Turning compassion into action is one of the central tenets of the work of Caritas Australia, the Catholic Church’s international aid and development agency, and never more so than at Christmas. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus and rejoice in the hope this brings, we are mindful that for many of those most vulnerable to extreme poverty and injustice, every day is a challenge.
By choosing a Caritas Global Gift this year, you are helping to spread the message that together, as one global family, we are making the world a better place.
There are six Caritas Australia Global Gifts which encompass the range of Caritas Australia’s community development programs including food, healthcare, education and water, as well as the unique gift of emergency assistance. They range in price from $10 to $250.
Caritas Australia works in partnership with local communities in over 30 countries throughout the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Pacific and Australia.
Caritas Australia Senior Direct Marketing Coordinator, Eamon Sharkey, said the money raised through Global Gifts goes towards vital programs such as emergency assistance, which help to change lives of the most marginalised around the world.
“At Christmas as we celebrate Christ’s life, Global Gifts are a way of giving the gift of new life,” Mr Sharkey said.
“One gift at a time, Caritas Australia and our supporters are helping to alleviate poverty, enabling people to create healthier, happier futures for themselves, their children and communities.”
This year as Christmas approaches, the Gift of Emergency Response can make a difference to many families in the Middle East facing an uncertain future.
Children, in particular, are among the most affected by the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria. In Lebanon, Jordan and Syria, Caritas Australia is working through its partners with No Strings International, on a program for children and young people who are displaced, to overcome the trauma they have experienced through the crisis in Syria.
“This unique program helps change lives by enabling trained counsellors to use puppetry and films to help children and young people who have experienced trauma to talk about and work through their experiences,” Mr Sharkey said.
“Whether you decide to buy one Global Gift or many, I would like to thank you for your generosity on behalf of Caritas Australia, our global partners, and the communities whose lives you are touching. We are all so grateful that you have chosen to turn compassion into action.”
You can purchase a Global Gift at www.caritas.org.au/globalgifts or by calling 1800 024 413.