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Caritas maintains a long-term commitment to supporting vulnerable people and community recovery after the Christchurch earthquakes of 2010-11.
We are working in partnership with the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch and various community organisations. Thank you to the New Zealand public and Caritas sister agencies overseas for contributing more than one million dollars towards Christchurch earthquake relief and recovery.
Your contributions have supported the following ‘good works’. Read the principles behind our Christchurch emergency response here.
Waipuna youth agency’s ‘Better Housing Better Health’ programme aims to help 120 young people a year in severe housing need. Youth Housing Coordinator Paul McMahon helps young parents in particular with information, advocacy and the processes of dealing with Housing New Zealand, Work and Income, MPs’ offices and landlords. Read more here. 2013 funding: $64,560.
Specialist social worker Cinnermon Buckley is working with students, parents and teachers in Canterbury to identify needs, and put people in touch with relevant help. She is employed by the Catholic Education Office on a three-year programme. Read more on Cinnermon’s work. 2012-2014 funding: $66,125 per year.
Caritas has supported a specialist trauma social worker at Catholic Social Services to identify and seek additional help for people in critical social need. This follows earlier support for Catholic Social Services’ earthquake response, and is a three-year programme. 2012-2014 funding: $43,057 per year.
Matt O’Connell took up this role in November 2011. As parishes and local communities move deeper into recovery, Matt is helping parishes and Diocesan offices better identify their needs. This is enabling a more coordinated response. Caritas is jointly funding this three-year project with the Christchurch Diocese. Read more here. 2011 funding: $35,612; 2012 & 2013 funding: $26,800 each year.
Caritas has supported extension of the ‘Menz Shed’ movement in Canterbury, including establishing a new one in Kaiapoi. Menz Sheds are places where men can gather to talk, share information and work on projects – in a safe, supportive and respectful environment. Caritas has provided funding support for:
Menz Shed Coordinator (Canterbury Men’s Centre) 2011: $37,695
Kaiapoi Menz Shed 2011: $25,027
Stormbirds emotional support programme helped more than 1000 children in Canterbury and many others throughout the country come to terms with living in the aftermath of a major earthquake. It helps children and adolescents understand and manage their feelings. The Seasons for Growth network administers the programme, which has been provided through schools, Catholic Social Services, community organisations and private-practice counsellors. Read more here. 2011 funding: $22,500
Caritas partnered with the St Vincent de Paul Society and Christchurch clothing company WEFT to supply polypropylene clothing for people living in cold homes, unable to be repaired or provided with proper heating. About 3,000 units of tops and pants were distributed to people identified as 'at risk'. 2011 funding: $95,450
In the second half of 2011, school principal Karen Payne was appointed an Earthquake Liaison and Support Advisor to help principals and teachers in Catholic schools, in the early aftermath of the quake. Read more here. 2011 funding: $45,000.
Emergency toilets were supplied through Rangiora Community Cares. 2011 funding: $25,000