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Individuals and communities must be allowed to participate in the decisions that affect their lives. For us this means making sure the voice of the poorest is heard on the world stage. It also means putting the people we serve at the centre of how we structure our programmes. We have a duty to take part in society to promote a better world. Double tap if you agree! Photo by CAFOD #participation #outreach #givevoice #voice #betterworld #inclusion #catholic #teaching #dailyinspiration #ShareJourney #caritasyouth

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On this Good Friday, may the Cross of Christ, a means of death but also of new life, enlighten all of us. Photo by Matthieu Alexandre/Caritas #goodfriday #holyfriday #HolyWeek #Catholic #inspiration #reflection #Easter #Cross #passion

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Peace is about positive action, not just the absence of war. It can only come about in conditions of justice and solidarity. The human person cannot flourish without peace. How do you say 'Peace' in your language? Comment below! Photo by Sam Phelps for CRS #reflection #dailyinspiration #peace #Catholic #HolyWeek #coexist #justice #solidarity #Easter

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Ensuring that nature is respected and managed sustainably for future generations is part of our Christian vocation. Pope Francis in his letter, Laudato Sí, challenges all of us to consider how our actions are affecting the earth and the poor. Tag your friends whom you'd share this care for creation reflection with! Photo by Katie Orlinsky/Caritas #reflection #dailyinspiration #children #mongolia #earth #OurPlanetOurHome #Climate #Catholic #HolyWeek

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People are more important than assets, and employment is more important than capital. The economy, including the market, should serve the people and not the contrary. It should be oriented towards a fair distribution of resources, and not exploit the poor. Do you agree? Comment below 👇🏽 Photo by Laura Sheahen/Caritas #swipeleft  #CatholicSocialTeaching #Catholic #CatholicChurch #Easter #Teaching #poverty #instadaily #dailyreflection

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The good of each human person is intimately related to the good of the whole community. When one is hurt, all are in pain. This is the principle of common good. Our communities must allow everyone to participate in society and share in the goods of creation.This means all of society working together and leaving no-one behind, especially the poorest and most vulnerable. Double tap if you agree. Photo by Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand #swipeleft #ShareJourney #CommonGood #CatholicSocialTeaching #Catholic #Easter #Teaching #community #instadaily

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We are all responsible for each other. It is a simple calculation: the world becomes a better place to live if we build a community where everyone can reach their full potential, through respect for each other’s dignity, rights and responsibilities. As St John Paul II wrote, “We are all one family in the world.” Photo by Isabel Corthier/Caritas Belgium #swipeleft #Catholic #Teaching #Solidarity #Easter #children #dailyinspiration #instadaily #reflection

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Human life is sacred. We are called to treat every person and every creature with loving respect, seeing them as both a reflection of God and a mirror of ourselves. Share with us below how this teaching inspires you. Photo by Lauren DeCicca/Caritas #swipeleft #catholic #hollistic #human#church #teaching #development#lent #easter

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The Church teaches us that human development must be holistic and cannot be restricted to economic growth alone. To be authentic, it must cover all aspects of life: spiritual, cultural, moral, physical and mental. It cannot take place at the cost of the earth, but must allow the human person to flourish in harmony with creation. Double tap if you agree! Photo by Isabel Corthier/Caritas Belgium #swipeleft #catholic #hollistic #human #church #teaching #development #lent #easter

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Caritas distributed emergency food aid in Tica, Mozambique to 130 households. Each received 25kg rice, 7kg beans, 3 kg sugar, 1 kg salt, 2 litres oil and soap. Please donate (link on bio) to our appeal so we can continue our relief effort. #Mozambique #relief #emergency #idai #emergencyresponse Photos by David O'Hare & Joost Bastmeijer/Caritas

