Established in 2004, Caritas Poland’s mission is to support domestic and overseas projects to meet the needs of the poor and disadvantaged. Their extensive range of activities include establishing single-mother centres, hospices, treatment and rehabilitation centres, initiatives that counter social exclusion and providing emergency relief to countries following natural disasters or armed conflict in countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe.
Caritas Poland programmes are largely funded by donations from individuals and organisations at home and abroad. Domestically, these contributions have financed soup kitchens, single-mother centres, programmes that care for victims of forced prostitution, counseling for migrants and refugees to integrate into society, occupational therapy workshops and day care centres for children and the elderly.
Recent examples of Caritas work in Poland, include a nutrition programme which 40 Caritas centres across Poland provided 250,000 balanced meals to malnourished children in 2012. In 2010, Poland was hit by catastrophic floods that the Prime Minister of Poland called “the worst disaster for 160 years”. Caritas Poland helped come to the aid of over 66,000 flood victims cross 15 towns by delivering pumping equipment.
Overseas, Caritas Poland has played a key role in emergency relief and rehabilitation work during and after a disaster; such as international rescue efforts to help aid victims from the devastating 8.9 earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011.
Part of The Conference of the Polish Episcopate, Caritas Poland main office is located in Warsaw and has a staff of approximately 20 people. Caritas Poland coordinates the work and supports the tasks of 44 diocesan and archdiocesan Caritas in Poland.
Caritas Poland is a member of Caritas Internationalis and Caritas Europe, and actively collaborates with the members on overseas emergency and developmental programmes.
Rev. Marian Subocz
Fr. Hubert A. Matusiewicz OH
Rev. Marek Dec