Ethiopia: stories from a land of drought – Meja Lalu

Ethiopia: stories from a land of drought – Meja Lalu
Today, I am driving to Meja Lalu with Tefere. He worked there for many years and the people there know him well. As soon as we are outside of the somewhat sheltered streets of the town Meki, we find ourselves exposed to the full force of the dry...

Migration & development: allow solidarity to overcome fear

Migration & development: allow solidarity to overcome fear
A couple of weeks ago CONCORD, the European NGO confederation for relief and development, launched a spotlight report on “Migration and Development”. Caritas Europa dedicated a lot of attention to this moment and to the contents of the report itself. This was not only because the chair of...

Rebuilding a village in the south of Georgia

Rebuilding a village in the south of Georgia
350,000 people were forced to leave their homes and start a new life in other parts of Georgia after the war started in Abkhazia and South Ossetia in 2008. This is the story of three refugee women, brought together by their desire to rebuild the community of the...

Triton: the difference between acting and reacting

Photo: Natalia Tsoukala for Caritas Internationalis
Now that the flux of migrants arriving at the doors of Europe is decreasing (fear not, it will rise again with the end of the winter), it is vital to go to the heart of the problem and look at one of the causes of these arrivals: EU...
Blog: A true Christmas carol -  The Caritas volunteer who moved earth and heaven to save a family
This is a true story but the names have been changed. Jenny was a volunteer at Caritas Athens' Refugee Centre. She came from Germany to help for one week. She was full of energy and always available to help. One doesn't need to be a rocket-scientist to understand...
10.000 volunteers celebrate the 25th anniversary of Caritas Slovenia
Caritas Slovenia celebrated recently its 25 th anniversary. I had the opportunity to be part of this big celebration of Caritas and volunteering. 10.000 volunteers are active in the Caritas network all over the country. The celebration started with a pilgrimage and holy mass in the magnificent Saint...
Building a sustainable future: Which economic policies are needed in order to ensure competitive and fair societies?
We’re past the halfway mark of the Europe 2020 strategy and far from reaching the targets. Today, and due to the austerity measures, around 5 million people more live in poverty than only five years ago. In Caritas, in our local social services and parishes we observe, backed...
Labour market policies alone won’t eradicate poverty
At Caritas Europa we welcome the “renewed process of upward economic and social convergence” set by the European Commission’s Annual Growth Survey 2016 (AGS), but we urge the European Commission to honour its own principles and to encourage safe investments in and for society. Investing in children, for...

Children become children again

Street children. Photo by Joyce Jacobs.
Marina and her family live in extreme poverty; their house lacks electricity, gas, water and sanitation. Marina spends her days begging on the streets of Tbilisi. Sometimes she sells candles and icons. She gives the collected money to her mother. She has many health problems, in addition to...

Organisational Development Learning Path in full swing

Organisational Development Learning Path in full swing
Bring 17 colleagues from 16 different European Caritas organisations together in a space for 3 full days, immerse them in the world of organisational development (OD) and then let them go home for 6 months to try it out; repeat this 4 times… what do you get? This...

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