World Humanitarian Day
18 August 2019
On World Humanitarian Day - 19 August - we celebrate the compassion of the local aid workers, volunteers and Church leaders who are responding to humanitarian emergencies all over the world.
Thanks to your support, we have responded to disasters and emergencies in more than 20 countries over the last year, including:
- Ebola outbreak in DR Congo
- Food crisis in Zimbabwe
- Conflict in Yemen
- Rohingya Crisis, helping refugees in Bangladesh
- Conflict in South Sudan
- Tsunami and earthquake in Indonesia
- Syria crisis, responding in Lebanon, Jordan and inside of Syria
- Cyclone Idai in Mozambique and Zimbabwe
- Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines
- Flooding in Kerala, India
- People forced from their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo
- Venezuelan refugees in Colombia, Brazil and Peru
- Easter Sunday church attacks in Sri Lanka
We have also responded to emergencies and conflicts in Nigeria, Sudan, Colombia, Kenya, Afghanistan, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Myanmar and Greece.
Because we work through our local church and non-Church networks we are able to provide aid in remote areas that many agencies struggle to reach. And because we’re part of Caritas International – a coalition of 165 Catholic agencies around the world – our network has local expertise in almost every country in the world.
Today, on World Humanitarian Day, we celebrate the courage and compassion of our local aid workers who are on the front line of these emergencies – the local aid experts, volunteers and priests who do everything in their power to ensure that aid gets through to those who need it most.