Caritas South Africa was founded in 1970 in response to the poverty of the population during apartheid. Widespread poverty and inequality remain serious problems in the country, which also has one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world.
Caritas South Africa focuses on social justice, peace and reconciliation, human development and climate change. It is committed to enabling people of all faiths, origins, and backgrounds to realize their full potential and contribute to the common good.
Among its most important programs:
Capacity building to meet local needs and actively involve local communities in decision-making and development processes.
Early childhood development to improve care for young children (0-6 years) affected by poverty, harmonize and improve the quality of services for young children in poor communities, and strengthen democratic and governance structures.
Economic strengthening to enable vulnerable groups to have access to viable work, such as artisanal activities for unemployed women.
Food security and sustainable livelihoods to support new small farmers and family heads.
Encourage action for community care and empowerment to reduce the socio-economic effects and health problems (mental, spiritual, physical) of vulnerable groups.
Given the xenophobic attacks in South Africa, the need to integrate asylum seekers and migrants into South African communities has taken on new importance.
In light of this situation, the peacebuilding and social cohesion program has opened a dialogue between the various stakeholders. Another example: the Peace Cup in soccer to encourage solidarity and non-violence, regardless of geographical boundaries and social classes.
Caritas South Africa partners with other organizations such as Lima Rural Development Foundation, the Japanese Embassy, National Lotto Funds, Irish Aid, Motsepe Foundation, First National Bank and DG Murray Trust.