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Previous challenges

Caritas would like to say a huge thank you to all who participated in the 2016 Caritas Challenge, it was a great event and we raised more than $70,000 for our programme in Cambodia Over 9,000 people took on the Challenge.

How your participation in 2016 helped people in Cambodia

Caritas was enabled to continue working with our Cambodian partner, Development and Partnership in Action (DPA), to provide help and support to some of the poorest and most marginalised people in Cambodia - particularly indigenous people who are subsistence farmers. Farmers have been helped to form cooperatives, been given equipment and ongoing training in order to help feed their families and generate an income. 

All funds raised in 2016 went towards:

  • 6 hand tractors for ploughing fields
  • 5 warehouses for food storage
  • 5 new rice milling machines and milling houses
  • 9 emergency seed supply houses
  • Water pumps and drip irrigation systems
  • Thousands of resilient seeds for new crops
  • 1 motorbike for a community facilitator
  • Ongoing support for farmers through training and workshops

Caritas Challenge 2015

In 2015 the focus of the Caritas Challenge was on the Philippines and how to Build Back Better following natural disasters which have caused widespread destruction in the country.

Your support has helped Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, in partnership with Caritas Philippines, to fund a five-year development programme in the Philippines that will build better resilience to natural disasters and climate change in dioceses around the country.

This programme helps the most vulnerable through the introduction of: sustainable agricultural practices; sustainable fishing methods; protection of land and waterways; and better preparation for disasters. Read more about our work in the Philippines here.

Caritas Challenge 2014

In 2014 the Caritas Challenge raised money for development work in the Solomon Islands and 6,000 young people took part in the Challenge. Read more about our work in the Solomons here.


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