|National||CARITAS JOINS COALITION OF SUPPORT FOR EAST TIMOR|
Caritas Australia is part of a comprehensive program of assistance for East Timor, that includes a coalition of politicians, business people and churches. The program was launched in Darwin on Wednesday.
Caritas National Director Tom Story said that despite the current violence in East Timor, including attacks on Caritas staff, efforts to assist those in need must continue.
"Whatever the outcome of the 8 August ballot on East Timor, the situation for those most in need will be desperte for some time. Caritas Australia's East Timor Appeal will provide vital assistance to the victims of violence and poverty," Mr Story said.
The appeal will fund a variety of programs including emergency relief for displaced persons; reconciliation and peace programs; development programs such as sustainable agriculture projects; and education and advocacy in Australia.
|3:24pm 21/5/99 / Caritas|