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...

Why does COP21 matter to the poorest and most vulnerable?

Why does COP21 matter to the poorest and most vulnerable?
A few days ago my mom called me. She wondered why I had to go to Paris as part of the Caritas delegation in COP21. She meant that environment wasn’t a topic that had anything to do with Caritas since our mission is to help people in need...
Let’s redress the injustice that climate change has on people’s fundamental rights
There are 650 million vulnerable people directly exposed to climate change in the world today. This is something that we at Caritas Europa have underlined time and again, particularly in our Food Security Report . These vulnerable people might eventually be forced to leave their homes and lands...

How climate change impacts people’s fundamental rights

How climate change impacts people’s fundamental rights
Last summer, with the precious support of Caritas Switzerland, I had the chance to visit Ethiopia. Once there, I spent a week in the Adigrat district, in the Tigrai region, and two weeks travelling throughout the country. The very first day, on the road between Mekelle and Adigrat,...

Happy Birthday Caritas Bosnia and Herzegovina!

On 3 November 2015, Caritas Bishops’ Conference of Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrated its 20 th anniversary in the presence of its partners, donors, friends and founders. The celebration started with a Holy Mass in Sarajevo Cathedral, where Caritas staff, bishops, priests, nuns, guests and the catholic community praised...

The failure of the EU migration response

The failure of the EU migration response
In an interview released to Afronline, Caritas Europa’s Head of Policy and Advocacy Unit, Shannon Pfohman, comments that “the current tendency in the EU to focus only on figures and costs rather than on people often makes our work more difficult. The existing economic paradigm has failed and...

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