Urgent food aid needed as famine strikes South Sudan

Trócaire repaired a bore hole recently in the village of Adior, Adior County, South Sudan. It was 20 years old and broken down. It saves people walking long distances. Trocaire also put in latrines for community use (photo: Sean Farrell/Trocaire).

Pope Francis has urgently appealed for food aid to help millions of South Sudanese “condemned to death by hunger”. His plea followed the United Nation’s declaration of famine in the stricken country, with 275,000 children severely malnourished and more than 5 million people urgently in need of food and agricultural assistance.

Rita receives valuable experience through working for others

Rita supporting students in the production of learning materials (photo: Caritas Switzerland).

With the calm and kind expression that is characteristic for her, 18-year old Rita Bhujel passes around the attendance list for the parenting education event in Mahakaleshwori Lower Secondary School. In May 2016, she joined Caritas Switzerland’s and Caritas Czech republic´s partner organization MANK as an intern for the Promotion of School Attendance Component within the School Rehabilitation Programme.

More violence in Eastern Ukraine, thousands are without water and power

Caritas Ukraine has deployed an emergency team to Avdiivka which has been under heavy shelling (photo: Caritas Ukraine).

Caritas fears for a humanitarian emergency in eastern Ukraine following an upsurge in fighting between government forces and Russian-backed separatists. Fighting in the frontline town of Avdiivka has cut water and power to most of the 25 000 inhabitants, while temperatures have fallen as low as -17C. Caritas Ukraine has distributed emergency food packs to 1 000 households containing enough supplies for 2-3 weeks and will distribute another 1 000 packs along with cash grants. Read more on caritas.org.

Childbirth care in Mongu in Zambia is improving

Midwife delivered a baby in LGH.

Caritas Czech Republic has been attempting to reduce the maternal and new-born death rate since March 2013. The rate is very high in Zambia, especially in the area of Mongu. In 2000, the rates were the following - 610 women per 100.000 live births died giving childbirth, 169 children out of 1000 did not  reach the  age of 5  and 100 babies out of 1.000 did not reach the  age of one. In 2015, only 224 women per 100.000 died during childbirth, 64 children before the age of 5 and 43 babies before the age of 1. But it’s true that the rates for the West Province are higher than the national average.

Caritas Georgia encouraged by Pope Francis

One of programme of Caritas Georgia (photo: Caritas Georgia).

Since its creation 22 years ago, Caritas Georgia has always been living with its beneficiaries. The inspiration stemming from grassroots people has been reflected in the many successful projects implemented by the organisation. During the past years, Caritas Georgia has experienced changes that have turned into remarkable moments, including the historical visit of Pope Francis. Read more on caritas.eu

More help needed for refugees in Serbia

Caritas is providing food such as fresh pastries and warm soup in official centres (photo: Caritas Serbia).

The Serbian winter is always cold. In past years, temperatures could reach a few grades below zero. This year they have reached -20°C in Belgrade, while in southern Serbia, they reached -30°C. The problem is not only the cold weather, but also the heavy snow. Read more on caritas.org.

"How to make a living during the war"

Women are often working on the fields.

Under this motto, farmers from the Ayaci and Magwe regions in the southern Sudan organized an Agriculture Day in December 2016. Originally, an agricultural fair was planned, but organizers had to cancel it because of the precarious security situation in the country, where the next phase of the civil war broke out. They offered a thematic day for local residents, instead.

Nepalese girl Susmita again in school

Susmita, her younger sister and mother in front of their temporary shelter (photo: Caritas Switzerland).

When Susmita Nepali’s mother beat her during a family argument in summer 2015, Susmita decided to run away. Without informing her parents, she took a bus to Kathmandu, where she told the owner of a Bed & Breakfast that she had lost all her family members in the earthquake. Believing her story, the hostel owner offered her a job in his canteen – for a salary of 2’000 Rupees per month.