Caritas focuses on food, hygiene and shelter for Haiti

Caritas food distribution. Caritas is focusing on ensuring Haitians have food, clean water and hygiene items and shelter (photo: Caritas).

Four trucks made their way from Port-au-Prince to the southwestern tip of the country where Hurricane Matthew had hit hardest. The 8-hour journey from the capital was necessary because hurricane damage meant the items couldn’t be bought more locally. Read more on caritas.org.

Under supervision of Czech doctor, 84 patients were examined by CT scan in Takeo

Knowledge transfer.

In the Cambodian province of Takeo almost 20% of its residents live under the poverty line in hardly accessible areas with insufficient medical care. At the beginning Caritas Czech Republic started supporting ophthalmology here and afterwards it focused also on improving medical care in general.

Humanitarian crisis looms as Mosul battle rages in Iraq

200,000 people from Mosul could flee in the first few weeks. Welcome sites are in place but fears are growing provisions will not be enough (photo: Chris de Bode/Cordaid).

Caritas is preparing for a wave of people fleeing the Iraqi city of Mosul as Iraqi, Kurdish and coalition forces battle to retake it from Islamic State (ISIS). Between 1.2 to 1.5 million people could be affected and 200,000 could flee in the first few weeks. While the weather is around 20° at night, the temperatures will decrease in the coming months. “They will need shelter, food, healthcare, clean water and sanitation and other aid like blankets and cooking equipment,” said Nabil Nissan, director of Caritas Iraq. Read more on caritas.org.

Mosul battle could result in up to 1.5 million refugees

Mosul battle could result in up to 1.5 million refugees (foto: Daniel Etter/CRS).

On Monday the 17th of October the battle for Mosul, the last stronghold of the Islamic State in Iraq, burst open. It is believed that up to 8,000 ISIS fighters are struggling against the government who owns the numerical advantage of 25,000 soldiers. Civilians were warned of the imminent attack by thousands of leaflets and flyers. The United Nations has expressed its concerns about the safety of up to one and a half million people. Though the exact number is unknown, two million inhabitants had been living in the city before the extremists began their occupation in 2014.

How to teach students about religious tolerance and critical thinking?

Teachers test ourselves one activity.

On Friday 14th October, seven teachers involved in the project entitled "We live together, we talk together - teaching tolerance and dialogue culture" met in the Marianeum training centre in Prague 2. They got better acquainted with the planned activities and survey results focusing on opinions about the integration of religious topics into schooling.

Filipinos from Cogun village start producing their own buffalo cheese

Buffalos.

On Friday, 21st October, Caritas Czech Republic passed the management of a newly built buffalo milk processing plant in the village of Cogun on the island of Samar to local residents.

„We lived in our new house only six months,“ tells Rima from Syria

Illustrative picture.

When Rima (57yrs old) sought out our partnership organisation Caritas Czech Republic in Damascus, she was confused and scared. She asked for help. „ We ran away from our house empty-handed. Now we live in a dwelling where it is too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. I got to know about you and I would like to ask for a ventilator,“ she told us. She received the ventilator and afterwards humanitarian workers visited Mrs Rima.

Caritas Armenia helps disabled children and their families in “Emil’s Sun”

Caritas Armenia helps disabled children and their families in “Emil’s Sun”.

“Every child has the right to go to school and have access to education, including children with disabilities, this is our philosophy” explained Tigranuhi Akopyan, the director of the daily center of Caritas Armenia “Emili Aregak” or “Emil’s Sun”.