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Caritas destined $1.6 billion to projects in Haiti and Sudan

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Caritas Internationalis is funded by private donations, governments and international groups. Their secretary general says begins collecting funds as soon as a begin hearing of a humanitarian emergency. 


MICHEL ROY 
Secretary General, Caritas Internationalis 
"Emergencies, many times, are a big opportunity for raising funds. That will be very useful in helping people to recover from the disaster, but hidden emergencies or forgotten emergencies may be as dire. At last, too many emergencies are just forgotten and no body takes care anymore, it's difficult to raise funds for them.” 

The person in charge at Caritas Internationalis also highlights that, due to the economic crisis gripping Europe, the source of donations has changed. For example, Caritas Paraguay recently launched a program to raise funds for Africa. 

MICHEL ROY 
Secretary General, Caritas Internationalis 
"So there is less money in the North, more difficult to find. That is the effect of the crisis, but the emerging countries, emerging economies, are helping others so there is more balance. There will be more balance. The Latin Americans call this cooperation fraternal. This sense of community, of being one with the church, one human family, is growing, because donor and receiver is more balanced.” 

Caritas Internationalis, as a Catholic organization, differs from other NGO's, especially in the way they help people. 

MICHEL ROY 
Secretary General, Caritas Internationalis 
"Money is something important of course. When you don't have anything to eat you need to buy or receive food. But what is more important, even in the present, is that you have with the people restore hope, heal the suffering. That is, no money is present, and I think this is an element that's very specific, specially of Caritas.” 

In 2012, Caritas responded to 44 humanitarian emergencies. Currently, their focus is on the Sahel region in western Africa, with 18 million people without food; Sudan and South Sudan; the areas affected by flooding in Bangladesh and northeast India; and Syria, where 1.5 million people were displaced due to the ongoing civil war in that country. 


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