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1.8 million children became newly infected with HIV (UNAIDS, 2017). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Majority of children with HIV/AIDS grow up in Sub-Saharan Africa with no access to diagnostics and antiretroviral therapy.  Caritas in Congo and Nigeria work with religious leaders in community level to link affected communities and health facilities. Early diagnosis is crucial to successful treatment of HIV in children. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Take our quiz to learn more about pediatric HIV/AIDS. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Caritas organisations are engaged in the delivery of health care to those who are poor, marginalized, migrants, or otherwise deprived of access to such vital care. #HealthForAll - everyone, everywhere. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #worldhealthday #hiv #children #aids ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo by @michelleinrome / Caritas

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Ahmed hopes that one day he will be able to play football again. Ahmed Abu Jamous, 13, lives in Al-Shaboura refugee camp, in Rafah, Southern Gaza Strip. He was wounded in his left leg during protests in July 2018. “A neighbour, who got a similar injury, told me that there’s an excellent free medical treatment provided by Caritas at Al-Shaboura refugee camp.” Out of the over 14,000 people recovered by Gazan emergency rooms, more than 44% had been injured by gunshots or other live ammunition.  Caritas Jerusalem provides a wide range of medical and psychosocial services in Gaza for local communities and refugees. How can you help? Donation link on bio. #Gaza #Health #Peace #Children #PrayForGaza #War #Caritas #GazaStrip #help Photo by @asmaaelkhaldi

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Most of the children of Aleppo have lost years of study. Two million children in Syria are out of school. Caritas Syria provides extra classes in English, Maths and Arabic to help bring students up to speed. For hundreds of affected children, there is psychosocial support that helps them develop social skills, including hand washing, being respectful to each other and expressing feelings. Tag a friend and help us raise awareness of this humanitarian need in Syria. 📸 Alexandra Wey/Caritas Switzerland #children #education #childreneducation #syria #aleppo #foreverychild

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What does peace mean to you? St. Oscar Romero was the Archbishop of San Salvador from 1977 until he was assassinated in 1980. During his three years as archbishop, St. Romero repeatedly denounced violence and spoke out on behalf of the victims of the civil war. In a time of heavy press censorship, his weekly radio broadcasts were often the only way people could find out the truth about the atrocities that were happening in their country. He defended the right of the poor to demand political change, a stance which made him a troublesome adversary for the country’s rulers. He was shot dead on 24 March 1980, aged 62, while celebrating Mass. In the ensuing decade, some 70,000 Salvadorans were killed in the civil war. #saint #oscarromero #feastday #lent #peace #justice #caritas #love

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"They have lost everything. Those who were poor are getting poorer. Most urgent need is water, food, kitchen set, hygiene kits and construction material" - Antonio Anosso, Caritas Mozambique in Beira How can you help? Donation link on bio. #cycloneidai #emergencyresponse #humanitarian #idai #cyclone #naturaldisaster #Mozambique #Zimbabwe #Malawi 📸 Joost Bastmeijer/Caritas

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How many primary schools around the world have no access to drinking water? 1.One in four 💧 2.One in ten💧 3.One in twenty💧 Write your answer below 👇🏽 📸 @ismailferdous/CRS #worldwaterday #waterday #worldwater #waterscarcity #cleanwaterforall #safewater#internationalwaterday #wash

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All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights! Reach out and share a meal with migrants or someone from different background. Sharing stories over meals breaks down fears, promotes greater empathy on both sides, fights racism and xenophobia. Share your story how you celebrate diversity 👇🏽 #FightRacism #OneHumanFamily #ShareJourney 📸 @isabelcorthier/Caritas

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Double tap if you're happy and you know it. Tag your friends and share some joy this #internationaldayofhappiness. Children playing outside the child friendly space in Cox's Bazar refugee camp. 📸 Ismail Ferdous/CRS

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Our hearts and prayers go out to our Muslim brothers and sisters in #NewZealand. We stand in solidarity with you in the face of such violence. 📸 Sam Phelps/CRS

