Development Cooperation

The aim of our development cooperation is to help vulnerable people to earn a living and be able to cut loose. We also focus on health and social affairs, in which we work on systemic changes. We also pay great attention to environmental protection and sustainability.

In development projects, we emphasize the greatest possible impact of our aid and long-lasting effects. At the same time, we always take into account the local conditions and context according to which we prepare projects. We also involve local residents as much as possible in the preparation and work on the projects, which we support in the given country.

Bulding Livelihoods

Securing a livelihood and the ability to take care of yourself are among the basic requirements for a dignified life. That is why the renewal and building of livelihoods is one of the priorities of our development cooperation.

In Iraq, for example, we help locals who return to their homes to restart their livelihoods or get a new job and make a provision for themselves and their families after many years of armed conflict.

In Georgia, we are creating new job opportunities in less developed mountain regions and supporting local businesses. In Zambia, we provide support to refugees, facilitate their access to education and help them secure sustainable livelihoods.

Healthcare and Social Services

Healthcare and social services are one of the key pillars of our work. In developing countries, these areas are often insufficient, due to either poverty or a lack of professionals.

We have been helping to improve the quality of healthcare in Georgia for a long time. In the country, we are working on systemic changes in close cooperation with the local Ministry of Health. We are expanding the availability and quality of care for children with autism spectrum disorder. We are also improving the availability of cancer screening and engaging in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

We are also improving health and social care in Moldova, where we have already opened 10 home care centres. As in Georgia, in Moldova we are working closely with the local Ministry of Health on legislative changes.

In Cambodia, we have improved the capacity of maternal and child care hospitals.

Agriculture and Rural Development

The countryside plays a very important role in developing countries, as locals often depend on agricultural income. At the same time, mass migration is often a problem. We therefore focus on rural development, and thus preventing residents from leaving their home areas to work in larger cities.

In Iraq, we support farmers, to whom we provide seeds and tools so that they can rebuild their farms. In Zambia, we work with small growers to increase the profitability of their production, we use agricultural innovations and efficient farming methods. In Georgia, we focus on the development of the mountain region of Adjara in the west part of the country.

Environmental Protection and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources

Climate change is already having a significant impact on our daily lives. However, the communities we work with are much more affected by the deteriorating state of the environment. When preparing and working on new projects, we therefore place great emphasis on environmental protection. We are based on a number of measures through which we promote greater environmental sustainability of our work.

At the same time, we work on specific environmental projects. For example, in Mongolia we deal with the processing and recycling of building materials and plastics, in Georgia we support responsible waste management.

Woman beekeeper from rural Georgia expands her business
September 26, 2022 CCR-Georgia

Woman beekeeper from rural Georgia expands her business

Nana Dvalidze, a middle-aged beekeeper from the Alpine zone of Georgia has been producing honey products for years. Although the quality of her honey was excellent and she was distributing it across the whole country, the volume of the production was low as the work with outdated equipment required a lot of time. After Caritas Czech Republic granted Nana modern honey production equipment, honey-pressing became much easier and that enabled her to expand the business. 

I am happy to help those in need, says a nurse from Moldova
September 15, 2022 CCR-Moldova

I am happy to help those in need, says a nurse from Moldova

Natalia is a nurse in one of the home care centres that Caritas Czech Republic opened in Moldova. She regularly visits elderly and disadvantaged people, providing them with health check-ups, but also talking to them so they do not feel alone. In the interview, she talks abour her experience and the needs of Moldovan seniors. 

Bees - an unexpected tool in the fight against poverty
May 20, 2022 News

Bees - an unexpected tool in the fight against poverty

Since 2018, on 20th May we celebrate World Bee Day. The importance of bees for the ecosystem and the food industry has long been known. But these insects are also a source of work and livelihoods in developing regions. One example is the Mantapala refugee camp in Zambia, where dozens of refugees have started to make a living from beekeeping thanks to Caritas Czech Republic.

How to prepare compost at home? Find out a secret recipe from the Lisenco family 
May 4, 2022 CCR-Moldova

How to prepare compost at home? Find out a secret recipe from the Lisenco family 

Composting is an environmentally friendly way to recycle household waste and is one of the most effective and simple way to help your garden restore soil quality, provide nutrients and natural fertilizers at no cost. But how to prepare the compost and what materials do you use to make it? We went to find out these answers from the Lîsenko family's - a family who received one of the 30 composting bins offered by Caritas Czech Republic in Moldova