Humanitarian aid

Saving lives and alleviating the suffering of people in need

Humanitarian needs are increasing worldwide. Countless people find themselves in fragile situations. The climate crisis and wars create and exacerbate emergency situations. Our projects provide survival aid for people in acute crises and disasters. We provide everyday necessities as well as financial aid and invest in the reconstruction of temporary and permanent accommodation and public infrastructure. 

Current help 

Selected projects Engagement for Humanitarian Aid 

Help in an emergency 

Supporting people in humanitarian crisis situations 

In humanitarian crises, lives are at stake and suffering must be alleviated. People’s self-determination is also made possible and promoted when receiving aid in an emergency situation. 

Emergency aid is linked with long-term development projects. In this way, we make a vital contribution to ensure that the situation of extremely poor and disadvantaged people is improved. 

News and stories Contributions in focus

Help abroad where it is most needed.
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How your donation helps Figures from 2021

55

projects

through which Caritas provided humanitarian aid

4

continents

Caritas supports humanitarian aid projects on 4 continents

98218

people

could meet their basic needs in an emergency situation 

41912

people

benefitted from reconstructed houses and infrastructure

Header image: The small farmer Ensane from Ethiopia looks straight into the camera. The field behind her has dried up in the severe drought. © Ayaana Publishing PLC/Caritas Schweiz