What we do

What we do

Inspiring Care for Creation by Practising Servant Love-Based Leadership

Caritas Asia is made up of 25 Member Organizations, of national identity, mandated by their respective Episcopal conferences or Ecclesiastical authorities, responsible for the local Church’s socio-pastoral works. Each Member Organization maintains its own individual autonomy in its relationships and operating procedures within the legal framework of the global Caritas confederation.

Besides providing services to the communities they work with, Caritas MOs in Asia region are an integral part of Caritas Asia, where member organisations have the responsibility to take part in the creation of the organisational structures and programs of Caritas Asia. They also are required to contribute towards the development and fulfilment of the strategic direction of Caritas Asia through the realisation of regional strategic priorities.

Member Organizations act in accordance with the Catholic Social Teaching, the Canon Law, the requirements of the competent Ecclesiastical authorities, and the norms of behaviour and criteria defined jointly within the Caritas Confederation with regard to international and regional cooperation. They accept coordination by Caritas Asia in relation to operations at the regional level and in terms of representation by Caritas Asia at inter-denominational and regional levels. Member Organizations jointly finance the bodies and activities of Caritas Asia, as they do with Caritas Internationalis.

Reducing Impact of Disasters by Effective Emergency Preparedness and Response Across Asia

Asia is a region that has been badly affected by a multitude of disasters and the possibilities of new disasters affecting the region in the coming years is very high. Natural and man-made disasters are on the rise. Many regions in Asia are considered to be in the disaster risk belts: cyclones, tornados, earthquakes, and tsunamis are among the few examples of recurring hazards in the region. Climate change, political instabilities, and rapid urbanisation are some of the main contributing factors that may trigger humanitarian crises in the coming years.

Moreover, urban vulnerability leading to major urban humanitarian disasters will be another phenomenon that will affect the region. This means that the region will need to be well prepared to mitigate these risks.

Caritas Member Organizations in Asia, in line with the strategic goals of the confederation and the region, are highly committed to consistently improve both institutions and personnel capacities in responding to the occurring humanitarian crisis in the region.

Caritas Asia Humanitarian Page

Upholding Dignity of the Person for Integral Human Development by Global Solidarity and Promotion of Peace

Migration and displacement are Asia wide issues of concern. It happens within our countries and beyond our borders. It is both national and multinational. No matter what its base, the issues and causes remain common. A multinational approach to migration is the healthiest approach.

The issues around forced migration and people on the move have been a continuing focus of work of Caritas MOs in Asia, through different types of intervention that include joint capacity building, organising campaigns, awareness raising and cross-border collaborations among various MOs. Considering the complexity of the issues and contexts of each MO and sub-region, Caritas MOs in Asia forms a network, so as to provide a strategic space for developing joint strategies in response to mutual concerns on migration and for providing opportunity for shared learning and exchange of experience. This network is to be based on Caritas values. It is open to Caritas partners in migration work. All members of this network are in accordance with the four-point programme of the Church to welcome, protect, promote and integrate people on the move. It is a network focused on working on migration across the region.

The Asia Regional Human Mobility Network is established to strengthen collaboration on migration work among Caritas members, its church and faith-based partners and other like-minded organisations in Asia. They act to coordinate and carry out joint pastoral programs and advocacy actions to ensure human dignity of the people.