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June 2016 - The latest news from Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand
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As we move towards the 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time we reflect on the Gospel message in which "72 others" were sent out by Jesus. 

We too need to be prepared to “go out” beyond ourselves – to friends, families, workmates and be to them the presence of Christ. This can take many forms. 

In Syria, communities face trauma, destruction and grief. Caritas is working with our partners to “go out” and assist those in need inside Syria – particularly in Aleppo.

We are supporting the most vulnerable groups including the elderly who have been unable to flee the destruction of their city.  In addition to food and water there is a need for psycho-social support as the community struggles with the impact of their recent experiences.

The New Zealand Aid Programme is matching our fundraising for Syria dollar for dollar until 1 August. Please take advantage of this and thank you to those who already have.

Yours in Christ


Julianne Hickey
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Select our Peace in the Middle East fund to donate to Syria

Every dollar you donate (before 1 August) to help the most vulnerable within Syria will be matched by the New Zealand Aid Programme.

 
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Solidarity with Syria Appeal

Emergency Relief


The war in Syria has contributed to the largest refugee crisis in history and millions of people are in need of assistance. 

Eight million people have been forced from their homes inside Syria and more than 4 million are refugees in neighbouring countries and beyond.

Through the generosity of Caritas supporters. we have assisted many of the 1.2 million Syrian refugees living in Lebanon since the start of the conflict in 2011. In 2016 we expanded our focus to support refugees in Jordan.

Working with Caritas Syria as one of the only New Zealand NGOs inside Syria, we are now able to help meet the needs of desperate communities from Damascus to Aleppo, including providing healthcare and counselling.

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Mufti Mania

Education


Each year since 2007 the New Zealand Catholic Primary Principals' Association (NZCPPA) have partnered with Caritas to run a Mufti Mania day to raise awareness and funds for poor and vulnerable communities.

July 8 - Catholic primary schools around New Zealand

This year the focus is on a small school in Solomon Islands called St John Bosco Primary, which is in need of building repairs.

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Tonga

Development

In Tonga we support a programme that gives micro-finance loans to small groups so that they can set up livelihood initiatives to earn extra money for their families to pay for things like school fees.

These livelihood groups are self-run and include activities like pig farming, tapa making and fine mat weaving. The loans are slowly paid back and put towards another group.



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First Australians

Advocacy 

Lisa Beech our Advocacy and Research Manager recently spent some time with our Caritas Australia partners at their First Australians Programme partners meeting in Ross River near Alice Springs. 

Travelling with her were our tangata whenua partners, Jaana Kahu (Kaikōura and Te Rūnanga o te Hāhi Katorika) and Tihikura Hohaia (Parihaka).

 

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Catholic Volunteers Overseas

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have renamed the Mahitahi volunteer programme Catholic Volunteers Overseas following consultation with partners across the Pacific. Direction has also been given to Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand’s Board and staff for the future of Catholic volunteering overseas.
 

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Disaster preparedness in Tonga 

Torrential rain on 10 and 11 June caused flooding in residential low lying areas of Nuku’alofa, Tonga. Thanks to the pre-positioning of emergency supplies and disaster preparedness, our partners Caritas Tonga were able to respond by delivering New Zealand Aid Programme-funded supplies to families affected by the flooding.

A Prayer for the people of Syria

Almighty eternal God, source of all compassion,
the promise of your mercy and saving help fills our hearts with hope.
Hear the cries of the people of Syria;
bring healing to those suffering from the violence,
and comfort to those mourning the dead.
Empower and encourage Syria’s neighbours 
in their care and welcome for refugees.
Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms,
and strengthen the resolve of those committed to peace.
O God of hope and Father of mercy,
your Holy Spirit inspires us to look beyond ourselves and our own needs.
Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence 
and to seek reconciliation with enemies.
Inspire the Church around the world with compassion for the people of Syria,
and fill us with hope for a future of peace built on justice for all.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace and Light of the World,
who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Amen.

Petition:
For the people of Syria, that God may strengthen the resolve of leaders to end 
the fighting and choose a future of peace.
We pray to the Lord…


Source: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/prayers/prayer-for-peace-in-syria.cfm
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