Priscilla inspects her drought-affected fields of millet next to her home in Hwange district, north-western Zimbabwe. Photo: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia

We Are There. We Are Caritas Australia.

For nearly 60 years, Caritas Australia has been working with communities around the world to confront the challenges of poverty. Through locally-led programs, we work with all people towards a world where all can thrive and reach their full potential.


A doctor visits a clinic run by the FCJ Centre in the Philippines. Photo: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia

Walking together hand-in-hand with the most vulnerable communities

Rosalie outside home with some of her children in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Arlette Bashizi/CAFOD

Supporting mothers to forge a brighter future for their children

Community members in Samoa preparing to clean the mangrove area. Photo: Tim Lam/Caritas Australia

Standing with communities on the frontline of climate change

Janice is a traditional dancer who tells stories through movements handed down over generations. Photo credit: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia.

Accompanying and learning from our First Australian partners

Our global impact


The number of people supported in 2021/2022 through development and emergency programs.


the number of long-term development programs across Asia, Africa, the Pacific and Australia.


the number of countries Caritas Australia currently work in

Here’s how your donation can help change lives:

Community members in Samoa help keep the local river clean. The river is the lifeblood of the community. Photo: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia 

Communities in Samoa can protect their land against the impacts of climate change.

Rosalie (standing) attends a Saving and Internal Lending Community group (SILC) meeting near her home in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Programs like these run over several years, with improvements made based on community needs. Your long term commitment allows us to improve and adapt programs like these over several years, knowing we have the funds to continue supporting them. Photo: Arlette Bashizi/CAFOD

Ex-combatants in Democratic Republic of Congo can learn essential skills to reintegrate into society.

Janice leads students on a tour of the Djilpin Arts centre. Photo: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia

First Nations people in the Northern Territory can access employment opportunities. 

We are there to tackle some of the biggest challenges in the world today:

Food security

Around the world, an estimated 828 million people will go to sleep hungry tonight. We work with rural communities to learn sustainable farming techniques to grow reliable sources of food all year round. 

With your support, 23,316 people adopted innovative and sustainable agricultural practices in the last financial year.

Disaster preparedness

We are there, working with communities before, during and after a disaster. Through Disaster Risk Reduction activities, communities are ready to respond and recover when an emergency strikes. 

In the last financial year, 15,133 people participated in the development or implementation of disaster risk reduction plans.

Poverty alleviation

Through long-term programs, we work with local communities and our partners to address issues that affect poverty, supporting communities to improve their access to health, education, clean water and income generation. 

Thanks to the support of people like you, 70,494 people gained improved access to drinking water in the past financial year. 

Women's development

Every day, women around the world are disproportionately affected by poverty, food insecurity, climate change, gender-based violence, as well as a lack of access to education, health care and employment.

In the past financial year, 46,439 people participated in sessions on gender issues and women’s equal rights.

700 million

people living in extreme poverty

828 million

people experiencing food insecurity

2.2 billion

people without access to clean water

A community member in Samoa planting new trees next to the river. Photo: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia

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