Over the years, CORR Jute Works has won national and international awards for the quality of its craftsmanship. Today, it employs thousands of artisans, mostly women from rural areas. As a result of CJW’s activities, there are over 200 artisan cooperatives in Bangladesh, spread across 30 provinces, involving a total of almost 6,000 people.
Even in the midst of their own struggles with natural disasters, the Catholic communities of Bangladesh continue to extend a helping hand to those affected by the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. Through prayer, donations, and solidarity campaigns, these communities are repaying the international aid they have received in the past. Meanwhile, in South Korea, Caritas is mobilizing for an emergency fund to support the earthquake victims, and the Catholic bishops are advocating for the abolition of the death penalty.
Members of the GELMac organized an annual food drive, collecting food donations at four different local supermarkets last Saturday. The donations were offered to Caritas and helped relieve Macau’s most vulnerable and needy.
The 53rd edition of the Caritas Charity Bazaar raised an estimated 5-6 million patacas with fewer visitors, but with the same spirit of solidarity and mutual accountability. The amount will be used to fund the organization’s activities that are not financed by the government.
There will be games, all sorts of entertainment and a dynamic environment as tradition dictates. The 2022 edition of Caritas Charity Bazaar will hopefully take place on the Nam Van waterfront in just over a month with the same vigor it had in pre-pandemic times, despite Covid-19’s long shadow over Macau.
In the Catholic Church, martyrs will always have a special honor bestowed on them. But the Church does not forget the sacrifices of those that suffer a white martyrdom in the course of their lives, dealing with less dramatic situations that test our faith nonetheless.
A grand total of twelve facilities managed by Caritas are being operated on a strict “closed circuit” preventive management regime. The measure, which affects 1,700 workers and patients, aims to prevent the potential spread of Covid-19 among vulnerable groups. The transition to the closed-loop management plan required sacrifices, both financial and human. Caritas secretary-general Paul Pun claims, nevertheless, that the confinement of nursing homes is a necessary evil.
Caritas Macau aims to better understand the needs of its Anglophone population with the help of a survey to be conducted until the end of June.
Earlier this month, Caritas Macau launched a fundraising campaign with the aim of supporting populations that were forcibly displaced by the conflict in Ukraine. The donations should strengthen Caritas’ response capacity in Ukraine and in neighboring countries. More than three million Ukrainian refugees have fled their home country.
Caritas Macau has launched a fundraising campaign to help the population of Afghanistan, a nation that is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe. The charity drive lasts for the next three months. The donations raised will be sent to Caritas Internationalis.