Caritas is a Latin word for love and compassion

Caritas is a non-profit organisation that supports families in third world countries. It collects donations from people to give to the less fortunate. The provide education, fresh water and food. Caritas sets up projects in other countries around the world to support them and provide better facilities such as shelter, schools and vaccinations. In 1964, Caritas began in Australia, and they are a catholic organisation. Caritas helps communities in Africa, The Pacific, The Middle East, Asia, East Timor, Latin America and Indigenous Australians. The international symbol of Caritas is  flaming cross. In 1897, Lorenz Worthmann founded the first Caritas in Germany. Its initial purpose was to distribute funds the catholic church had received for overseas relief from the United Nation’s ‘Freedom from Hunger’ campaign.


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