To be strong on the outside, you have to be healthy inside the organisation! OD is a continuous process
“The CDF links solidarity with organisational development” J.N. Mayer, Caritas Europa Secretary General This statement is the basis of the new concept of solidarity of the Caritas network in Europe. Caritas Romania is one of the first member organisations of Caritas Europa that has developed a three year...

Philip McCarthy, pilgrim on European paths

Dr Phil McCarthy, together with other Caritas Europa Board Members, at the Regional Conference 2016 in Lourdes
At the Regional Conference of Caritas Europa, Philip McCarthy shared with us his inner and spiritual seeking done in Europe. He fulfilled his dream to walk on ancient pilgrims’ paths through Europe, looking for a different way of living. Philip experienced two solitary journeys of three months, which...

Nuggets of kindness

Yesus Tadesse collecting water to take to her home about 15mins away - this was her fourth trip of the morning!
Many women and young girls across Ethiopia are tasked with the collection of water. Water is carried in heavy jerry cans or pots strapped to women’s backs, and little girls are initiated early, graduating to larger loads as their strength increases. This backbreaking chore sometimes involves a walk...

Caritas Europa responding to European emergencies

Caritas Europa responding to European emergencies
One of the main advantages of humanitarian work in Caritas is the richness of its network. The strength of the Caritas network and the enormous contribution it is able to make in delivering humanitarian assistance when and where needed is already well known throughout the world. During humanitarian...
“Representatives of Religious Groups” by World Humanitarian Summit (OCHA/Metin Pala)
VOICE is a network of 85 European humanitarian NGOs based in 20 European countries. VOICE is the main NGO interlocutor with the European Union (EU) on emergency aid and disaster risk reduction and it promotes the values of humanitarian NGOs. We are proud that Caritas in 10 countries...
“Leaders' Family Photo” by World Humanitarian Summit
The World Humanitarian Summit 2016 marked an important moment to raise attention and increase the debate around the international humanitarian system. The participation of the Caritas family was well coordinated by Caritas Internationalis, which had followed the whole process ahead of the summit when regional, thematic and global...

Ukraine’s humanitarian crisis

Children 10-14 years in Stanytsia Luhanska village learn emotions at a class with psychologist – Photo: courtesy of Caritas Ukraine
The crisis in Ukraine is the biggest humanitarian crisis Europe has seen since the Second World War in terms of numbers of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and persons who have left the country. More than 1.7 million IDPs are registered with the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine,...

Gone with the wind

Caritas hotel for refugees, Lesbos – Photo: Lefteris Partsalis/Caritas Switzerland
It is summer in Greece and the hot sun whispers ideas for long escapes to the seaside and promenades on the beach. Coffee shops and bars all over the country have already been prepared to welcome the summer season along with the tourists. The hope of a regenerating,...

Hoping for rain in drought-ridden Ethiopia

Tsega Hailu, who is a member of a women's group who received seeds to plant from a Trócaire ADCS project in Tigray, northern Ethiopia
“For everything there is a season and a time for every occupation under heaven: A time for giving birth, a time for dying; a time for planting, a time for uprooting what has been planted.” Here in Tigray, in northern Ethiopia, these words from the Book of Ecclesiastes...

Ethiopia food crisis - Ten million people at risk of hunger

Herit clearing stones and plucking weeds - Photo: Nana Anto-Awuakye, CAFOD
CAFOD’s (Caritas England and Wales) World News Manager, Nana Anto-Awuakye visited Ethiopia where ten million people currently face extreme hunger. She met with CAFOD’s partners in the northeast of the country to see how they are trying to tackle the devastating effects of the worst drought the country...

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