Regional Conference 2018 - Welcome to Georgia!

Regional Conference 2018 - Welcome to Georgia! - Picture: Nino Gambashidze, Caritas Georgia
Gamarjoba! გამარჯობა! Hello! Gamarjoba is the most common greeting one hears in Georgia. Needless to say, it will be among the first words participants will hear when they attend the next Caritas Europa Regional Conference, which will be held in May 2018 in our capital of Tbilisi! Gamarjoba...

#DEVENIR - helping trafficked children to become whole again

#DEVENIR - helping trafficked children to become whole again
After the great success of the 2016 #INVISIBLES toolkit, composed of a video and pedagogical booklet that cast the spotlight on the hidden tragic situations that many children are going through in Europe, Secours Catholique-Caritas France and the collective "Together against trafficking in human beings" have launched a...

Resilience building: let people feel safe in their village

Resilience building: let people feel safe in their village
Liben zone is an arid region in the southeast of Ethiopia regularly hit by severe droughts. In 2012 and 2013 in the Dhekasuftu district alone more than 2,000 households were displaced because of drought. Recognizing the severity of the recurrent droughts, its effect on pastoral livelihood and the...

Disaster Risk Reduction in Armenia

Children from the community of Jajur participating in community level risk mapping
On 11-13 October 2017, the Republic of Armenia will mark the International Day of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) by hosting an International Conference “Resilience Building for Sustainable Development” in Yerevan. The participants represent state and non-governmental organisations from European, Central Asian and Balkan countries, Ukraine, Georgia, etc. and...

New partnerships for social innovation and leadership building

New partnerships for social innovation and leadership building
On 4 October 2017, I had the pleasure to participate in the launch event of the Centre for Social Innovation and Global Public Service in London. This Centre is an initiative of the Catholic St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London. Phil McCarthy and Chris Bain, Directors of CSAN and...

Peace begins with a smile

Peace begins with a smile
" Peace begins with a smile ", said Mother Theresa. On another occasion she gave us this message: " What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family ". It seems very easy to promote and cultivate peace, right? It does not sound...
Creating a culture of evidence: Monitoring and evaluation on the Balkan route
Since the beginning of the refugee crisis, the Caritas network across Europe has been doing a lot to support people who have had to flee their homes in countries affected by war. The challenge today is that we are dealing with a complex humanitarian crisis: due to its...

Efficiency and humanity guide Caritas’ cash programming

Efficiency and humanity guide Caritas’ cash programming
Photo: This lady has never been in a shopping mall before. A Caritas volunteer helps her navigate the various stores and make the best choices to use her voucher. (Caritas Aleppo, June 2017) Cash programming is on the agenda everywhere. People organise meetings, conferences, workshops, and write books...

Caritas Greece facing humanitarian and refugee crisis

Caritas Greece facing humanitarian and refugee crisis
For more than 7 years now, Greece has been going through one of the most critical periods in its post-war history. A period plagued by an unprecedented economic crisis and a profound social and moral crisis due to the lack of integrated and effective social protection policies. The...
Photo: Maks Levin/Caritas Ukraine
The conflict in Ukraine is in its fourth year. Millions of people continue to suffer on a daily basis the consequences of prolonged violence. Fighting between the parties to the conflict keeps on claiming civilian lives and destroying homes, hospitals, schools and vital infrastructure. The persisting displacement of...

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