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 launches DG ECHO-funded project to help refugees in Moldova
April 26, 2022 News

Caritas Czech Republic launches DG ECHO-funded project to help refugees in Moldova

Moldova, the poorest country in Europe, has received the largest number of refugees per capita since the start of the war in Ukraine. Although the country welcomed refugees with open arms, it soon reached the limits of its capacity. Caritas Czech Republic launched a project in Moldova to help vulnerable refugees. In total, we will support over 200,000 refugees, relieving the overburdened Moldovan state.

Ivano-Frankivsk takes care of 150,000 refugees. We are helping too
April 20, 2022 News

Ivano-Frankivsk takes care of 150,000 refugees. We are helping too

Ivano-Frankivsk has become a temporary home for at least 150,000 people fleeing the war. The local Archbishopric is also providing them with a roof over their heads and basic needs. We are helping too. A few days after the delivery of 20 tons of humanitarian aid, a letter arrived from Ivano-Frankivsk. "Danken wir ganz herzlich (thank you very much)," writes Volodymyr Vijtyshyn, explaining how the delivery will help the 1,600 refugees the archbishopric is taking care of.

Stories of refugees: The password "Newborn from Ukraine" ensured shelter for Alexandra's family
April 19, 2022 CCR-Moldova

Stories of refugees: The password "Newborn from Ukraine" ensured shelter for Alexandra's family

At just one months old, Alexandra's granddaughter embarked on a path of wandering and faced obstacles too harsh for a newborn. When Alexandra, her daughter and newborn granddaughter left the city of Odessa, the women did not know where they were going and what awaited them. We found Alexandra taking care of her niece at the Republican Experimental Center for Orthopedic Prosthetics and Rehabilitation in Moldova (CREPOR), which was equipped by Caritas Czech Republic. Alexandra remembers the hardships they faced until they felt safe.

Refugees will not be able to return home for months or years, says Evžen Diviš
April 15, 2022 News

Refugees will not be able to return home for months or years, says Evžen Diviš

The war in Ukraine has been going on for nearly two months. It has driven 12 million people out of their homes, of whom almost 5 million have left the country. We spoke to Evžen Diviš, Caritas Czech Republic Ukraine Aid Coordinator, about the situation in the country and how we help Ukrainians fleeing the war. Evžen recently returned directly from Ukraine.