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


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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.

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

In emergencies, we respond to needs and requests of our development partners and through the Caritas Internationalis confederation.

Wherever a disaster occurs, one of our partners will be there, coordinating local people and supplies to provide an effective and efficient response.

Following an emergency we understand that you might want to send food or other goods, however aid organisations such as the Caritas network provide emergency bulk supplies quickly, which is the most effective way of helping people on the ground.


People recieving rice in the Tambul district, PNG.

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Cyclone Pam - Vanuatu

Cyclone Pam was the largest cyclone to ever hit Vanuatu and caused devastation across the island nation. Caritas staff are working with the Diocesan Disaster Committee that has been established by the Diocese of Port Vila to help coordinate humanitarian relief and recovery work.

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Items like blankets, soap and jerry cans are essential for people in Internally Displaced Persons communities in South Sudan.

South Sudan conflict

Caritas is supporting work in South Sudan where our partners Caritas England and Wales (CAFOD) and Caritas South Sudan are helping people who have been displaced from their homes by civil conflict.

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Women collecting water, new water sources constructed or rehabilitated has reduced walking distances considerably.


Caritas continues to support emergency relief in Darfur and Nuba in 2015.

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A girl in Davao Oriental an area of the Philippines that was badly damaged during Typhoon Bopha.

Recent emergencies

Caritas is able to respond quickly to emergencies through our partners on the ground and our worldwide network of Caritas agencies. These emergencies are some that we have responded to in recent years, some of them we are still involved with through rebuilding programmes.

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A displaced Iraqi woman in a camp.

Peace in the Middle East

Caritas launched the Peace in the Middle East campaign to support development programmes and provide humanitarian aid to those affected by the ongoing humanitarian crises in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Palestine. 

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In the town of Sangachowk, Nepal some people starting to build their own temorary shelters following the April earthquake.

Nepal earthquakes

Two major earthquakes hit Nepal in April and May. More than 8,800 people were killed and over 16,800 injured. We are continuing to work with our partners in the country to provide assistance.

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