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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.
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.