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Commonly asked questions about Caritas for teachers and Year 11-13 students.
The New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ agency to promote justice, peace and development. We are working for a world free of poverty and injustice through community development, advocacy, education, and emergency relief.
Helps teachers and students to think about the challenges posed by social justice, peace and development questions. We do this through visits, presentations, introducing visiting speakers, creating resources for lessons and assemblies, and publishing advocacy articles. We accept donations from schools which support our partnerships.
Our name translates from the Latin as ‘love in action’. This means Caritas works to make a real difference in the lives of people living with poverty and injustice. We are an agency that plays a role in challenging politicians and world leaders to prioritise international aid, and work together to provide global solutions to global problems.
We have made statements or done research on issues such as:
Overseas Aid, Children, Peace and disarmament, Cluster munitions, Crime and punishment, Environmental justice, Climate change, HIV and AIDS, Human rights, Benefit system, West Papua, Cultural diversity, Refugees and migrants.
You can find out more about these and other issues of concern on our advocacy pages. We also make submissions to Parliament on a wide range of social justice issues.
Gospel values and Catholic social teaching, Vatican documents, current news, government policies, New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ statements and the Caritas Internationalis network. We also learn from our development and justice partners both here and overseas.
Most of the funds for our work come from two main sources:
In 2010 we received more than $3.8 million from both government and private sources. This represented a substantial drop from our average for the last five years of $4.8 million annually, due to significant changes in the government funding framework in 2010. (Figures from Caritas Annual Reports.)
We strive to ensure that 85 to 88 percent of our income is spent on our programmes for development, relief, education and advocacy. Staff salary and administration costs come out of the money received. To work for a better world, we need to provide education, advocacy and information, as well as directly fund people in need.
We work with structures to bring about change through advocacy and development partnerships. Our work is community-based rather than individual-based, as we respond to need with both humanitarian relief and long-term development. The foundation of our work is Catholic social teaching, especially the central notion of integral human development.
Integral human development, as found in Catholic social teaching, promotes the good of every person and the whole person – in cultural, economic, political, social and spiritual spheres.