Caritas Denmark is one of the small organizations in this international family. Many of our sister organisations also engage in relief work nationally, but Caritas Denmark concentrates its effort outside of Denmark. With an annual turnover of EUR 5 Million (2008) Caritas Denmark is a medium-sized aid NGO, working with both emergency relief and development.
Caritas Denmark’s vision is a world where peace and justice prevail, where the dignity of the individual human being is recognized as fundamental, and where the Creation of God is perceived as a common good.
Caritas Denmark’s mission is to work in solidarity for and with human beings in order to eliminate suffering and its causes.
Caritas Denmark works with long-term development aid according to the principle of helping people so that they can help themselves. Our aim is to reach the world’s poorest human beings, who are often people who try to survive by cultivating a small depleted piece of land and who, in addition to that, are discriminated against by their own authorities. Our collaboration with these people works in two ways. First of all, they learn how to organise themselves in small groups and they learn about their rights and obligations as human beings and valid citizens of their respective countries. This encourages them to contact the authorities for instance in order to get the agricultural help that they are entitled to. Secondly, we collaborate with them to develop sustainable agriculture in order to ensure a good subsistence foundation. This involves organic farming, soil improvement, new crops and more efficient farming methods. Organic farming ensures the greatest food supply security and the best long-term financial situation. Caritas Denmark collaborates with poor communities in Bolivia, Uganda, North-East India and Niger.
Caritas Denmark also helps people who are affected by natural disasters or violent conflicts, in particular the most vulnerable groups of people such as children, mothers, the old, the sick and the disabled. Relief is normally offered through our local sister organisations who are already present in the area. This ensures prompt access to information on crisis situations, efficient relief aid to casualties even in remote areas, assistance in all parts of the world, and close collaboration with the local population in the relief effort. Emergency relief can go to refugees who need food, clothing and shelter. They also need medical care, and schooling for their children must be ensured. This type of aid is granted to refugees from Burma, Iraq and Darfur. At other times, emergency relief is given in connection with natural disasters in for instance India and Sri Lanka after the Tsunami. Relief aid can also be in the form of assistance to people stricken by political conflict, e.g. in Zimbabwe.