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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 grandmother and her granddaughter in Tongatapu, Tonga. We run livelihood programmes here.


As an agency based in Oceania, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand considers our region a priority.

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A co-operative member tends a plant that will be used for animal fodder in Phuranchaour Village, Kaski, Nepal.


Vulnerable communities are at the heart of Caritas’ integrated community development work in Asia. Our work is defined by the people’s own needs in agriculture, forestry, income-generating projects, and access to clean water, information and community health care. Such work benefits the economic and overall well-being of the people.

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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 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. We are currently working with partners in Kenya on a prospective programme that will develope resilience to climate change.

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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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