Wisdom of Life


It’s not just a shelter but dream come true

A large scale natural disaster like Cyclone Gaja (2018) is physically destructive and the recovery process is emotionally and financially expensive.  The affected need transition from victims to dignified citizens. State and decision-makers are often held accountable for a speedy recovery. Here the role of a humanitarian organisation like Caritas India becomes significant.  Therefore, understanding the factors that promoted effective disaster recovery

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Utilizing every Opportunity: Reflection and Learning Meet

The Five day review meeting workshop began on 6th to 10th November, 2019 in Bangkok. The meeting was represented by members from Caritas in Austria, Asia,  Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The purpose of the meeting was to take stock of the program progress and how each country is placed. Each country shared their experiences and the challenges related to OFAR and Field Trials. Taking cues and learnings from the presentations, there was reflection

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State of Maharashtra given flood recovery assistance

Some parts of Maharashtra are still facing the after-effects of worst floods in more than a decade, disrupting normal lives and affecting communication. A major chunk of the population residing in Western Maharashtra had been grappling with the deluge caused by the recent spate of rain leaving around 40 dead and displacing more than 4.2 lakh people.  The situation was alarming in Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara, Thane, Pune, Nashik, Palghar, Ratnagiri,

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European Return Reintegration Network Monitoring Mission

A one-day Symposium on ‘Voluntary return – the way to the homeland’ was organised jointly by the Ministry of the Interior and Sport Halberstädter and BAMF at Competence Centre Return at the Magdeburger Stadtmission, Germany.  The meeting was hosted by the MoI & Sports, in Magdeburg. This meeting was participated by more than 80 persons including the members from host ministry, Counsellors, Organisation representatives from three countries

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Partners have a greater safeguarding role

Social Service Societies, congregations and partners in the field have a greater role to protect and promote the dignity of children and adults. These institutions should play their part in protecting people who come under their purview by working to reduce the risk of abuse, harm, and neglect. Caritas India, being the social arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India upholds this responsibility to sensitize its partners to established safeguarding

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Odisha Government Officials endorses Caritas India’s Kitchen-garden initiative for state-wide replication in Anganwadis

Budhia, the district facilitator of Orissa Forum for Social Action (OROSA) thought of developing a kitchen garden at the backyard of Anganwadi center and primary school to promote good health and nutrition among the children. Budhia is working in ‘Jeevanika’ to capacitate marginalized communities to access food, nutrition, and other govt. programmes in Odisha. The project is supported by Caritas India to reach out to 26376 families in 8 districts

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Caritas Samaritans: Earth is facing Climate Emergency

“Earth is facing Climate Emergency” is the call of almost every scientist and environmentalist globally. During the years the “Climate Change” phenomenon has changed to “Climate Emergency”. Global climate change has already had observable effects on the environment. Glaciers have shrunk, ice on rivers and lakes is breaking up earlier, plant and animal ranges have shifted, and trees are flowering sooner. Effects that scientists had predicted

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Preparing capacities of 3,626 families to cope with future hazards

The Himalayan region is one of the most seismic active regions in the world. The north-east India including Sikkim and Darjeeling Hills falls under Zone V (very severe intensity zone) and has experienced a large number of earthquakes and landslides of severe intensity. The landslides on many occasions were triggered off by heavy rains which are a regular feature of this area. Poor infrastructure, deforestation, and failure to prepare for earthquakes

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