Caritas promotes authentic human development. This means development of the whole person. It provides for their economic, cultural, political, social and spiritual wellbeing.
Development is much more than economic progress. In accordance with Catholic social teaching, it is about promoting the development of people as human beings.
Development invites us to recognise each other’s needs and to join together with them in solidarity. It affirms the worth of each individual, but does so in the context of a family and community. An integral part of Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is to empower local communities and ensure their ownership of projects.
The development programmes of Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand include a wide variety of activities, such as:
• supporting the supply of drinking water and irrigation facilities
• strengthening primary health care
• teaching farm management as well as helping develop other livelihoods
• developing skills and credit for small business
• raising the skills of instructors in Rural Training Centres
• enabling Disaster Risk Reduction activities
• promoting human rights
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand partners with other Caritas agencies, Church organisations or local associations to deliver its development programmes. Caritas development programmes focus on poor and vulnerable people, regardless of their ethnicity, religion or nationality.