The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development

Emergency relief

Caritas responds to emergencies around the world, including in Aotearoa New Zealand. We aim to save lives, reduce suffering, uphold human dignity, and meet people's basic needs – regardless of ethnicity, religion or nationality.

In emergencies, we respond to needs and requests of our development partners and through the Caritas Internationalis confederation.

Wherever a disaster occurs, one of our partners will be there, coordinating local people and supplies to provide an effective and efficient response.

Following an emergency, we understand that you might want to send food or other goods, however aid organisations such as the Caritas network provide emergency bulk supplies quickly, which is the most effective way of helping people on the ground.

Rohingya Refugee Crisis

We are working with our partners in Bangladesh to help hundreds of thousands of vulnerable Rohingya. This population is highly vulnerable due to a history of statelessness and trauma, flooding in Bangladesh in 2017 and late season flooding in 2018, as well as the overall crowded conditions of the camps.

Cyclone Gita

Cyclone Gita has devastated Tonga. Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand works with partners on the ground to determine the needs of the communities. We have committed $10,000 NZD to relief. Learn how you can help.

Worldwide Emergencies

 Disasterous events worldwide in August and September 2017 have spelled out the need for immediate and sustained action to help respond to emergencies and rebuild communities. Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has set up a general emergency fund to support our overseas partners in need.

East Africa Crisis

We are working with our partners in South Sudan to help save the lives of millions of people facing starvation, and responding to thousands of others in Kenya facing serious food shortages. 

Peace in the Middle East

Caritas launched the Peace in the Middle East campaign to support development programmes and provide humanitarian aid to those affected by the ongoing humanitarian crises in Syria and Palestine. 

New Zealand Earthquake

A magnitude 7.8 severe earthquake struck 15 km north-east of Culverden on Monday, 14 November 2016 and caused serious damage to communitiesin the South Island, including Kaikōura.

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