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he Social Ministry of Caritas in our continent, from the context of each country, is called to encourage, in the light of the Gospel and the Social Doctrine of the Church, the process of transformation of the reality of the peoples of America, with the the poor and marginalized playing a major role, to build, in harmony with creation, a just, fraternal and supportive society, a sign of the Kingdom of God.

We want a continent of solidarity, just, democratic and pluralistic, where public authorities are representative, transparent and participatory so that every man and woman can live in accordance with their dignity, have their basic needs met and use the resources of creation sustainably for the common good.
And, therefore, we want a Church that is a witness of Jesus in the world, poor, prophetic, and paschal, in continuous conversion, where the laity play an important role and that influences the historical processes of transformation to make the Kingdom of God present.

Identity and spirituality

Caritas is an organization of the Catholic Church, therefore living our identity and spirituality, in communion with all the pastoral ministries of the Church, is the heart and driving force of our work. In this way we strengthen the social dimension of evangelization, seeking to ingrain it in regional communion and local relevance."
To strengthen identity and spirituality, we are part of regional teams, made up of people from different countries. The teams are::

  • Identity, spirituality and parish animation.
  • Gender equity
  • Youth

Integral human development

For Caritas, development means building a world where we all live fully, coexisting peacefully, meeting our needs and living harmoniously with our planet. We focus on the root causes and multiple effects of poverty, and on bringing the empowered voices of communities into the policy process.
In a world full of challenges, Caritas' overall mission is to promote holistic human development, so that the women and men of the neediest communities are free to prosper and live in peace and dignity, in an environment that is responsibly and sustainably managed, in the interest of the whole human family.
And, of course, for humanity to develop integrally, it is necessary and urgent to take care of our common home.
The regional teams that will promote integral human development are:

  • Emergency risk management and administration of emergencies (MAGRE) and climate change
  • Integrated ecology
  • Livelihoods and food security
  • Elderly people

Mobility

Human mobility is a complex and dynamic phenomenon in the contemporary world. Caritas addresses its various dimensions with a comprehensive and compassionate approach, working to build a world where all people are treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their migration or displacement status.
Human mobility is a complex and dynamic phenomenon of the contemporary world. Caritas addresses its various dimensions with a comprehensive and compassionate approach, working to build a world where all people are treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their migratory or displacement situation. On different occasions, Pope Francis pronounced 4 verbs that summarize the Church's commitment to migrants and refugees: welcome, protect, promote and integrate. It is a commitment, starting from the Gospel, to guarantee support and assistance to all people, recognizing their intrinsic dignity and advocating for the protection of their fundamental rights.
This core is formed by the team::

  • Migration, displacement, victims of trafficking and refuge

Peace building

Caritas believes strongly in peace building and invests in conflict prevention and resolution programs in both practical and spiritual ways to save lives and the fruits of development.
Peacebuilding is not just the absence of war, but a joint effort - personal, community and societal - and requires the commitment of all. To fulfill this mission, it is also necessary to guarantee democracy, citizenship and human rights to all people.
Above all, Caritas changes attitudes to prevent the remnants of a conflict from becoming the flames of a war.
To seek actions that contribute to a culture of peace on the Latin American continent, this nucleus is formed by the team:

  • Democracy, Citizenship, Human Rights and Peace Building.

Our contribution to SDGs

The contribution of Caritas to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Latin America and the Caribbean, consists of knowing how the territorial actions of the National Caritas Social Pastoral Centers, reflected in the implementation of programs and projects, are interrelated with the 17 SDGs and their goals, identifying which tools were mainly used to advance in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

From there, our guiding question is: What is the contribution of National Caritas Social Ministries to the SDGs in Latin America and the Caribbean? For this purpose, a methodology was designed to recognize that Caritas could potentially contribute to 75.7% of the goals proposed by the United Nations.

What are the SDGs?

These are global goals adopted by the United Nations in 2015 to end poverty, take care of the common home and ensure in a time limit (proposed for 2030) that the entire human family lives in peace, equity, and solidarity.

A total of 17 SDGs were defined integrated into 3 dimensions: 1) Economic, 2) Social and 3) Dimension with the main rationale of "leaving no one behind", which implies zero poverty, zero hunger, zero discrimination, etc.

Our contribution to the SDGs

Caritas Social Ministries contribute to 88.2% of the Sustainable Development Goals (15 of 17 SDGs) and 48.5% of the goals defined by the United Nations (82 of 169 goals).

Caritas’ Social Ministries contribute mainly to the implementation of programs and projects to:

  • Promote partnership to achieve the goals (SDG 17)
  • End poverty (SDG 1)
  • Reduce inequalities (SDG 10)
  • Promote health and well-being (SDG 3)
  • Achieve zero hunger (SDG 2)

The main results of the "Caritas Contribution to the SDGs" can be looked up in a dynamic and interactive way in the link provided in this section. It will take you to Tableau Public so that you can consult by country, area, program or project and SDG. Therefore, the main questions we answer there are: How do the countries analyzed in the first group contribute to the SDGs? What were the main SDGs and targets? Which SDGs and targets does each country or program contribute to?

Interactive report

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