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Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has supported the following recent programmes in Latin America, and continues to relate to the region through Caritas sister agencies. We will respond to large-scale emergencies as appropriate.
This programme helped create self-help groups and networks of women and men community members who have become trainers, legal experts and counsellors themselves. The programme has won cooperation from local police and health professionals in combating gender-based violence. The aim is to strengthen the capacities of vulnerable groups of children and youth, disabled people, migrants and women in promoting, defending, and demanding their rights. (June 2011- Jun 2012)
Caritas has been working with ADDAC since 2005. This programme strengthens rural agriculture-based livelihoods and community co-operatives. It incorporates and advocates for gender sensitivity within communities. It also promotes sustainability – both from an environmental perspective, and in ensuring the ongoing viability of small-scale rural production of goods for sale. This can help keep families together. In 2010, technical training and assistance was provided on the production of juice, jam, pickle, fruit-based liquor, cheese, honey products, natural medicines, soap and shampoo. (July 2010 - June 2011)
This project contributes to the application of justice for the victims of violations of human rights in Guatemala. It also works towards the authentic reconciliation between the State and its citizens and the state of human rights. One aspect of the project is preparation and security for witnesses in individual cases, and as the accusing party in cases of genocide. (January - December 2010)