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. Caritas also provides input to New Zealand’s legislative response to emergencies.

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, aid organisations such as the Caritas network provide emergency bulk supplies quickly, which is the most effective way of helping people on the ground - much more effective than sending food and other goods as an individual.


COVID-19 Pandemic Appeal

The COVID-19 pandemic has spread rapidly and globally with devastating impact. Caritas is working with partners on the ground across the Pacific and around the world to support vulnerable communities as they prepare for and respond to the effects of the disease.

Rohingya Refugee Crisis

We are continuing to work with our partners in Bangladesh, now hosting over 1.2 million Rohingya refugees, most of whom have arrived since August 2017, fleeing persecution. Long-term considerations must be made for the safety and well-being of the Rohingya and the people of Bangladesh who are sharing their homelands with the refugees. For this we need your help.

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 ongoing humanitarian crises in places such as Syria, the Holy Land and Lebanon. 

Kerala, India - Flood crisis

600,000 affected by fatal flooding in Kerala, India - Declared as the worst flood in a century, the people of Kerala, India, have never faced a deluge of this magnitude before. More than 85,000 people have taken refuge in 718 relief camps. Many are helpless and homeless without even necessities of food and water.

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. 

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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