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February 2016 - The latest news from Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand
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Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand


 
 
Working for a world free
of poverty and injustice

As we reflect on our Lenten journey and how we can live the Gospel, we recognise that we are compelled to heed the cry of the poor and vulnerable. 

We thank you for the generous donations we continue to receive during this holy season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Particularly as our brothers and sisters in Fiji struggle to recover from the devastation wrought by Cyclone Winston. 

Your donations enable us to reach out and provide support to those in need “so they can feel the warmth of our presence, our friendship and our fraternity”.
(Misericordiae Vultus). 

We will be working alongside our Fijian partners, so that communities there can rebuild and flourish again. 

Help us to continue answering the cry of the earth and the poor by giving to the Bishops' Lent Appeal. 


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Cyclone Winston: Reaching out to our neighbours

Emergency Relief

 
Whole villages have been destroyed, thousands of people are sheltering in evacuation centres and a state of emergency has been declared in Fiji following Cyclone Winston – a Category 5 storm reported as the strongest to ever hit the Southern Hemisphere. 

We are in close contact with our partners the Archdiocese in Suva, who are able to reach communities across the entire country through their networks, and we are working to respond to immediate needs.

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Cambodian counterparts

Education


The 2016 Lent schools resources focus on life and challenges for indigenous Cambodians, and themes include valuing culture, adapting to climate change, food security, human rights and land rights.

CLICK ON IMAGE ABOVE TO WATCH THIS LENT VIDEO about the daily life of Lun Nee, a 15 year old boy from rural Cambodia. 

We work with our partner Development and Partnership in Action providing farmers like Lun Nee and his family with training to adapt their farming to a changing climate. 

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SINGout4JUSTICE 2016

Education

BE THE VOICE OF JUSTICE & PEACE
Our annual song writing competition is now open, and 
the theme in 2016 is
'The Time is Now


There are two age group categories students can enter:
Year 7-10
Year 11-13
$500 worth of prizes to win for each age group!

ENTRIES CLOSE FRIDAY 24 JUNE


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Inspiring students to be social justice leaders

Justice Leadership Days are currently being held for secondary school students around the country to help them become social justice leaders in their school communities. 

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Photos from these informative, interactive, reflective and fun whole-day workshops.


FARMFIRST Philippines 

Development


The Philippines have been hit by severe typhoons in recent years, and with climate change causing more extreme weather patterns, there will be more to come.

Our programme assists poor farming and fishing communities to adapt to a changing environment by learning sustainable and climate-resilient practices.


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Refugee quota

Advocacy

On February 15, Caritas Director Julianne Hickey and Advocacy & Research Manager, Lisa Beech spoke at an Alternative Select Committee process at Parliament in support of increasing the number of refugees New Zealand welcomes each year.

Mrs Hickey said we must increase the quota due to the humanitarian crises in the Middle East and elsewhere.

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PRAYER FOR LENT

Make our hearts O Lord rich soil for your word
Plant new seeds of faith, hope and love
Make our hearts O Lord rich soil for your word
Bearing grain a hundred fold

Composed by Michael Herry FMS – this can also be sung.

LISTEN TO THE SONG
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