Caritas Pakistan was established in 1965. Through time, it advanced from a relief work organisation into a development organisation. What makes it unique throughout the country is its ongoing presence in communities, before, during and after crisis situations, serving the poor, children, women and men of all races and religions. Caritas empowers people to participate fully in all matters affecting their lives, and it advocates on their behalf at national and international forums.
Its mandate includes integral development, advocacy, peace building, respect for human rights, support for proper stewardship of the environment and emergency relief. As regards to all calamities and disaster occurring in Pakistan, its main interventions in this area are: Emergency Response and Preparedness, Disaster Risk Reduction, Livelihood, Peace Building, Capacity Building and Health and WASH Project.
Major development projects include Rehabilitation of Nagarparker in the South of Pakistan in the year 2000 (Construction of Dams, Water tanks and Reservoirs). It also played a key role being part of the consortium of agencies delivering a multi-million dollar programme for support to the Afghan refugees in Pakistan. Caritas Pakistan is active in the rehabilitation of the victims of the earthquake of October 2005, the massive floods of 2010, 2011 and 2012. In the rehabilitation phase, Caritas Pakistan is involved in the sectors of Health, Livelihood and Shelter.
Food for all, climate change, tree plantation and disaster awareness are relevant campaigns carried out by the organisation. These and other activities are implemented through the seven diocesan units and the National Secretariat, with the work of its nationwide staff plus 5000 volunteers.
Major partners include confederation members, UN agencies, humanitarian organizations as well as government associated organizations.