Tsunami still on Caritas agenda

Caritas officials from those counties most devastated by last year's Tsunami in Southeast Asia are in Rome today and tomorrow for a strategy meeting aimed at strengthening ongoing, multi-million dollar efforts to re-build homes and communities.

Officials from India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand will be at Caritas Internationalis (CI) headquarters to meet with scores of other Caritas agencies from around the world that have contributed to the Confederation's Tsunami emergency operation.

CI has raised some $A586 million as a key part of the Catholic Church's commitment to "accompany" the people of the affected areas.

Among the more than 60 participants at the gathering next Tuesday and Wednesday will be representatives from donor agencies in various countries of Europe, the Americas, and Asia.

The two-day meeting will discuss effective ways to continue constructing earthquake-resistant houses and community infrastructure, creating jobs, and providing social assistance. It will also look at specific challenges such as land purchases for new housing and plans for marking the first anniversary of the 26 December 2004 tsunami.

Caritas Officials On Front Lines of Tsunami Relief Efforts to Meet in Rome (Caritas Internationalis 16/9/05)

20 Sep 2005