Partnership with Govt. boosts aid in seven countries

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is encouraging people to help make the most of a partnership with the Government, to assist people in seven countries across the Pacific and south-east Asia.

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand chief executive Mena Antonio

“Thanks to our partnership with the New Zealand Government, for every dollar you donate to He Oranga Taurikura, NZ Aid will give three dollars. So one becomes four. This is an incredible opportunity to donate to a great cause with maximum impact,” Caritas explained in a June 14 media statement.

Over the next five years, through He Oranga Taurikura, a programme supported by the New Zealand Aid Programme, Caritas will work closely with partners to create thriving lives in Fiji, Kiribati, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Timor Leste and Cambodia.

Caritas is continuing its work among the most remote and marginalised communities throughout the Pacific and beyond, as it embarks on its second year of “He Oranga Taurikura” or A Thriving Life programme of work.

This programme includes activities such as disaster risk reduction, farming resilience, management of water sustainability and improving education, with a focus on girls and women, refugees and migrants, and indigenous peoples. The New Zealand Government, through NZ Aid, is supporting this work in creating thriving lives with nine partners in the seven countries.

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand chief executive Mena Antonio said, “Our established and trusted relationship with the communities in these countries has enabled our partners to take the lead in shaping programmes of work, many through using their knowledge of local conditions and culture that will see their communities thrive.”

“In the last week, we have had our programme designs for Kiribati, PNG and Tonga approved, which will see us at full capacity in our programmes’ work, which we have planned together with each of our partners”, Ms Antonio said.

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