Thesis about rice in Philippines was awarded

Awarded authors.

The research paper entitled “Rice and Vegetable Value Chains Affecting Small-Scale Farmers in the Philippines” authored by Dr. Buenaventura Dargantes, Cheryl Batistel, and Joviel Teves and published by Caritas Czech Republic was cited as an international book publication by the Visayas State University.

Read more HERE.

Syria conference must invest in future for refugees

Training courses for Syrian refugees in Lebanon (photo: Matthieu Alexandre/Caritas).

Caritas agencies call on western countries to do more to help fleeing Syrians, as more than five million people have been forced to cross borders and register as refugees in neighbouring countries. They warn that a Brussels Conference on Syria this week must prioritise mobilising funds for longer-term development for Syrian refugees. Read more on caritas.org.

South Sudan – the worst hunger and violence of the last 15 years

Looking for food in a bush (photo: Caritas Internationalis).

“My body was shaking from hunger,” said Julia Kefi, a 65 year old widow living in Rajaf, a rural village in South Sudan. “So I set off at 7 am to find wild vegetables and am returning now at midday. Food in the bush is becoming scarce. Once that’s finished, we will wait for death.” Sometimes Julia is too weak to make the arduous trip into the bush. “We share so that everyone makes it to the end of the day,” she said. Read more on a new webiste of Caritas Internationalis dedicated to South Sudan (HERE).

Two years after the earthquake in Nepal, Nirjala again believes in the future

Nirjala and her grandmother Manamaya Shrestha braid the hair of a girl from the neighbourhood (photo: Caritas Switzerland).

Nepal was struck by devastating earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale on April 25, 2015. Several thousand people have died and many people were injured. The tragedy has caused enormous material damage, especially in the Sindhupalchok region. Caritas Czech Republic together with Caritas Swiss and their partners support the renovation of primary and secondary schools here. 

War victims from Iraqi Kurdistan deserve our solidarity

War victims from Iraqi Kurdistan deserve our solidarity

Diocesan Caritas workers from Brno visited Iraqi Kurdistan to find out how to help the local people. Iraqi Kurdistan is an autonomous entity within the federal Iraqi Republic that is suffering from a shortage of medical care because of the long standing war. Kurdistan represents one of the main defenses against ISIL.

Cardinal Tagle suggests “meet a migrant” and spread the Easter spirit

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle with his grandparents.

"My family began with the migration of a child. My maternal grandfather was born in China. His mother was very poor so she sent her son with a relative who travelled to the Philippines – and that’s where I was born and grew up," said Cardinal Antonio Tagle. Read all his Easter message on a caritas.org.

Helping Ulaanbaatar Children and Parishes of Olomouc Region

Helping Ulaanbaatar Children and Parishes of Olomouc Region.

In December 2016, the parishes of the Olomouc deanery joined the traditional Advent wreath making.  The charity campaign collected the total sum of CZK 57.242, part of which will be donated to the Verbist Care Center Orphanage of Ulaanbaatar and the other part for direct assistance to the needy of their parishes.

Abeer Al Hasan still believe in a future of Syria

Abeer Al Hasan (photo: Patrick Nicholson/Caritas Internationalis).

“We had to leave our home because of the fighting. My husband passed away seven months ago. He stepped on a landmine near his factory. When I got the call there had been an accident, I went straight away to the hospital. I didn’t see him as they’d already buried the body. I was in shock. I couldn’t stop crying," said Abeer Al Hasan, mother of two children. Read more HERE.