Help Syrian refugees

Help Syrian refugees

About 12 million people from Syria are refugees, roughly half of them children. Caritas Switzerland is providing emergency aid of 12 million Swiss francs, including in , Jordan, Syria and northern Iraq.

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Refugee tragedy: Help for utterly exhausted people

Refugee tragedy: Help for utterly exhausted people

Thousands of refugees have lost their lives at the borders of Europe in recent weeks and months. The conditions in overcrowded refugee camps are degrading. Numerous families are forced to spend the nights out in the open. The Caritas network is helping refugees in Serbia, for example. ...

Reconstruction of houses in the Philippines

Reconstruction of houses in the Philippines

One and a half years after the devastating typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, reconstruction is in full swing. Caritas Switzerland is rebuilding schools and private houses. The focus is particularly on deprived families and communities. Caritas is pursuing its approach of ‘helping people to help themselves’ as ...

Reconstruction in Pakistan

Reconstruction in Pakistan

In 2010, Pakistan was hit by severe floods. Caritas Switzerland and its partners provided extensive emergency relief and rebuilt schools and infrastructures. However, there are still remote valleys that have not received any aid to date. Caritas is active in these areas.

Is a new approach to sustainable development possible?

Is a new approach to sustainable development possible?

Thousands of delegates have descended on a rainy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the third International Conference on Financing for Development. This is the first in three UN Summits this year that will show how much governments are willing to rise to the current global challenges, including climate ...

Refugee Days 2015

Refugee Days 2015

Almost 60 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of wars, conflicts and persecution. This is the highest number on record. 20 June is World Refugee Day. 

Major earthquake hits Nepal

Major earthquake hits Nepal

A massive earthquake shook Nepal last Saturday. The official death toll is currently 3700, but the full scale of the disaster is not yet known. It is feared that the number of victims will continue to rise. Caritas Switzerland has committed CHF 500,000 for emergency aid and ...

Emergency aid in eastern Ukraine

Emergency aid in eastern Ukraine

More than one million people have already been driven from their homes by the war in Ukraine. Their situation is extremely precarious. Caritas Switzerland is cooperating with Caritas Germany and providing emergency aid for around 27,000 people.

World Water Day 22 March

World Water Day 22 March

Access to water is a human right, yet around 780 million people worldwide have no access to clean drinking water. ‘Water’ is one of the priorities of Caritas Switzerland’s work, and the organisation implements numerous water projects in various countries. 22 March is World Water Day. 

Reconstruction in Japan completed

Reconstruction in Japan completed

Four years ago, on 11 March 2011, Japan was hit by the most powerful earthquake in its history. The quake triggered a tsunami and led to the nuclear accident in Fukushima. In cooperation with the Swiss Red Cross and with support from Swiss Solidarity, Caritas Switzerland rebuilt ...

Europe: Poverty and Inequality on the Rise

Europe: Poverty and Inequality on the Rise

A new Report by Caritas Europa shows that the economic crisis and the austerity measures in Europe are causing an alarming rise in poverty and social inequality. Countries most affected are Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Spain.

One year after Typhoon Haiyan

One year after Typhoon Haiyan

A year ago, on 8 November, typhoon Haiyan devastated large parts of the Philippines. Thousands of people died, millions were left homeless. Caritas provided extensive emergency aid and is now actively involved in reconstruction.

Severe floods in India and Pakistan

Severe floods in India and Pakistan

The flooding in India and Pakistan after the heavy rainfall of recent weeks is taking on ever greater proportions. Already more than three million people have been directly affected by the floods. Several hundred people have lost their lives. Caritas is providing emergency relief on the ground.

Caritas Switzerland helps in northern Iraq

Caritas Switzerland helps in northern Iraq

Since the outbreak of the ISIS conflict in Iraq, hundreds of thousands of people have fled, mostly to the northern regions around Mosul. Caritas has been active in this region for many years, recently focusing especially on refugee children from Syria and internally displaced persons. Caritas is ...

Help for traumatised children in Gaza

Help for traumatised children in Gaza

30.07.2014 – The conflict in the Gaza Strip is claiming ever more victims, among them many children. To help alleviate the distress, Caritas is supporting a project for the psychosocial care of traumatised children and enables medical care for injured people in Gaza.

Explosive new World Climate Report

Explosive new World Climate Report

According to the new report released by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the impacts of global warming will be more severe than previously assumed. They will lead to rising food prices, violent conflicts, famines and migration, above all in the poorest countries. 

New debt prevention app

New debt prevention app

With the new app ‘Caritas My Money’, Caritas offers a better way to prevent and manage debts. App users can track their spending and plan their budget in a simple way. The free offer is intended above all for adolescents and young adults who are particularly vulnerable ...

Emergency relief in South Sudan

Emergency relief in South Sudan

Caritas has allocated emergency assistance of one million Swiss francs. This will be used in the coming months to support around 20,000 South Sudanese refugees who have fled from the fighting between government troops and rebels. The displaced people will be supplied with clean drinking water and ...

Devastating typhoon in the Philippines

Devastating typhoon in the Philippines

On 8 November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan claimed thousands of lives in the Philippines and caused widespread devastation. Caritas Switzerland, working with partner organisations, is providing emergency aid and has set aside CHF 2 million for this purpose.

Bali: Biodiesel from frying oil

Bali: Biodiesel from frying oil

Caritas Switzerland has been involved in climate-compatible development work for many years. One example is the recycling of used cooking oil from tourist hotels and restaurants on Bali in Indonesia.

Myanmar: 5 years after Cyclone Nargis

Myanmar: 5 years after Cyclone Nargis

Five years ago, Cyclone Nargis claimed nearly 140,000 lives in Myanmar. Around 2.4 million people were directly affected by the disaster, and almost the entire infrastructure was destroyed. Caritas Switzerland provided extensive emergency and reconstruction assistance.

2012: More projects and programmes implemented

2012: More projects and programmes implemented

In the past year, Caritas Switzerland implemented programmes and projects amounting to CHF 90.7 million. At the same time, it recorded a satisfactory result of CHF 26 million in direct donations. Swiss Solidarity and the Federal government’s Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) also supported the ...

‘Corporate Justice’ petition rejected

‘Corporate Justice’ petition rejected

In October 2012, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Swiss National Council debated the petition on ‘Corporate Justice’, which is supported by Caritas. The Committee rejected the petition, but at the same time agreed to submit a committee postulate. This asks the Federal Council to produce a ...

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