Caritas aims to reduce the incidence and impact of poverty in Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world. There is no single solution to poverty and it can take many forms. Each response must be context-specific and often multifaceted. Caritas’ approach places people at the centre of development and seeks the good of every person and the whole person. It is community based, and recognises the importance of family and community in a person’s life.
Caritas works in partnership with grassroots organisations to address the causes of poverty and injustice in their communities and work towards social transformation and ecological sustainability. We work with farming cooperatives, marae, women’s producer groups, vocational training centres, schools, health clinics, and church communities.
We help to improve skills and knowledge, provide access to financial services, support the marketing of locally-made products, provide processing equipment, help with irrigation and access to water, expand healthcare services and empower people to identify community needs and find solutions.