Caritas Bangladesh

Basic Informations

Caritas was founded in 1967 as the eastern branch of Caritas Pakistan. Following the cyclone of November 1970 it was re-organised and became known as CORR (Christian Organisation for Relief and Rehabilitation) and took on the character of a national organisation on January 13, 1971. The name Caritas was re-introduced in 1976.

Caritas Bangladesh has its Central Office in Dhaka. There are eight Regional (or Diocesan) Offices in Barishal, Chattogram, Dhaka, Dinajpur, Khulna, Mymensingh, Rajshahi and Sylhet. In all these places Caritas is operational in Integrated Development, Disaster Management and Human Resource Development, under a central management. Caritas restricts itself at present to 208 upazilas (sub-districts) for integrated human development work. During emergencies, such as natural disasters, Caritas is operational in any part of the country.

Caritas Bangladesh is a member of the Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of 165 Caritas Member Organisations over 200 countries and territories.


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In the light of the Social Teachings of the Church, Caritas Bangladesh envisions a society which embraces the values of freedom, justice, peace and forgiveness allowing all to live as a communion and community of mutual love and respect.


Caritas Bangladesh tries to function in partnership with people – especially the poor and marginalized, with equal respect for all – to attain integral development, to live a truly human life in dignity and to serve others responsibly and with love.


Goal 1: Social Welfare and Community Development:

Improvement of the Quality of Life of the Extremely Poor and of the Vulnerable Communities.


    Create Employment and Promotion of Income, Food Security and Housing Condition of the Extremely Poor and of the Vulnerable Communities.
    Improve Socio-Economic Condition and Dignity of the Extremely Poor and of the Vulnerable Communities.


Goal 2: Quality Education:

Promote Education Rights and Inclusive Quality Education


    Ensure Easy Access to Education Conducive to Learning Environment for the Children of Disadvantaged Communities.
    Strengthen Quality Education Management.
    Promote Vocational/Technical Education.
    Promote Moral and Ethical Education.


Goal 3: Health Care and Education:

Improve Health Education, Care and Public Health Services


    Strengthen Primary Health Care.
    Strengthen Pro-Life Reproductive Health Education and Natural Family Planning.
    Ensure Quality and Equitable Access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).
    Empower communities to prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI), HIV and AIDS, TB, Leprosy and other communicable diseases.
    Strengthen prevention, treatment and aftercare services for drug addiction and sex abuse.


Goal 4: Disaster Management:

Strengthen Disaster Response and Community Resilience.


    Strengthen Emergency Response Mechanism.
    Strengthen Community for Enhancing Disaster Resilience.
    Mainstream Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) into Development and Emergency Response Plans, Strategies and Policies.


Goal 5: Ecological Conservation and Development:

Strengthen Ecological Sustainability.


    Strengthen Natural Resources Management and Biodiversity Conservation.
    Enhance Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change.
    Improve Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods.


Goal 6: Development of Indigenous Peoples:

Improvement of the Living Standards of the Indigenous Peoples.


    Improve the quality and dignity of lives of the indigenous peoples.
    Strengthen Traditional Social Organizations and Peoples’ Led Financial Institutions of Indigenous Peoples.
    Strengthen Capacity Regarding Land Retention and Development of Indigenous Peoples.


Major Activities

Charity and Compassion: Confronted by global poverty and suffering, our fundamental response is compassion rooted in love. Following Catholic Social Teaching, we make a preferential option for the poor, extreme poor and our brothers and sisters in need. We do not accept the suffering of our needy brothers and sisters as granted: we recognize their dignity and gracefulness in enduring suffering, and we are determined to take action to alleviate it.

Hope: Our hope is inspired by Christian faith and the strength and resourcefulness of our brothers and sisters whom we serve, and we rely on the natural resources of our land. We ardently believe that by working together, we can have a better world where all are able to enjoy fullness of life.

Dignity: We believe in the intrinsic dignity of every person and that all women and men are equal, and that everyone is responsible to one another according to proper family and social relationship. We work with all people regardless of race, gender, religion, social status or politics.

Justice: We believe that the root causes of poverty and misery of our majority people is deeply rooted in the unbalanced economic, social, political and cultural structures, and that every person has a right to necessary gifts of life. We work to transform economic, social, political and cultural structures that are opposed to a just society. Caritas listens to the voice of brothers and sisters in need and enables them to speak for their well-being.

Partnership: We uphold the principle of subsidiarity to build links between communities within the country acknowledging that all receive as well as give. We work within and beyond our Catholic community seeking justice to change unjust situations in our country for the good of all.

Solidarity: We work to enhance solidarity with the people of all faiths, especially with our disadvantaged brothers and sisters, seeing the world through their eyes, and recognising the interdependence of the human family.

Stewardship: We believe the planet and all its resources are entrusted to humankind and seek to act in an environmentally responsible way as true stewards of creation.

Peace: We believe peace requires respect for and the development of human life, which in turn involves the caring for and safeguarding of the goods, dignity, freedom and responsibility of people. Peace is the fruit of justice and is dependent upon right order among human beings.

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2, Outer circular road, Shantibagh,
Phone: 880-2-48315405-9 ;
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