Nitu Gurung cooking in Syangja, Nepal.


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

Nitu Gurung cooking in Syangja, 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, access to clean water and community health care. Such work benefits the economic and overall well-being of the people.

We work with partners in Nepal in South Asia, and Cambodia, Timor Leste and West Papua in South-East Asia, Afghanistan in Central Asia and Palestine in the Middle-East.

Our programmes address food security; small business development to assist family incomes; sustainable farming methods; business management and accounting; soil and water conservation and development, health clinics and training in health; education; clean drinking water; land rights; advocacy; environment and climate change, including adaptation and mitigation; and indigenous peoples rights.

Caritas also supports human rights efforts, inter-faith dialogue and peace building, local NGOs, community leadership, addressing gender imbalance, disaster risk reduction and movements for democratic change.


Building contour walls to conserve water after the snow melts in Bamyan, Afghanistan.


Our Afghan programme offers an integrated approach to agriculture, soil and water conservation, and community-based education. The programme will bolster local decision-making structures to support the ongoing development of the people.

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Farmers working together to gather the harvest.


Caritas supports better outcomes for minority indigenous groups in Cambodia.

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Br. Fredy Pawika ofm of SKPKC at the annual festival of Papuan culture in Jayapura.

Indonesia - West Papua

In West Papua we work with the Justice and Peace offices of the five Catholic dioceses (the SKP network) on issues of land security, workers’ rights and freedom of expression.

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Members of a co-operative work together packing lopsi candy for sale. The sweets are made from the local lopsi fruit.


We support farmers in Western Nepal to develop strong small farming and agro-business co-operatives. This helps to ensure livelihoods, food security and sustainable economies for communities.

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A student at the Shuqba Girls' School in the West Bank demonstrates how to clean teeth properly.


We support health education in the West Bank and Gaza where it can be difficult to get medical attention due to poverty, travel restrictions, and checkpoints in the occupied Palestinian territories.

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Caritas' Tara D'Souza (second from right) watches as members of the HAFOTI women's group make coconut oil.

Timor Leste

In Timor Leste we focus on building capacity for livelihoods, community resilience and women's enterprise in this new nation.

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