Humanitarian Aid

The purpose of humanitarian aid is to save the lives, health and fulfil the basic needs of people who have been affected by a natural disaster or war, or who suffer from instability in their country. At the same time, we provides victims of disasters with psychological and material support and help them to cut loose.

Humanitarian aid is most often needed in crisis caused by war or natural disasters, such as floods, extreme droughts or earthquakes. We have been involved in helping people affected by the wars in Iraq, Syria and Nagorno-Karabakh, working with refugees in Zambia, but also providing assistance to victims of the Beirut Lebanon explosion or extreme frosts in Mongolia.

Although we emphasize development cooperation in our work, we are aware that humanitarian aid is absolutely essential in the event of disasters and war conflicts. We provide assistance to their victims, especially in the following areas.

Food Aid

The provision of basic primary foodstuffs is crucial immediately after a humanitarian catastrophe. In addition to traditional food distribution, we have also been involved in supporting school meals in Iraq, which aims to return children from poor families to schools.

Water, Hygiene and Sanitation

Access to drinking water and adequate hygiene and sanitation are essential to prevent the spread of serious infectious diseases and humanitarian disasters.

Providing Shelter and Restoration of Housing

The first step after the disaster is to provide temporary shelter in the area of housing, but very soon the damaged homes are being restored to allow the return of the affected residents to their homes as soon as possible.

Psychosocial Support

Any disaster, especially if it is associated with the loss of health, life, one's own home or violence, is psychologically very demanding. We therefore provide psychological care for victims, among other things.

Healthcare and Drug Distribution

The provision of health care and the distribution of drugs are an essential component of humanitarian aid.

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Iraq

Iraq's recent history has been strongly influenced by armed conflict, sectarian violence and the volatile political situation.

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Ukraine

Ukraine

Since 2014, Caritas has been providing humanitarian aid to people affected by the conflict in the east of the country. In response to the invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops, we have significantly expanded our humanitarian activities in the country to help people affected by the war. 

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Syria

We are currently mainly repairing war-torn houses in the Idlib province in northern Syria.

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Caritas Czech Republic built modular houses in Transcarpathia for people who fled the war
January 31, 2023 Caritas Czech Republic in Ukraine

Caritas Czech Republic built modular houses in Transcarpathia for people who fled the war

5,9 million people are still displaced within Ukraine. Many of them found shelter in the Transcarpathian region, but not all of them have dignified living conditions, staying in overcrowded dormitories or gyms. Last year, Caritas Czech Republic together with the Transcarpathian Regional Council and the Mukachevo Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church started building modular houses for people who were forced to flee their homes and found safety in the Transcarpathian region.

Caritas Czech Republic helps Ukrainian refugees in Moldova cope with winter
January 18, 2023 CCR-Moldova

Caritas Czech Republic helps Ukrainian refugees in Moldova cope with winter

People running from the war left almost everything at home, including winter clothes. Caritas Czech Republic supports Ukrainian refugees to survive harsh winter conditions. Around 2,000 Ukrainian refugees accommodated in Gagauzia (Moldova) will receive support to buy winter clothes. The initiative is part of Caritas Czech Republic's winter support activities for Ukrainian refugees and aims to cover the additional needs that winter usually brings for people.

6 ways Caritas Czech Republic still supports people affected by the war in Ukraine
December 16, 2022 News

6 ways Caritas Czech Republic still supports people affected by the war in Ukraine

The war in Ukraine has been going on for more than half a year. During this time, millions of people have lost their homes, their ability to provide for their families, and their normal, decent life. From the first day of the war, Caritas Czech Republic has been helping Ukrainians who are suffering because of Russian aggression.

We don't know what war sounds like, but we see how destructive it is, say Ukrainian refugees living in Moldova
October 3, 2022 CCR-Moldova

We don't know what war sounds like, but we see how destructive it is, say Ukrainian refugees living in Moldova

It is certainly hard to be a refugee. But imagine what it is like to be a refugee with a hearing impairment: not being able to hear sirens when running to safety, not being able to communicate verbally, and not understanding what is going on around you. Tatiana and Alexander are both hearing impaired. They found a safe haven in Moldova and decided to build their lives there. Tatiana and