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    » 08/23/2010, 00.00

    SINGAPORE - PAKISTAN

    Aid to Pakistan, first commitment of the newly founded Charis Singapore

    Jeremy Lim

    50 thousand US dollars, 800 water filters; 10 000 blankets to the flood victims of Pakistan. Being the "Good Samaritan".

    Singapore (AsiaNews) – A newly founded humanitarian organization of the Catholic Church has already launched its first project: Emergency Aid for flood victims in Pakistan.   Charis (Humanitarian Aid Relief Initiatives Caritas Singapore) is an umbrella organization that brings together all the humanitarian efforts of the Catholic Church abroad and was inaugurated on August 20 by Mgr. Nicholas Chia, Archbishop of the city.

    "I think - said the archbishop - that as a Church of Singapore can do much more to help our neighbours in other countries. As Jesus said in the parable, let us go and do likewise as the good Samaritan "

    Charis aims to respond to disasters and humanitarian needs, as a sign of the missionary commitment in society. It will collect funds, medical aid, volunteers for projects in the short term and long term.

    The executive director of Charis, Stephen Phoon said that for the Pakistan relief efforts, Charis will send 50 thousand US dollars, 800 water filters and 10,000 blankets.

    In the city-state, Charis hopes to be a point of reference and communication, to recruit and train volunteers to prepare them for humanitarian trips abroad. So far 14 Catholic organizations have joined.

    Charis will take the place of the Archdiocesan Crisis Coordination Team, which was also operational abroad, but with much more limited purposes. Charis is part of Caritas Singapore. "Charis - said president Willie Cheng - is the International arm of Caritas Singapore, which is instead committed to the social mission here in Singapore."   The name "Charis means "grace" in Greek. Its website: www.charis-singapore.org.

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    05/08/2010 PAKISTAN
    Pakistan, Caritas commitment to flood victims
    Caritas, active from the first hours after the disaster, is working to distribute basic necessities to families affected by floods. According to the UN at least 4 million people are involved in the cataclysm.

    13/11/2009 PHILIPPINES
    Typhoons: 300 thousand Filipino families still need help
    Church and Catholic organizations provide food to the flood affected population. So far a total of 1.6 million spent. Archbishop of Manila: "Do not just pray for the flood victims, we must comfort them and help them start over."

    25/08/2010 PAKISTAN
    Church of Pakistan against floods: a day of prayer and engagement with Muslims
    The appeal of the Pakistani bishops and an invitation to collaboration between Christians and Muslims. In Faisalabad and Gojra (where there was a massacre of Christians) the two communities collect funds and aid for flood victims. The dioceses most affected Hyderabad, Multan, Rawalpindi and Quetta. Young people help brick manufacturers who have lost homes and jobs. News of discrimination.

    19/11/2010 PAKISTAN
    A German Mother Teresa among the flood victims of Pakistan
    In Pakistan, they call her the new "Mother Teresa" because she takes care of the poor and forgotten, the lepers and - these days - the flood victims of the Hindu minority.

    21/09/2010 PHILIPPINES
    Caritas second hand gift shops in Manila to support the poor
    The initiative is a call for people not to throw money away in shopping for Christmas gifts. Located in the main districts of the capital, Caritas shops sell new and used items donated by manufacturers and generous people. Profits are intended to support projects for the poor, prisoners and flood victims in Manila.



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