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Where we work

Caritas supports community development projects and emergency response across the Pacific, Asia, Africa and Latin America. We work in some of the world's poorest nations, and focus on the most neglected people within these nations.

Haiti Nicaragua Tanzania Kenya Rwanda Sudan Palestine Afghanistan Pakistan Nepal Bangladesh Thailand Burma Border Consortium Lao Cambodia Timor Leste Indonesia – West Papua Samoa Tonga Fiji Papua New Guinea Aotearoa New Zealand Christchurch New Zealand

The principal concern must be to improve the actual living conditions of people in a given region, thus enabling them to carry out those duties which their poverty does not presently allow them to fulfil.
- Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, 2009 (47)

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.

Emergencies

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.

Pacific

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

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Nitu Gurung cooking in Syangja, Nepal.

Asia

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

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Maasai women in Tanzania.

Africa

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 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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