The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development

Caritas Challenge

The Caritas Challenge is an annual event for schools and youth groups around New Zealand to demonstrate solidarity with those living with poverty or injustice.

In 2018, more than 8,000 young people took part in the Caritas Challenge and raised more than $50,000 to support the women's livelihood organization, Hamahon Feto Timor (HAFOTI) that Caritas partners with in Timor Leste.

At the end of November 2018 the 2019 resources will be available and registrations will be open for next year's adventure.

This nationwide event offers hands-on experiences that are fun and informative to raise funds for South Sudan in 2019.

During the Challenge, youth are encouraged to undertake an activity for up to 24 hours that brings them closer to the plight of more than four million South Sudanese who have been displaced from their homes due to ongoing conflict and food insecurity.



For more information, please contact Michael Stewart

See photos from around the country of groups that took on the Caritas Challenge in 2018:

Caritas Challenge 2018



Caritas Challenge feedback

We're always looking to improve. Help us by filling out the Caritas Challenge 2018 feedback form also available here:

Take up the Challenge!

Move It, Live It, Sweat It, Stop It, or create your own 24-hour Challenge. Build solidarity with those living with poverty or injustice, through hands-on experiences that are fun and informative, while you raise funds.

Who you will help

Your support and participation in the Caritas Challenge will enable us to continue working in Timor-Leste with our partners Hamahon Feto Timor (HAFOTI) a women's livelihood organisation which provides training, marketing opportunities and revolving loans to rural women in order to generate income for them.

Previous challenges

Caritas would like to say a huge thank you to all who participated in the 2017 Caritas Challenge, it was a great event and more than 70 groups took part with over 10,500 individuals taking on the Challenge.


The Caritas Challenge takes place after Lent – the period of preparation for Easter. All schools receive a teacher’s pack with ideas and activities for Lent. You can access this comprehensive range of additional resources which focus on our work in Timor-Leste.

Caritas Challenge - Past Activities

Caritas Challenge Registration

Ready to take on the Caritas Challenge? ONE DAY OF DIFFERENCE FOR A LIFETIME OF CHANGE.

For more information and assistance, please contact Michael Stewart.

Order Challenge gear

Order your posters, t-shirts, pens and wristbands for the Caritas Challenge here!

Sign up to the caritas regular e-newsletter:

Tutu ana te puehu - Stirring up the dust