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Children play as a storm brews over the largest refugee camp in the world, Bidibidi in northern Uganda. Even though Bidibidi refugee camp has now become home to over 285,000 people, refugees from South Sudan are still arriving at Uganda’s border, mostly on foot, tired and hungry, carrying children and a few household goods. Near Bidi Bidi is another camp, Palorinya, which is Uganda’s second largest refugee camp with 165,000 refugees. At this camp rations are inadequate to meet household needs, leaving refugees, particularly children and the elderly, facing malnutrition. Caritas has launched an emergency appeal for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda to improve the lives of people in the Palorinya camp in the same way that we helped in Bidi Bidi. #Caritas #Hope #Children #HopeForChildren #SouthSudan #Uganda #BidiBidi #bidibidirefugeesettlement #ProtectChildren #SDGs #Africa Photo by @tommy.trenchard for Caritas

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On World Day of Social Justice, do you know that almost 20% of the Amazon rainforest has been cut down in the last 50 years. Large-scale infrastructure developments have displaced or annihilated indigenous communities, damaging their ecosystem, their economies and their ancient cultures. They are rarely consulted, and have little power in negotiations. We ensure that their voice is to be heard on the world stage. If you want peace & development, work for #socialJustice! #amazon #rainforest #socialjusticeday

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The Venezuela crisis is affecting millions of people. Galloping inflation has created an economic free fall that has decimated spending power, employment, and future opportunities. Economic migration is on its way to surpassing the Syrian refugee crisis. The Caritas Venezuela bulletin warns that 90% of households have a poor diet. Data at the end of December 2018 show the normalisation of poverty in the daily lives of the most vulnerable. Janeth Márquez, director of Caritas Venezuela, said that “we are exporting migrants with acute malnutrition and we are exporting pregnant mothers with acute malnutrition, who are going to have children with acute malnutrition”, in view of the diminished health conditions with which the most of 3 million Venezuelan migrants to Colombia, Brazil, Peru and Ecuador. Caritas Venezuela nutritional adviser is Susana Raffalli. She says an improvement in the condition of acute malnutrition in October is welcome. However she says damage caused by chronic malnutrition will be irreversible for thousands of children. Their physical capacities and intellectuals will be limited she says. Caritas medics have attended 18,890 children; 12,000 children have come under nutritional care of Caritas; 54 percent have recovered. #SOSVenezuela #Migrants #ShareJourney #Malnutrition #Venezuela Photo by Caritas Venezuela

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Young Caritas wore life vests as they crossed Lake Alajuela to visit a farming project by Caritas Panama. The project offers eco-tourism to international visitors. By providing training, simple toilets and even outboard motors, local farmers can support their communities and protect environmental and cultural heritage. International young Caritas volunteers from more than a dozen countries assembled for a week of solidarity and prayer ahead of World Youth Day. After a couple of days of introduction, information and skills exchange the young people got out on the road to visit projects led by Caritas Panama #worldyouthday #wyd2019 #jmjpanama2019 #caritasyouth

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Nining was about to start a work shift at a water spinach farm on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island when a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit. The 25-year-old had picked up some fertiliser and was approaching a field when the effects of the quake erupted around her. “The house by the field collapsed,” Nining said. “The earth shook very hard. I couldn’t stand up straight.” Her thoughts turned immediately to her children and she raced home fearing what she might find.“I left my scooter on the side of the road and ran home immediately,” recalled Nining. “It was too dangerous to ride a scooter.” The 28 September earthquake devastated her area with rivers of soil. The quake also generated a tsunami that killed at least 2,096 people and seriously injured over 10,000. Across affected parts of Sulawesi shops, homes, mosques and hotels collapsed and were swept away or suffered extensive damage. At least 67,000 houses were damaged or destroyed. Nining was among the luckier ones. She discovered that, though the ground near her house had cracked open and mud overwhelmed her yard, her husband Yulius, 30, and her mother-in-law had taken their two daughters Tiwi, 7, and Tiara, 3 (photographed with Nining) to higher ground.  Their home was more or less intact. Caritas has procured essential food, drinking water and household items for 6,000 families, as well as 9,900 tarpaulins, bedding and distributions are ongoing. It has handed out 2,000 household-and-hygiene kits to affected families. Caritas hopes to assist 4,500 families (18,000 individuals) in the next 8 months through the direct distribution of supplies or through cash assistance allowing people the flexibility to purchase items of greatest need for their families. Caritas is also providing support for improvement of communities resilience and psycho-social support. Vulnerable individuals in seven communities, including displaced children in camps and schools, will access psychosocial support services or activities. #tsunami #earthquake #caritas #tsunamiindonnesia #indonesia #sulawesi #palu #aid 📸 by Theresia Kinanti Dewi/CRS

