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Where we work

Caritas supports community development projects and emergency response across the Pacific, Asia and Africa as well as at home in Aotearoa New Zealand. Overseas we work in some of the world's poorest nations, and focus on the most neglected people within these nations.

Our international development work is community, rather than individually based. This is good development practice and generates less administration costs. It is based on Catholic social teaching principles of inclusiveness and participation that recognise the importance of family and community in a person’s life.

Our programmes support the supply of drinking water and irrigation, teach sustainable farm management, strengthen primary health care, develop skills and credit for small businesses, and improve the lives of women and indigenous peoples.

Where we work

A refugee in Erbil, Iraq carrying water to the community kitchen in the Church of St John the Baptist.


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

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A tapa group glueing pieces of tapa together to make a large cloth in Houma parish on the main island of Tongatapu.


As a Pacific agency, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand considers our region a priority.

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Nitu Gurung cooking in Syangja, Nepal.


Caritas works in South, East and South-East Asia.

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Maasai women in Tanzania.


In Africa, Caritas’ development partners are focused on building sustainable livelihoods and promoting human rights. We currently support development work in Kenya and Tanzania and have a long-term commitment to the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. We also respond to humanitarian disasters as they occur around the continent.

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World Youth Day Cross at Pukekaraka Marae, Otaki.

Aotearoa New Zealand

Our work within New Zealand focuses on advocacy, education, development and prayer. We strive to make a real difference in the lives of people living with poverty and injustice in our country.

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