The OCPH was created on March 7, 1986 and recognized on March 10, 1993 by the Guinean government as a “religious, non-political and non-profit” NGO.
Under the political regime of Sékou TOURE (1958-1984), the Church and its grassroots community were traumatized by the revolution, but despite the turmoil, the Church and its Christians as a whole valiantly resisted all pressures and organized themselves. Thus, from the advent of the Second Republic in 1984 to the present day, the Church has regained its freedom of expression and its life of faith.
Between 2009 and October 2011, OCPH/Caritas Guinea stopped its activities at the national level. Since December 2011, a process was undertaken with the support of Caritas Internationalis, which resulted in a project to revive and reorganize the national OCPH and strengthen governance at the diocesan and parish levels called the Caritas Guinea Forum.
With the general objective of contributing to the improvement of the living conditions of the populations for an integral human development, without any discrimination of ethnicity, religion or political affiliation, this organization has proven itself in several fields of emergency, humanitarian aid, community development and human promotion. Its strength lies in its experience and its vast network of volunteers throughout Guinea, but especially in the credibility of the Catholic Church and its proximity to 73 parishes distributed : 35 for the Archdiocese of Conakry, 21 for the Diocese of Kankan and 17 for the Diocese of N’Zérékoré.
Among its areas of activity and programs, food security, health, education, water and sanitation, community development, and peace building are some of the areas on which the experience of the Catholic Organization for Human Development has been progressively built over the years. Its intervention in the fight against the Ebola virus disease has further illustrated it as a credible partner in the eyes of international institutions (UNICEF, USAID, WFP).
The main partners of Caritas Guinea are: Caritas Internationalis, Caritas Italiana, Caritas Africa, Development and Peace, CRS-Guinea, Association Acquaria, CLMC, UNFPA, UNICEF, PRSF, WFP and Universal Consern.