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An uplifting story from Uganda: Malis Justin arrived in Bidi Bidi in October 2016. At that time the camp was 100 square miles of dust, rocks and trees. Within weeks of South Sudanese refugees arriving, Caritas teams in Bidi Bidi had distributed 10,000 hand tools for farming and 10,000 tonnes of vegetable seeds, reaching 3,600 refugee households (around 12,600 people). Shortly after Malis arrived in Bidi Bidi Caritas gave him okra seeds and tools. With the money he made from selling his first crop of okra, Malis was able to buy new sandals for his children, along with some fish to add protein to their diet. #Uganda #Caritas #love #refugee #okra #food #nutrition #enterprise #aidworks #southsudan #sharejourney

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This is Senowara. 17 months ago she fled from violence in Myanmar. But hers is a story of hope. When Senowara left her home, her labour pains had already started. After five days walking through the forest, she could hold on no longer. Her child was born by the roadside, beneath a tarpaulin, just an hour and a half after she crossed into Bangladesh. In the Rohingya refugee camp today baby Korban is growing well. His three siblings enjoy playing in the Child-Friendly Spaces created at the camp. “We are safe now,” says Senowara. During 2018 Caritas Bangladesh has provided huge amounts of help to refugees. This includes giving out food and shelter, digging wells, building hundreds of latrines and bathing areas, planting trees and strengthening shelters. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported Caritas during 2018.

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How do we react when we meet someone for the first time? Do we label them? Do we judge them as a “winner” or a “loser” in life? On the third Sunday of Advent, consider these words from our President Cardinal Tagle's Advent message. He invites us to think how we can use this special period as a time to open our eyes and reach out to others. #Advent #sharejourney #love #reachout #thirdsundayofadvent #cardinaltagle #caritas #reflection #prayer

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On #WorldDisabilityDay here is a short story about how Caritas has helped Jean, a disabled refugee from Burundi. When John arrived in Rwanda's Mahama refugee camp he was suffering from malnutrition. Caritas Rwanda helped Jean to get healthy again and they gave him new clothes and shoes. They also adapted a home so he could live there with his disability. Jean says, "I want to thank Caritas for their support. I would like to put a flower on them. Caritas changed my life. It has made us feel comfortable." Photo: Alan Whelan/Trócaire. #disability #disabilitysupport #caritas #love #help #aid #burundi #rwanda #refugee #sharejourney

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Today is the first Sunday of #Advent. Click on the link in our bio to read the full message written by our President, Cardinal Tagle, especially for you. The Cardinal says: "Let us just take a moment this Advent to reflect on how many times we see news images of pregnant migrant women crossing deserts or getting off unsafe boats, with no home to go to. Can we imagine ourselves being on their journey or on Joseph and Mary’s migrant journey to Bethlehem? The town was not equipped to welcome or accommodate them. It could not offer the care a pregnant woman needed. The Holy Family was one family too many for this small place." #advent #christmas #firstsundayofadvent #cardinaltagle #caritas #holyfamily #sharejourney #maryandjoseph #refugee #migrant #adventreflection

