More than 11 million people from Syria have been forced to flee their homes, approximately half of them children. Since 2012, Caritas Switzerland has provided emergency relief and long-term support totalling 18 million Swiss francs in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and northern Iraq.
Caritas Switzerland is committed to helping people in Switzerland who are affected by poverty and are socially disadvantaged.
Caritas Market People with a very low income can buy food items and toiletries at greatly reduced prices in the Caritas Market. Thanks to these savings, they have greater financial flexibility. More (in German)
Culture Pass In Switzerland, around 530,000 people are affected by poverty. Although the state protects them against absolute poverty, financial difficulties often carry with them a social stigma, which can then lead to social isolation, With the Caritas Culture Pass, people affected by poverty can participate in social life. More (in German)
Poverty Every eleventh person in Switzerland is classified as poor. Caritas offers support to people affected by poverty and is also concerned with the causes of poverty. More (in German)
Debt counselling Excessive debt often has fatal consequences. People with financial problems suffer more frequently from health problems, they struggle with tensions in the family, may lose their job and end up on social welfare. Caritas offers information and debt counselling through different channels: via its own Website, free and anonymous telephone and online advice, as well as personal advice sessions. More (in English)
Asylum seekers and refugees Caritas looks after asylum seekers, temporarily admitted persons and recognised refugees. It provides accommodation and offers courses, advice and help with repatriation. More (in German)
Integration and equal opportunities Caritas considers equal opportunities and participation as central concerns. The focal points are young people, mutual understanding, health and the prevention of female circumcision. More (in German)
The final phase of life Caritas looks after older people in their home. Volunteers support seriously ill and dying people at home, in hospital or in a nursing home. In addition, Caritas offers further training for care homes and making Living Wills. More (in German)
Mountain action Caritas‘ support for mountain farmers builds bridges between the mountains and the valleys. The organisation places children and young people in difficult situations with Swiss mountain farming families. Where mountain farmers are themselves in need, Caritas arranges volunteer help. More (in German)
Disaster relief Thunderstorms and natural disasters in Switzerland cause a lot of upheaval and the loss of precious, irreplaceable items for the people affected, as well as unexpected financial burdens in many instances. In hardship cases, Caritas Switzerland provides help, in cooperation with Swiss Solidarity. More (in German)