Caritas Pacific Islands, known as CEPAC Commission for Justice and Development (CCJD), was established in 1980 by the Pacific Catholic Bishops’ Conference to promote justice and development in the many dioceses of the Pacific Islands.
Caritas Pacific Islands is involved in programs on peace and peacebuilding, poverty alleviation, social development, human rights protection, and social justice education.
Caritas Pacific Islands was among the first organizations to send emergency aid after natural disasters. In 2009, after torrential rains caused massive flooding that swept away homes and bridges in the Pacific Islands, Caritas targeted vulnerable groups such as children, the elderly and women with food, clean water and household kits.
Caritas Pacific Islands particularly promotes respect for human rights and human dignity for all and seeks to develop an influential role in social justice and development.
The Caritas Pacific Islands Secretariat is located in Suva. It has 10 staff and 50 volunteers, and serves 16 archdioceses covering 19 Pacific island states and territories.
Caritas Pacific Islands became a member of Caritas Internationalis and Caritas Oceania in 1983.