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Today is International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Sister Bridget Tighe, General Director of Caritas Jerusalem, has written a letter to the Caritas family. She says: "Another year has passed. Occupation, expanding settlements, house demolitions, detention and imprisonment of minors, the daily struggle of farmers to reach their land to cultivate and care for it, and the ever-present checkpoints deep within the West Bank continue... "On a massive scale the abnormal ash become the norm. Children in the West Bank are growing up believing that on the way to school it is normal to pass through checkpoints overseen by young soldiers with guns.. In Gaza children over the age of 12 have lived through hour major wars..." "In Caritas Jerusalem we pray for justice and peace for all who live in this Holy Land and we provide humanitarian aid to the most needy of our suffering brothers and sisters. On this International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People please join us in prayer for renewed hope in the mercy and goodness of God, and for the Palestinian and Israeli people" #Palestine #Israel #HolyLand #Palestineday #Palestinesolidarityday #Caritas #peace #war #Gaza #WestBank #Prayer #PrayforPalestine

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We love hearing how creative you are getting with your Share the Journey Global Solidarity Walks. Recently, Caritas Iraq organised a Share the Journey 10km run in the town of Zakho! There were over 450 participant including men and women of all ages and from many nationalities, including Kurds and Arabs, and many backgrounds - Muslims, Yazidis, and Christians. As well as a race they had speeches, folk dancing and children’s activities. After the medal ceremony Caritas Youth members sang songs to show the multi-cultural background of Zakho. A Caritas Iraq representative said “the activity achieved its objective of promoting encounter between participants, spreading the spirit of fraternity, tolerance and love among people in Zakho.” If you’re feeling inspired by Caritas Iraq’s event, head to http://journey.caritas.org/walk where you can find information to help you organise your own event. #sharejourney #iraq #zakho #love #solidarity #globalfamily #refugee #multicultural #race #winner #10km

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On #universalchildrensday enjoy this moment of tenderness between a brother and sister in Syria and read their story... Mohamed (8) and Shahd (7) live with their mum, dad and little brother in a tiny elevator engine room in an apartment in Damascus. Before that they were sleeping in a public garden - they had to leave their home in Ghouta because of the civil war. The engine room is tiny but mum Maram says that, compared to living in the garden, “I feel that this room is like a palace". Now the family are under threat of eviction. With winter setting in and temperatures plummeting Maram is worried they'll end up back in the garden. Caritas Syria and their interfaith partner @hifzalnema are helping families like Maram's by giving out food baskets, fresh vegetables and diapers. They also give vouchers which families can use in local supermarkets. The vouchers give people a choice and dignity. “When I received Caritas call yesterday, I felt so happy. My children started to jump as if we won the lotto,” Maram said. “They insisted to go with me to the supermarket when I want to use the voucher. They were so excited that they would be able to choose some candies and biscuits.” #syria #syriacivilwar #brotherandsister #love #children #play #shelter #interfaith #aid

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On #WorldToiletDay read about the amazing work being done by Caritas Bangladesh staff and volunteers in Cox's Bazaar refugee camps. Before the monsoon rains this year volunteers like Rebeya went to talk with female refugees. She gained their trust which meant that Caritas Bangladesh were able to plan for latrines to be built in places which women and girls would feel safe using them. Before any latrines were built families had no choice but to defecate on the hillsides. When it rained the sludge moved down the hillside, causing a health hazard. On her first time visiting one of the camps, Rebeya says she felt overwhelmed by what she saw. “I was a little bit scared. It was the first time I have ever visited a refugee camp. There were so many people and when I saw their houses, I was shocked, just bamboo and plastic [tarpaulin], and my first thought was, how are they surviving like this, in these conditions?" “I came to understand that my role was in fact vital, good hygiene in these difficult conditions, can prevent illness, and saves lives.” #toilet #sanitation #health #refugee #refugeecamp #bangladesh #volunteer #caritas #help #women #19November #latrine

