The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development

Emergency relief

Caritas responds to emergencies around the world, including in Aotearoa New Zealand. We aim to save lives, reduce suffering, uphold human dignity, and meet people's basic needs – regardless of ethnicity, religion or nationality.

In emergencies, we respond to needs and requests of our development partners and through the Caritas Internationalis confederation.

Wherever a disaster occurs, one of our partners will be there, coordinating local people and supplies to provide an effective and efficient response.

Following an emergency, we understand that you might want to send food or other goods, however aid organisations such as the Caritas network provide emergency bulk supplies quickly, which is the most effective way of helping people on the ground.

East Africa Crisis

We are working with our partners in South Sudan to help save the lives of millions of people facing starvation, and responding to thousands of others in Kenya facing serious food shortages. 

Peace in the Middle East

Caritas launched the Peace in the Middle East campaign to support development programmes and provide humanitarian aid to those affected by the ongoing humanitarian crises in Syria and Palestine. 

New Zealand Earthquake

A magnitude 7.8 severe earthquake struck 15 km north-east of Culverden on Monday, 14 November 2016 and caused serious damage to communitiesin the South Island, including Kaikōura.

Cyclone Winston response

Tropical Cyclone Winston was a category 5 storm and the strongest to ever hit the Southern Hemisphere. Fiji was very badly affected and we are continuing to work with our partners to help people rebuild.

Nepal earthquakes

Two major earthquakes hit Nepal in April and May 2015, taking more than 8,800 lives and destroying more than 600,000 homes. One year on from the disaster, and we are continuing to work with our partners in the country to help people rebuild their lives.

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