreign aid

12 May 21

Last night’s Federal Budget was disappointing: it brought few new aid commitments, apart from a promise of support for India and the Pacific.  

Read More
i
Unpacking lifesaving PPE in PNG. Photo: Caritas PNG.

Caritas Australia welcomes over $350,000 raised by Catholic Health Australia and its members to support PNG during COVID-19 crisis 

06 May 21

We welcome the incredible $356,200 that Catholic Health Australia members have raised to fight COVID-19 in Papua New Guinea (PNG) 

Read More
i
Stephanie Lalor is Caritas Australia's Manager, First Australians Program, Credit: Cassandra Hill, Caritas Australia.

Q & A with Stephanie Lalor, our new First Australians Program Manager

04 May 21

Stephanie Lalor has worked at Caritas Australia for over ten years – as our Pacific Programs Manager and more recently as our First Australians Program Manager. She tells us about her inspiration and takes a look at the year ahead.

Read More

Cyclone season wreaks havoc in poor communities

30 Apr 21

In Timor-Leste, Indonesia and the Philippines, cyclone season, which occurs between October and May, swept through low-lying townships, developed cities and villages alike, with incredible force. 

Read More
i
Emergency rations are distributed to vulnerable communities through our partner, Caritas India. Photo: Caritas India

Australia sends support to India as country struggles to contain massive second outbreak of COVID-19

28 Apr 21

India is struggling to control a massive surge in COVID-19 cases, with a death toll nearing 200,000, after another 2771 deaths were reported on Tuesday.  

Read More
i
Caption: Damage caused by floodwaters in Dili. Photo: Caritas Australia

Recovery and resilience in Timor-Leste

26 Apr 21

An estimated 2,000 households and over 9,000 people across Timor-Leste have been affected by intense floods caused by Tropical Cyclone Seroja in early April. The torrential rain and landslides destroyed critical infrastructure across the country and claimed the lives of 45 people.  

Read More
i
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.  

Read More