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Today is #WorldDayofthePoor. On this day Pope Francis calls us to hear the cry of the poor and to recognise their needs. Around the world there are 160 Caritas organizations working with poor, vulnerable and excluded people every day. People like Okongo Charles, a refugee from South Sudan. He walked to Uganda in the only pair of shoes he owns. The only other things he owns are two cooking pots and a leaking tent. Caritas has helped Okongo Charles and thousands of refugees in Uganda to get good shelter, to grow crops and to get vocational training. Many people like Okongo Charles have left their homes with nothing – refugees from Myanmar and Syria, and people whose homes have been destroyed by the tsunami in Indonesia. In these places, and many more, Caritas is working at the grassroots, alleviating the suffering and fulfilling needs, providing means and hope to face the future. #PopeFrancis #uganda #southsudan #refugee #caritas #hope #poor #poverty #psalms

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Jackie Sitima is a 24-year-old refugee from South Sudan. She's living in Bidi Bidi camp in Uganda. Jackie attended tailoring workshops and became part of a group of four women who wanted to start a business. Given a sewing machine and a loan, they opened a shop selling handmade clothes. Jackie plans to diversify into making reusable sanitary pads. “When I do go back to South Sudan I will bring with me the skills I have learned to build a better life,” she says.

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The Amazon rainforest produces one third of all rainfall on our planet and a fifth of our oxygen. We drink and breathe the Amazon. But almost 20 per cent of the forest has been cut down in the last 50 years. The Amazon area is also home to three million indigenous people and 31 million other inhabitants whose rights and economies are under threat. Pope Francis says “We have to break with the historical paradigm that views Amazonia as an inexhaustible source of supplies for other countries without concern for its inhabitants”. Caritas works with Red Eclesial PanAmazónica to bring to the world’s attention the fragile situation of indigenous people in the Amazon and the critical importance of the Amazon biome to the planet – our common home. #Repam #Caritas #Amazon #indigenous #rainforest #climate change #ourcommonhome

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Martin Waru lives with his wife and nine children in a rocky part of Bidi Bidi that is difficult to farm. “As well as receiving tools and seeds, I went to a Caritas-supported Farmers’ Field School, where I learned agricultural technology,” he said. “I learned how to maximise the land that I have. I learned about the different crops, about irrigation and about raising livestock.” Martin also set up a savings group with the support of Caritas and now he and his friends have invested in goats and chickens. “With all the profits from my garden and from our group, I’ve been able to buy three mattresses, four goats that have reproduced to make nine, set up a carpentry workshop and bought a motorbike,” he says. Caritas Uganda wants to provide training to more young people in Bidi Bidi and Palorinya refugee camps. With your donations we can help! #Uganda #SouthSudan #refugees #Caritas #refugeecamp #BidiBidi #goats #farming #agriculture #aid

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Umi Sumbajono grabbed her two grandchildren and ran when a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia’s Sulawesi island on September 28. “I panicked and prayed,” Umi said. “We saw the land, the ground, splitting and cracking, with mud and water coming out of the ground.” Her home is now totally destroyed. She and her family are now living in a tent, surviving with the help of emergency supplies from Caritas. They've received a "household-and-hygiene kit" which includes things like a bucket and a can for transporting clean water from the water tank to her tent. Umi says “We are thankful for so many kind people helping and caring for us. Some people have helped us build water tanks and provided clean water. It's very important to us. My granddaughter also received baby food and kits. Thank you for helping us." Caritas Indonesia will be helping 10,000 families with accommodation, water and food over the next few months. Photo by Maria Josephine Wijiastuti/Catholic Relief Services

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These shoes belong to Okongo Charles. He wore them to walk from South Sudan to Palorinya refugee camp in Uganda. The only other things he owns are two cooking pots and a leaking tent. Caritas wants to help Okongo Charles and other refugees in the camp. We have already helped thousands of refugees in neighbouring Bidi Bidi camp to get good shelter, to grow crops and to get vocational training. Please donate today so that we can help people like Okongo Charles. Photo by Tommy Trenchard. #sharejourney #refugee #uganda #southsudan #bidibidi #palorinya #shoes #walk #donate #helprefugees #caritas #love #photography

