All funds raised during the Caritas Challenge in 2017 will go towards supporting the people of Kiribati. Kiribati comprises 32 very low-lying coral atolls and one reef island stretching along the equator. In many parts of Kiribati the land is less than a metre above sea level. As a result, rising tides caused by climate change affect the very basic human right for I-Kiribati people as a distinct culture to survive, the right to clean drinking water and access to it, the right of access to food and the right to have islands they call home.
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has just begun a health programme with partners in South Tarawa that focuses on training a group of local women and youth to become Health Champions. Although environmental changes have impacted on food security and nutrition, this health programme will provide the opportunity for Health Champions to share mitigation measures and hygiene practices through their health promotion activities. Communities in South Tarawa will initially benefit from the health programme before it is expanded to include four outer islands over the next four years.