About us

The Department of Humanitarian Aid and Development Cooperation has been a part of Caritas Czech Republic since 2004. It provides aid where it is needed, all around the world. We have five permanent missions - in Zambia, Iraq, Mongolia, Georgia, and Moldova; however, we are also working to improve the condition of people affected by war and conflict in Syria and Nagorno-Karabakh. In the past, we also operated in Cambodia, Ukraine, Chechnya, and we also aided people affected by the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.

We also focus on global development education and training which deals especially with activities connected to sustainable development in the Czech Republic and abroad.

How We Operate

In terms of our work abroad, we put emphasis on ensuring that the impact of our aid is as large and long-term as possible. We strive for our aid to be sustainable wherever possible. Rather than distributing food, we aid people in getting back on their feet and earning their own living, if it is possible.

An effective spending of financial resources and utmost transparency is essential for us. Our colleagues from local branches of Caritas Czech Republic are able to ensure not only high quality and fairness of the distributed aid but also financial transparency. We help those who need it regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, political affiliation or religion.

We also collaborate with verified local partner organizations and with local authorities at the national and local levels. We are a highly rated partner of the UN (UNHCR, UNICEF, UNDPT, etc.) and the European Commission. We collaborate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Czech Development Agency, embassies, and a whole range of other distinguished organizations. We are a part of a global Caritas Network.

Our Priorities

Our priorities in the field of development cooperation mainly include health, social services, education, supporting the creation of new jobs in regions at a disadvantage, and securing and supporting the livelihood of the local population. We also pay great attention to environmental protection and sustainability.

More specifically, we support restoration of returnee livelihoods in Iraq, creation of new jobs in poor regions of Georgia, and we expand the accessibility and quality of care for children with autism spectrum disorder. In Zambia, we provide support for refugees, facilitate their access to education, and help them secure sustainable means of livelihood. Last but not least, we focus on setting efficient waste management in Mongolia.

We provide humanitarian aid for people affected by war and natural or other disasters. We providefor basic needs, such as shelter, food, drinking water, sanitary items, and medical and psychological care. We aid, for example, people in Syria, Iraq, Nagorno-Karabakh, and Lebanon.

  •  A team of more than 200 people in the Czech Republic and on missions
  • Active missions in 5 countries around the world
  • A total of 53.6% of resources goes to development cooperation
  • Currently work on 50 projects

We currently operate in the following countries:

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Georgia

Caritas Czech Republic began its development activities in Georgia in 2008. Initially, we operated in Georgia through local partner organizations, but we established our own branch here in 2015, which enabled us to offer high-quality, timely and well-resourced development aid.

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Iraq

Iraq still suffers from the consequences of years of armed conflict and political turmoil. The country has been affected the most by the recent invasion of the self-proclaimed Islamic State which has forced millions of Iraqis to leave their homes. To this day, many people do not have adequate shelter, access to basic services, and not even a sufficient livelihood.

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Cambodia

Caritas Czech Republic has been operating in Cambodia since 2011. Over the course of our involvement, we have especially focused on the development of areas such as health care, access to drinking water, and sanitation We have also focused on inclusion in education, development of care options for children with disabilities, and we have supported the integration of people with disabilities into the labor market.

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Lebanon

Over 13 million people have fled their homes due to the long lasting conflict in Syria. Out of those who have crossed the country’s borders, most have found new homes in neighboring countries. One of these countries is Lebanon where 1.5 million Syrians currently live, making up nearly a quarter of the country’s current population. This creates pressure on various aspects of life in Lebanon, including the already overwhelmed health system.

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Moldova

Caritas Czech Republic has been operating in Moldova since 2004, when it first launched its first development project in the country. Until 2017, we operated in Moldova mainly through local partner organizations. In 2017, we established a Caritas Czech Republic mission which was registered in the same year under the name Pro-Development.

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Mongolia

Caritas Czech Republic has been operating in the country since 2006, and we established a permanent mission here in 2007. In Mongolia, our main focus is on environmental protection work, especially careful waste management, andon active support of young people. However, we also provided humanitarian aid to shepherds affected by harsh winter or aid in the fields of education, social services, and health service.

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Syria

Caritas Czech Republic started operating in Syria in 2013; two years after the conflict had begun. We help ease the impacts of the civil war in the country. We have repeatedly provided medical assistance, for example by operating a medical clinic in Idlib region or by supplying medication and ensuring the functioning of a clinic in Aleppo.

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Zambia

Caritas Czech Republic has been operating in Zambia since 2013 and with nearly 200 employees is our biggest mission abroad. We operate in five provinces - Lusaka Province, Luapula Province, Central Province, Western Province, and North-Western Province. In Zambia, we are also the main partner of UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees); however, we also collaborate with a number of other important organizations.

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