Caritas in Karaganda
The Catholic charitable organization Caritas has been assisting the needy in Kazakhstan for more than twenty years.
The first National Caritas was established in Karaganda by Decree of September 22, 1997 by Archbishop Jan Paul Lenga.
On August 11, 1998, the National Caritas was officially registered as a Public Fund. On June 13, 2001, Caritas was opened in Astana.
The first director of the National Caritas Kazakhstan was appointed Fr. Adelio Dell’Oro. Then the duties of director in different years performed by Janusz Volni and Fr. Janusz Marek Potok. From 2018 to the present, the Karaganda Caritas is headed by Fr. Zbignev Grygortsevich.
Who we help
Every year hundreds of Karaganda residents receive support from Caritas. Help is provided to those who need it, regardless of nationality or religious belief.
Among the charitable programs implemented by Caritas in Karaganda, social assistance has a special place. The poor are provided with material assistance in the form of clothes and food, a fundraising is organized in support the elderly, patients are assisted purchasing medicines and paying for treatment, as well as issuing crutches, wheelchairs and walkers to those in need.
Outbound camps are being organized for children and young people, classes are held during the holidays, money is collected for the purchase of school supplies for children from low-income and large families.
As a part of the social adaptation programs, computer literacy courses, English language courses, Kinesthetic, training for the care for people with impaired movement, psychological and legal assistance, and work with volunteers are offered free of charge.
The main program addressed to migrants is financial assistance from the Embassy of Poland for people in need of Polish origin, as well as assistance in returning repatriated to their homeland.
Who helps us
Caritas in Kazakhstan cooperates with such charitable organizations as COR UNUM, CRS, Renovabis, Kirche in not, National Caritas in Italy, Slovakia, Belgium and the Netherlands, the Polish Tarnovsky parish, the Polish pharmaceutical company Polpharma, ASA (the spouses of ambassadors in Astana), and also with the Embassies of different countries represented in Kazakhstan.
It should be noted that the International Day of Charity, established by the United Nations and dedicated to the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, is celebrated annually around the world on September 5. There is a similar holiday in Kazakhstan – Thanksgiving Day, which was established by the Decree of the Head of State dated January 14, 2016 and is celebrated on March 1, the day of the founding of the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan.
For more detail information about Caritas in Karaganda, please visit the official site https://www.caritaskaraganda.com/