Caritas Czech Republic’s rich history of helping the poor and the suffering began during the First Republic in 1919. Since then, despite a moratorium of its services during the communist era, Caritas Czech Republic has become the biggest non-governmental provider of social and health services in the Czech Republic and has expanded its projects abroad to include humanitarian aid and development cooperation in countries such as Iraq, Syria, Mongolia, Cambodia, Moldova, Ukraine, Kosovo, Ethiopia and Zambia.
Involved in 30 countries, Caritas Czech Republic has become a fixed part of humanitarian aid projects around the world. Domestically, it runs more than 1,200 social and health services. Its grassroots approach to raise charitable donations includes the largest volunteer project in the Czech Republic called the “Three-Kings Collection” that generates millions of euros every year to support local charities, development cooperation and humanitarian aid projects, such as the devastating Nepal earthquake relief in 2015.
Caritas Czech Republic employs a staff of approximately 7,700 employees and more than 60,000 volunteers. It consists of 8 diocesan and about 350 regional/parish organisations that all sit within the auspices of the Czech Bishops Conference.
In 1995, Caritas Czech Republic became a full member of Caritas Europa and the Caritas Internationalis confederation. Key to the success of Caritas Czech Republic has been the ongoing collaboration work with the Caritas network, such as Caritas Spain, Caritas Germany, Caritas Australia, Caritas Mongolia, Catholic Relief Services (USA), Caritas Denmark, Caritas Switzerland, Caritas Italy, Cordaid (Netherlands), CAFOD (England and Wales) and Trócaire (Ireland).
Msgr. Pavel Posád
Mgr. Lucáš Curylo
Mgr. Jakub Líčka