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Caritas Australia


Coming from one of the wealthiest countries in the world, it is challenging to recognise the scale of extreme poverty in Australia’s region and around the world. An example of this is that about 600 million people lack access to clean water and the 2.3 billion people have no basic sanitation[i].

This March, tens of thousands of Australians including students and community supporters will take action in an effort to make a difference on this situation. They will be fundraising for Caritas Australia’s international programs as part of the agency’s main annual appeal, Project Compassion.

Caritas Australia is the international aid and development agency of the Catholic Church.

“The Caritas philosophy is to help marginalised communities become the architects of their own future and Project Compassion has enables us to achieve major change over 54 years,’ said Paul O’Callaghan, the CEO of Caritas Australia.

“We encourage everyone to support Project Compassion so that we continue to transform lives, strengthen the resilience of communities and contribute to peace and stability.”

Project Compassion’s 2019 theme of “Hope” centres on six stories that profile Caritas’ life-changing development work in communities across the globe. The stories come from Zimbabwe, Indonesia, the Solomon Islands, Australia, Bangladesh and Vietnam.

A special focus during this year’s appeal will be on the consequences and the response of Caritas Australia to the current global water crisis.

“According to the United Nations, each year, more people die, the majority aged under 5, from diseases caused by dirty water than from all forms of violence, including war. A lack of clean water disrupts the education of girls and robs communities of income and food[ii],” said Paul O’Callaghan.

Caritas media contact: Nicole Clements on 0408 869 833 or email OR

Donations can be made here.

i] World Health Organisation (WHO): Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene.

[ii] World Health Organisation (WHO): Water.

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Caritas Australia is the Catholic Church’s agency for international aid and development. 

It aims to work and stand in solidarity with communities suffering from poverty and disadvantage.

Caritas Australia gives expression to the Gospel imperative to pursue justice and bring freedom to the poor and oppressed, while proclaiming their human dignity. 

This work is undertaken in partnership with communities in Australia and overseas, through programs of aid and development.

Donate online at

or Freecall:  1800 024 413

Thank you for supporting the work of the Church through Caritas Australia!

God of Life,

We lament the loss of life and the fear that has beset so many displaced children, women and men in the Phillippines.

Many of your children are now suffering, grieving and confused.

In all the tears of our sisters and brothers,

we see the face of Jesus on the cross.

We seek to be one with them in this trying time.

We, who pray now, hope still.

Rise up in us to be your face to those who cannot see your face.

Rise up in us to be your voice for those who cannot hear your voice.

Make us your arms to help those, who cannot feel your saving power, stand again.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Prayer based on words of Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, at a prayer service and Holy hour at the San Fernando de Dilao Parish Church in Paco, Manila, 16th November 2013.

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Email: Sue Searls

Maris Stephenson 
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