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Sudan: growing livelihoods for the landless 


More than decade on from the start of the conflict, and the situation in Darfur continues to be one of conflict and limited access to basic human rights. Children are born with the label of Internally Displaced Person. Not knowing their homeland, many have lived in a camp for over ten years and have no idea when they will ever leave.
Darfur, Sudan
Many of the international humanitarian organisations have left, for a variety of reasons. But Caritas continues to work in a joint partnership with the ACT Alliance under the banner of Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), who have been operating in Sudan since 1971.

It has been a successful partnership and one that has brought help and hope to the affected communities. The programme provides basic needs in the form of water, health, shelter and nutrition, but also focuses on developing livelihoods - a necessity for the thousands still living in camps.

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Monsoon challenges for Caritas in Nepal

Emergency Relief


In spite of the challenging conditions caused by the monsoon, relief efforts in Nepal continue to go well and Caritas is reaching thousands of people each week with emergency supplies. The situation remains devastating for people – even with the emergency supplies, their living conditions are basic and challenging. To reach people requires ingenuity, speed and dedication, all of which Caritas staff have been showing day in and day out. But for communities who have lost it all, and who live in areas that are extremely elevated or hard to reach, help can’t come fast enough. 
    
The Caritas network has already reached more than 290,000 people with critical emergency supplies, including tarps, blankets and means for water, sanitation and hygiene
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Mufti Mania


Since 2007 Caritas has partnered with the New Zealand Catholic Primary Principals' Association (NZCPPA) to support the annual Mufti Mania day aimed at raising  money for poor and vulnerable communities in the Pacific. 

Friday, July 3rd was Mufti Mania day and students from Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Thorndon (pictured) got into the swing of things to raise money for students at two Catholic schools in Solomon Islands - Takwa Primary and St John’s Dala, in the Diocese of Auki in Solomon Islands.

All funds raised will go towards school resources for the students, including books, bibles, stationery and sports equipment.


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Papua New Guinea

Development


Our work in Papua New Guinea focuses on sustainable livelihoods, improving health, disaster preparedness and education.

The focus of our project in PNG is on assisting ten communities in the provinces of West New Britain, Bougainville and Manus to improve their quality of life by providing agriculture and fishery-based alternative livelihoods, clean water supply and sanitation and hygiene needs. Each of the communities are located on small outlying islands that are very susceptible to the effects of climate change. 

Started in 2013 and running until December 2016, Caritas supports this project with financial help from the government’s New Zealand Aid Programme. It follows on from a very successful pilot project in Kimbe.


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Child Hardship BillChild Hardship Bill

Advocacy

"The care given to infancy has an incalculable bearing. The whole of life is influenced by the first direction given in childhood."
Suzanne Aubert (1922)

Drawing on the example set by Suzanne Aubert in the 1920s, providing childcare to working mothers, we have made a submission in support of the base benefit increase in the Government's Children in Hardship Bill - albeit not without some concerns about certain aspects of the bill.

Chief among these is about the lowering of the age of requirement for work testing obligations to when a child turns three. We believe this to be unfair and are seeking a definition of suitable work for parents of very young children.


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The human face of climate change


Climate justice advocate Ursula Rakova gives a human face to the challenges experienced in the Pacific from climate change. Born on the Carteret Islands, Ms Rakova  is a pioneer in Papua New Guinea’s environmental movement and a campaigner for the survival of her people.

She recently visited New Zealand to tell her story and raise awareness about the Carteret's, a small group of islands near Bougainville that are threatened by rising sea levels and from which many of the people have migrated.

Caritas is working with the Diocese of Bougainville to build sustainable agricultural and fishing livelihood programmes for Carteret Islanders and mainland Bougainvilleans.

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Caritas Gifts

Caritas Gifts allow you to support Caritas’ work. When you buy a gift, making a donation on behalf of another, you help transform the lives of individuals, families and communities struggling to overcome poverty and injustice.
Caritas Gifts are set out in four funds: the Hope Fund supports our development work; the Life Fund sustains emergency support; our Peace Fund promotes healthcare, human rights and justice; and the Learning Fund supports education and environmental care.
Give a gift that will make a difference.

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Poverty & Justice Bible Launch

Together with Bible Society New Zealand and The Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand, Caritas has put together a New Zealand edition of The Poverty and Justice Bible to be launched alongside Social Justice Week this year on 13 September.
It uses the Catholic NRSV translation and includes a unique study section derived from the New Zealand Year 12 Religious Education curriculum and Caritas resources.


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