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 the Caritas Challenge launched around the country on the weekend of 6 to 8 April and ran until 20 May. More than 8000 young people took part.

This nationwide event offered hands-on experiences that were fun and informative, and raised funds for Timor-Leste and the women’s livelihood organisation, Hamahon Feto Timor (HAFOTI) that we partner with there.

During the Challenge, youth were encouraged to undertake an activity for 24 hours that brought them closer to the living conditions of those less fortunate. 

Thank you to all those that took part this year. Funds are still being collected. We will announce the total raised in the coming weeks.


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