As the official arm of overseas humanitarian aid in the Archdiocese of Singapore, Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives, Singapore (CHARIS) has responded to numerous disasters and humanitarian situations on behalf of the Catholic community in Singapore over the past months. Some examples shown in the video are covered below.

Floods in India and Bangladesh

To read more about how CHARIS has funded this cause, visit here.

Super Typhoon in the Philippines

CHARIS supported the Relief and Rehabilitation Unit - Archdiocese of Cebu with S$ 30,000 for improving water, sanitation and hygiene for some 144 survivors in Boljoon, Philippines. CHARIS has also funded this cause in other ways. Read about it here.

In December 2021, Typhoon Rai (locally known as Odette) hit the Philippines and devastated the southern and central regions of the archipelago. Extensive damage to infrastructure and agriculture was recorded, affecting houses, hospitals and schools. The official death toll exceeded 400.

Clean water in Sri Lanka

CHARIS supported Caritas SED-Galle with over S$ 18,000 for the upgrading of drinking water and sanitation facilities. More than 500 people have improved access to safe drinking water and better hygiene.

Through a needs assessment in the Diocese of Galle, Sri Lanka, low income households and marginalised communities were lacking access to safe drinking water and sanitary facilities.

Prolonged heat wave in India

To read more about how CHARIS has funded this cause, visit here.

These were made possible with the support of the Catholic community here in Singapore. To get involved, or to support CHARIS, click here.