Dignity+love, the formula for integration

Dignity+Love: Cardinal Tagle, volunteering to share food packages among the people stuck between the border of Greece and Macedonia, 19 October 2015 - Picture: Caritas: Paul Haring
Our Holy Fathers, Saint John Paul II and Pope Francis, are particularly relevant to guide us against xenophobia. They remind us to not be afraid, to not be indifferent. Recognising Christ’s presence in our fellow humans, especially those with difficulties, is at the heart of our Christianity and...
Caritas Kosovo celebrates its 25th anniversary - Picture: Courtesy of RTV Tema
Caritas Kosovo was founded by the Catholic Church in Ferizaj in 1992. The first years it focused its activities on youth, volunteerism and distribution of food and cloths. During the war in Kosovo (1998-1999) humanitarian assistance became a new focus. With the support of the Caritas network, Caritas...
In Portugal, citizens’ engagement for refugee cause matches government policies
By Amine Bahri, Master's student in public policy on international humanitarian action and Intern at Caritas Portugal The arrival of Syrian refugees in Europe provoked different reactions among the European community. Unfortunately, the debate was not always about helping refugees seeking for peace, but sometimes motivated by political...
Housing café: Empowerment of refugees in the search for housing
By Joke Dillen and Valerie Annys, Project Coordinators of Housing café Antwerp, Caritas Belgium When you finally get your papers at the end of your asylum procedure you’re often overwhelmed by a positive feeling. With this piece of paper you can finally start your new life! You can...

Refugee crisis as a call for movement

Refugee crisis as a call for movement
By Janne Marno, Master of Arts (Education) and Caritas Finland Board Member. Janne has worked in reception centres and served Christian pilgrims in several Camino de Santiago albergues. The mankind often seems to think in terms of extreme opposites. With the help of cultural either-or categories, the information...

PHAP, Caritas and Cash Transfer Programming

PHAP, Caritas and Cash Transfer Programming - Photo: Matthieu Alexandre/Caritas Internationalis
Strategic alliances with other organisations are unique opportunities to reflect, learn from each other and exchange experiences as well as to raise visibility about the Caritas family’s important role in humanitarian assistance and in particular in cash transfer programmes. What is PHAP? The International Association of Professionals in...

Caritas Europa Humanitarian Action Group met in Sarajevo

Caritas Europa Humanitarian Action Group met in Sarajevo
Caritas Europa Humanitarian Action Group (CE HAG) met in Sarajevo from 18-20 October 2017. Humanitarian people from all corners of Europe participated to the meeting, namely coming from Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Ireland, Luxembourg, Romania, Switzerland, Spain, Ukraine and, of course, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Caritas Europa and...

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...

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