Caritas Bangladesh has its headquarters in the capital, Dhaka and has eight other diocesan offices. It works in integrated development, disaster management and human resource development. Nearly 6 000 staff and volunteers implement its programmes at national and diocesan level.
Caritas Bangladesh began in 1967 as Caritas East Pakistan. Following the devastating cyclone of November 1970, it was re-organised and became known as the Christian Organisation for Relief and Rehabilitation (CORR). The name Caritas was re-introduced in 1976.
Caritas Bangladesh is implementing over 80 on-going projects based around 4 main priorities:
Education, formation and capacity building: programmes in regional technical schools, training centres, pre-primary and primary schools.
Social justice and human rights: programmes in justice & peace, micro-finance, supporting vulnerable youth and community development.
Health and care: helping the elderly and disabled people, those struggling with addiction or suffering from leprosy and tuberculosis, pregnant and new mothers and their children.
Sustainable livelihood and disaster management: working to end extreme poverty, to combat climate change through adaptation and risk reduction, to improve horticulture and the management of natural resources.
Many Caritas members are among Caritas Bangladesh’s partners, including Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Japan, India, Hong Kong, Korea, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Taiwan, CRS, Canada, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Macau, Indonesia, Portugal, CAFOD, Cordaid, SCIAF and Secours Catholique.