CHARIS is an umbrella organisation whose key affiliates are Catholic organisations and groups undertaking overseas humanitarian work. Our programmes include the following:
Humanitarian Aid Fund (HAF)
CHARIS has established a Humanitarian Aid Fund that can be used to provide grants and support to organisations and groups helping those in need in humanitarian and disaster situations.
CHARIS coordinates the Church’s response and provides direct support in major disasters.
CHARIS promotes volunteerism for overseas humanitarian work and helps to recruit and match volunteers for overseas humanitarian trips.
CHARIS works with its affiliates to enhance their capacity through training, networking and resource sharing.
CHARIS fosters the collaboration of overseas humanitarian work within as well as outside the Archdiocese. It maintains links with the other overseas humanitarian agencies in Singapore, the Caritas international network and other relevant organisations in the region.
CHARIS provides several platforms, including this online portal to promote the dissemination of the social mission message and the matching of needs and resources for overseas humanitarian work.
Formation and Mission Trips
CHARIS provides specific support to groups undertaking overseas humanitarian work through shared best practices, formation materials and resources and other logistical support. It also organises selected mission trips.
Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives, Singapore (CHARIS) is the umbrella body for overseas humanitarian aid by the Archdiocese of Singapore. Humanitarian situations cover natural disasters and other adverse circumstances faced by the poor and needy, especially in developing countries in the region. CHARIS is a member of Caritas Singapore. It was launched on 20 August 2010 by His Grace, Archbishop Nicholas Chia.