Posts Tagged ‘Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand’

One day of difference for a lifetime of change Comments 1

Friday, April 11th, 2014
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I arrived at Challenge 2000 in Johnsonville, a night with friends in a cosy cardboard box beneath a starlit sky was too good to pass by. The Wellington wind had fled; stillness paired with the embers crackling, huddled closer, marshmallows devoured in flame as stories swept us elsewhere and nothing mattered anymore save each other, Read more

6000 youth sign up to Caritas Challenge Comments 0

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Over 6,000 youth will be participating in Caritas Challenge events in New Zealand this week end. The Caritas Challenge is an annual 24-hour event for schools and youth groups during Lent At Garin College in Nelson, for example,  over 170 students are spending Saturday night in cardboard boxes on the school’s tennis courts and going Read more

Young leaders get ready for the Caritas Challenge Comments 0

Friday, March 21st, 2014
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Over 400 sixteen to eighteen year olds recently took part in the annual Caritas: Justice Leadership Days across every diocese in New Zealand. The young people, identified by their colleges and peers as leaders, came together to find out more about Caritas and the upcoming Caritas Challenge, 4-6 April. The days focused on Caritas’s work Read more

Caritas worker laments dire plight of Syrian refugees Comments 0

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

A New Zealand aid worker says the situation in overflowing Syrian refugee camps remains hopeless as the country marks three years of civil war. The brutal Syrian conflict has left an estimated 146,000 people dead, half of them reportedly civilians, and caused millions to flee. Aid experts say up to 4 million people could be Read more

Caritas publishes Lenten resources in te reo Māori Comments 0

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has published its first Te Reo Māori version of the Lenten reflection programme, a booklet used for reflection, prayer and discussion of the Gospels during Lent. Julianne Hickey, Director of Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand says the Catholic Church recognises the importance of ensuring that people can pray, discuss and listen to Read more

Caritas helping Cyclone victims in Tonga Comments 0

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is  continuing to support Caritas Tonga to assist communities to recover and rebuild after Tropical Cyclone Ian devastated the Ha’apai islands of Tonga three weeks ago. It is estimated that 75 per cent of buildings in Ha’apai have been destroyed or have major damage. Crops, infrastructure and water supplies also having Read more

Water shortage after 4 month drought in Ha’apai Comments 0

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

A four-month drought in the central Tongan island group of Ha’apai is putting stress on drinking water supplies already diminished by saltwater intrusion.   Some people – especially women and children mostly affected by the water shortage – from the more remote communities are needing to travel long distances to get water from churches and schools Read more

Kumara in Tonga, food for all Comments 0

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

“The kumara does not tell of how sweet it is” says an old Maori proverb. For Funaki Vehekite, 53, the sweet potato is all the sweeter because it allows him to support his family and keep his five children in school. At his farm in Tongatapu, Tonga’s largest island, he also produces food crops such as kape, Read more

Caritas restructure aimed at fuller engagement of Catholic Community Comments 0

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is embarking on a transformation process as its support base grows, and to meet the challenges of a constantly changing world. ‘These are new and exciting times for us,” says Director Julianne Hickey. “We’ve been engaged for a year in reviewing our structures and processes – with all staff involved, and Read more

Hope remains in the Philippines Comments 0

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

A cross stands high over the city of Palo, a little askew and battered by the wind but holding on strong – a symbol of hope. Much has been written about Super Typhoon Haiyan and the destruction it left in its wake. The destruction is as bad as I’ve seen, and I’ve been to many Read more