What we do
Haiti: Caritas food distribution arrives at an encampment of earthquake victims near the Cathedral.
In Liberia, CAFOD Partner Don Bosco Homes is helping people train as caterers so they can make a living.
Helping people make a living:
Nobody wants to live on handouts. So we fund work to ensure women and men in developing countries can make a decent living, access markets, and meet their families’ needs long term. In particular we’re:
- increasing access to clean water, education and healthcare.
- ensuring the private sector adopts fair working practices and conditions.
- helping partners to set up effective programmes and services in their communities.
- lobbying the UK government and EU to implement policies which help developing countries.
Disaster and emergency response:
We fund work with vulnerable communities before, during and after emergencies happen to:
- ensure they have the resources to survive, minimise and recover from emergencies and environmental threats.
- work for peace and security, reducing the risk of violence, forced displacement or armed conflict.
- lobby the UK and EU governments to prevent, respond and resolve conflicts and emergencies.
Campaigning and advocacy:
We challenge those with power to adopt policies that promote justice and end poverty by:
- lobbying, petitioning, marching, and being vocal at key events.
- working individually and through networks to create a powerful voice for change and justice.
To do this we raise funds and encourage action from the Catholic community and beyond, and we’re sustained by their prayer and commitment.
Education in the UK:
We work with the Catholic Church of England and Wales to raise awareness and inspire commitment to end injustice and poverty in developing countries. We focus on:
- encouraging Catholics to give, take action and pray, both individually and communally.
- linking Catholics in England and Wales with communities in developing countries, based on dignity and equality.
- empowering and educating young Catholics to respond to the call for global justice.