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Today is #AllSoulsDay, the commemoration of the Faithful Departed. At Caritas Internationalis we have a Book of Remembrance in our chapel at the Vatican. If you would like prayers offered for your loved one who has passed away, we can add their name to our Book of Remembrance. Once a year a special Memorial Mass will be celebrated by Msgr. Pierre Cibambo Ntakobajira who is appointed by the Holy See as the Ecclesiastical Assistant at Caritas Internationalis. All names added to our Book of Remembrance will be read out during the Mass. #AllSoulsDay #November #Remembrance #Monthofremembrance #Catholic #Church #BookofRemembrance #Vatican #Caritas #Love #memories

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The Caritas Global Solidarity Walks are a chance to meet migrants and refugees and to show them that they are welcome. On 21 October we organised a Global Solidarity Walk in Rome. Along the short pilgrimage from Santa Maria della Luce in Trastevere to St Peter's Square Patrick from the UK met Beauty from Nigeria for the first time. Here's what he learned from walking and talking with her... Beauty fled persecution in Nigeria. She spent months held prisoner by people smugglers and then working for nothing for a woman. She has seen people being killed and other terrible abuses. Beauty landed in Italy but was saved from traffickers by a meeting with Caritas. She is now living in a Caritas shelter and is learning to be a cook. Her best dish is riso insalata. If Beauty had to choose between a plate of Italian food or Nigerian food she would now pick... Italian! 🍽 She proudly showed Patrick a photo of her Italian cooking. Patrick asked Beauty why she was walking. She said, "A walk like this can hopefully change minds. We can't change how everyone thinks but we can change some and go far. My own experience as a migrant shows me this - when you talk to people you can become friends." Patrick and Beauty reached St Peter's Square having learned a lot about each other's lives and cultures. They stood with Cardinal Tagle and other pilgrims as Pope Francis prayed the Angelus and then welcomed the group from Caritas to the square. #ShareJourney #nigeria #encounters #migrants #refugees #rome #stpeterssquare #popefrancis #love #solidarity #Italianfood #risoinsalata #cultures #stories

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Bidi Bidi is Uganda’s largest refugee camp. It is home to over 285,000 people. But it wasn’t always like this. Romana Candia, a Caritas worker, says that at first the UNHCR struggled to deal with the crisis because there was poor sanitation, no shelter, no crops or roads and a huge demand for water. “It was a terrible sight to see families sleeping in small tents and small grass huts that you couldn’t even stand up in, she said. “Caritas had nothing to start with, not even a building to work from.” The impact of humanitarian aid in Bidi Bidi is now visible in the neat houses, green gardens and bustle on the streets. The local economy has boomed too for the Ugandans. “I’m happy to see the progress we have made in Bidi Bidi,” said Romana. “The shelters are good. People are dignified. Crops and food are growing around. We call the refugees by their names and they call us by our names.” #uganda #bidibidi #southsudan #refugee #refugeecamp #whatadifferenceayearmakes #caritas #howwehelp #home

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On World Food Day let us remember that the fight against hunger is inseparable from the fight against climate change. We call on all governments to adopt ambitious measures to combat climate change, but today is also a chance to look at how the same populations that are most affected by climate change are now providing solutions. In Latin America indigenous peoples are tackling climate change by fighting for their right to land and protecting their habitats, especially tropical forests. Farmers around the world also have the opportunity to combat climate change by, for example, avoiding pesticides. #WorldFoodDay #hunger #climatechange #farming #Amazon #indigenouspeople #LatinAmerica

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Yesterday thousands of people came to St Peter's Square in Rome to witness the canonisation of seven new saints, including Caritas founder Pope Paul VI and our Patron Oscar Romero. Caritas staff and friends were among the crowds celebrating the life and work of these two hugely influential figures. Photo by Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk

