Caritas India was established in 1962 and is headquartered in New Delhi. It is the official development arm of the Catholic Church in India and works with 250 NGO partners to reach out to millions of poor and marginalized communities without any discrimination of caste, religion, or ethnicity. It focuses on emergency aid, community development, reconstruction, and natural resource management. Caritas India is a member of Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of more than 160 member organizations working in nearly 200 countries.
Its major programs are:
Human and Institutional Development Services (HIDS): Caritas India builds the capacities of partner organizations to effectively implement and respond to emerging demands by providing quality services. They conduct a Development Dynamic Course (DCC) every year for the professional orientation and capacity building of NGO personnel on various dimensions of the development sector. In FY15, two such courses were conducted, wherein 69 participants from India and other South Asian countries participated.
Natural Resource Management & Livelihood: Caritas India is committed to support marginalized rural communities in managing their natural resources. In FY15, Caritas India worked with 88,437 families across the country on natural resources management, building resilience to climate change, improving food security, and earning their livelihood in a dignified manner.
Urban Poverty: Caritas India is working with 5,000 rag picker families of Kolkata and Delhi for efficiently managing issue based interventions for getting access to basic entitlements like Public Distribution System and other government programs. The program focuses on drinking water, sanitation, and health services through community based organizations. Through this program they have helped widows apply for pension, and students apply for minority scholarships.
Community Health: Caritas India partners with the government and civil society organizations with the aim of bridging gaps in healthcare services. The Link Worker Scheme (LWS) in Gujarat reaches out to 64,700 families in 12 districts. The LWS program established and sustained the rural community's access to various public health services pertaining to prevention and treatment of HIV, TB, and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and creating an enabling environment for PLHIVs and their families.
Income Rs115 cr
Expense Rs113 cr
Source : Audit Report 2015
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