Focus

Current Issues

Here you will find texts referring to the topics which Caritas is currently focusing on in Germany.

Junge Leute bei einer Demo / Udo Gottschalk/youngcaritas

Insights

Young, refreshingly unconventional and always right where the action is

20-year-old Tabea feels slightly uneasy ringing the doorbell of complete strangers in Berlin-Kreuzberg. She wants engage them in a conversation. The subject: open society. One of many projects of these committed to youngcaritas: finding out how people are faring with regard to living together. more

Gruppenbild / Birgit Betzelt/DCV

Initiative

Door opener project helps refugees find jobs

Integration works when people become co-workers. And people who have only just arrived in Germany don’t yet have a network or connections. That’s why in November 2016 the digital project week “Become a door opener” was started, an initiative of the German Caritas Association. more

Junge Schülerinnen mit Kopftuch / Pieter-Jan DePue/Caritas-international

Caritas international

What is the impact of our humanitarian aid?

In emergency relief services, it is often necessary to act at a moment’s notice. How is it nevertheless possible to plan and control the impact? How can it be ensured that humanitarian aid achieves the desired positive results? And how is it possible to measure long-term improvement following humanitarian action? more

Ein älterer Mann und ein kleiner Junge in einem Zelt. / Caritas international/Christian Laas

Insights

A worldwide band of solidarity in refugee relief

Caritas is a global, cross-border solidarity movement, and this is most apparent in its refugee relief. Caritas supports people in flight in their local regions, in neighbouring and transit countries and in Germany. more

Flüchtlingsspot / DCV

Insights

On the way to a Caritas community on the web

Communication is becoming more and more digital. Since 2009, the German Caritas Association has been increasing its use of social media, and a socially empowered online community has been growing. A video on refugees showed the association just how far its reach may be. more

Andre Bonn, Fotolia

Current Issue

When energy is not affordable: health and wellbeing impacts of energy poverty

Many European households are too poor to heat their homes sufficiently, especially in countries like Bulgaria or Lithuania. That’s a high risk, as studies show: Fuel poverty has serious effects on physical as well as mental well-being. more

Aufnahme eines Asylbewerbers in einem Asylbewerberheim durch einen Mitarbeiter der Caritas / Deutscher Caritasverband / KNA

Focus

What does Caritas do for refugees in Germany?

Caritas is there for everyone who needs special protection and support. This includes people who have been forced to flee their homelands. Caritas offers these people help, represents their interest in the world of politics and in the public sphere, and works towards a peaceful and open society. more

Eine Frau erzählt ihren Gesprächspartnern etwas / Foto: Phil Dera

gender equality

Equality in leadership

Around 80 per cent of those employed by Caritas are female, but men dominate the leadership positions. With the project “Equality in leadership” and the initiative “A matter for management”, the German Caritas organisation is championing a more balanced ratio of men and women in leadership positions. more

Mann und Frau auf Sofa / DCV/Margit Wild

International aid

Help for refugees

It is the greatest refugee tragedy since the Second World War: The wars in Iraq and Syria are the cause of unimaginable suffering that doesn’t stop at the border. The German Caritas relief organisations support people directly in their countries and in neighbouring countries. more

Changes

City – Countryside – Future

Demographic change has long since become reality in the countryside. Bus connections are being thinned out, grocery shops are closing their doors, and there are no successors for doctors’ practices. But even here there are new ideas to be found, and the German Caritas organisation is pooling these ideas in its campaign. more

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