Caritas worker just back from Vanuatu now off to Nepal

His bags aren’t even unpacked and Miramar man Mark Mitchell is already eyeing the next disaster zone.

Mitchell is a humanitarian programme coordinator for Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand.

He has just returned from Vanuatu.

He arrived there just three days after Cyclone Pam hit.

Now, though dates had not yet been confirmed, he will soon be heading to another disaster zone – Nepal.

He expects to head over in a couple of months.

He was not going immediately because “we don’t want to be sending people if it is not people that are needed.”

“What is needed is money and support.”

Caritas already has staff on the ground trying to get the country back on its feet.

For more than ten years Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has worked with its counterpart in Nepal to support farmers, developing strong small farming and agribusiness cooperatives.

They are now using these long established relationships to reach some of the most marginalised communities in the country.

Caritas in Nepal is a well-respected partner of the Nepalese Government for humanitarian relief work and is negotiating to continue directly implementing its response to the earthquake.

“Our Caritas network is supporting the Caritas Nepal team as they prioritise emergency shelter, trauma counselling, food, clean water and the hygiene materials people desperately need,” says Mitchell.


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