Caritas is continuing to respond to urgent needs inside Syria, particularly in Aleppo, and is focusing on providing healthcare and emergency supplies.
In the last two weeks, the situation in Aleppo has become even more dangerous for the 1.5 million people living there.
There are high levels of disease and many hospitals and medical facilities have been destroyed by bombing. There is also a shortage of doctors and medical staff, and those that remain in the city are in need of food and water.
Please help save lives by taking advantage of the last days of our dollar for dollar matched funding by the New Zealand Aid Programme. All donations will be doubled until 1 August.
A conversation with her grandmother in Aleppo, Syria, and the plight of Syrian refugees, was the inspiration for one SINGout4JUSTICE winner's song - among a record number of entries in the annual song writing competition.
More than 130 people took part, and the winning song writers were (from left above):
Naia Alkhouri, Yr 8, St Francis De Sales, Wellington Just Want Home
Anna Tukuitoga,Yr 7, St Joseph's Catholic School, Paeroa Justice For West Papua
Nikau Te Huki, Yr 12, Hato Paora College, Feilding Now or Never
A big thank you to all the students who entered SINGout4JUSTICE!
Thanks to all the schools who took part in Mufti Mania this year!
Pictured is our Social Justice Education Coordinator, Michael Stewart, with students and the principal from St Teresa's School in Wellington showing their enthusiasm about raising funds for the John Bosco Primary School in Solomon Islands.
Renewed fighting in South Sudan since the breakdown in a ceasefire and political agreement between rival factions of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army / Movement (SPLA/M) has killed more than 300 people.
The fighting has engulfed the capital, Juba, forcing up to 40,000 people to flee their homes.
Churches are offering shelter and protection for people in need, and Caritas is providing thousands of displaced people with emergency supplies.
We have been supporting programmes in South Sudan for the last two years with partners CAFOD (Caritas England and Wales) and Trocaire (Caritas Ireland).