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Alana John, needs urgent help. Alana has lived in a tiny, leaking tent for over a year, since he fled fighting in Pajok, South Sudan. A successful farmer in his previous life, Alana finds life here in Palorinya refugee camp extremely difficult. His shoulder is dislocated and he lacks the energy to repair his broken-down tent. At present, other refugees help him obtain food. Caritas wants to help people like Alana living in Palorinya to get better shelter and to start growing crops, like we have done in neighbouring Bidi Bidi refugee camp. #SouthSudan #refugee #Palorinya #BidiBidi #Uganda #shelter #aid #caritas #catholic #refugeelife #helprefugees #sharejourney

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This Sunday let us pray for the people of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Over 1,500 have died and most people in the city of Palu have lost their homes because of the earthquake and tsunami which hit Sulawesi island last week. #PrayforPalu #PrayforSualwesi #PrayforIndonesia #Sundayprayer #Indonesia #earthquake #Palutsunami #Catholic #Caritas

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Pope Francis says "Draw near to refugees and meet with them, to value their contribution so that they can be assimilated into society." How can we all draw near to refugees and show them that they are welcome in our daily lives? One way you can respond to Pope Francis' call is to organise a Global Solidarity Walk from 21 October and invite migrants and refugees to walk with you. Info at http://journey.caritas.org/walk/ #sharejourney #PopeFrancis #refugees #migrants #welcomethestranger #globalsolidaritywalk #caritas #catholic #community

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Yolanda, 40, a resident of Bantaway, San Vicente, Ilocos Sur, was living with her family in a makeshift shelter before Typhoon Mangkhut. “We have just rearranged our house after Typhoon Mangkhut totally levelled it. ‘Rearrange’ because we don’t really have anything to build one,” she said. Speaking while Caritas workers made an assessment of the area’s aid requirements after the storm, Yolanda pointed to her new makeshift house and said: “This is all made from scraps, just like the old house we had.” Yolanda, her husband and four children lived in their former house for four years before the typhoon. “We are one of the informal settlers in our barangay (neighbourhood),” she said. “The adjoining lot is for sale, but we do not have money to buy the land. So we make do with what we have.” Caritas will be supporting families like Yolanda's in the aftermath of the typhoon. #TyphoonMangkhut #Mangkhut #Ompong #Philippines #Caritas #house #home #storm

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Jessie is a construction worker from Baguio City in the Philippines. He says: “This is not what I do. I build houses. I don’t pull them down.” Jessie's home was destroyed by super typhoon Mangkhut, which tore through the Philippines earlier this month. Over 1.5 million people were affected. Now he cannot help but stare at the wreckage of his house. He says: “It felt really bad that I need to clear debris from the remains of our house." The Caritas network was in the Philippines before and during the typhoon, and now it is working to help people like Jessie who had their lives turned upside down by the storm.

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Meet Dr. Luisa Carlotta Castillo. She’s volunteering tirelessly with Caritas to stop malnutrition in Venezuela. In each child she sees at her clinic, volunteer Dr. Luisa Carlotta Castillo sees the reflection of her 15 nieces, nephews, and grand-nephews, many of whom now form part of the Venezuelan diaspora. She measures the height, weight, and arm circumferences of children and babies who are brought to see her. Many will be suffering from under-nutrition. But Dr. Castillo is pleased to be able to help parents and carers tackle this problem by providing them with sachets of strawberry-flavoured nutrition powder . She says, “We’re helping to put the brakes on and even reversing under-nutrition. If we can improve the outlook for these children who otherwise might face cognitive impairment that can affect their ability to earn their daily bread in the future, we can reverse the long-term impact of the hunger we’re facing.” Dr. Castillo coos over the babies and congratulates the mothers saying, “Even a 500-gram weight gain in a short period of time is significant.” #venezuela #venezuelacrisis #childnutrition #malnutrition #health #volunteer #caritas #caritasvolunteers #aid #volunteerlife #caritas #catholic