Emergencies can strike at any time, overwhelming the most vulnerable people and leaving them with nothing. Caritas acts fast to save lives and livelihoods in emergencies and disasters.
Caritas has a unique worldwide network of more than 160 member organizations among which is Caritas Nigeria. In Nigeria Caritas\JDPC is a network of 54 Diocesan development and humanitarian organization. Caritas Nigeria is gaining in experience and skills to respond efficiently and effectively to situations. Its strong roots – put down over decades – means Caritas is there both before the emergency and afterwards.
Caritas looks into the future, investing in its emergency preparedness and response skills to face emergencies like floods or droughts. It is energetically focused on disaster risk reduction – which means taking steps to lessen the harm done by repeated natural disasters in the same country or area.
Caritas also forges dialogue to prevent the conflicts which cause suffering and loss and works to transform active conflicts into peaceful settlements.
Responding to emergencies is a core mandate of Caritas Nigeria. Emergency and Humanitarian Response (EHR) interventions are usually designed and implemented together with the local Caritas in the affected areas. There are 55 Local (Diocesan) Caritas offices spread across the country. Caritas Nigeria has recently implemented food security programs (using cash transfers and food voucher distribution) in four states in the Sahel region of Northern Nigeria, flood relief activities in Delta, Edo, Anambra, Imo and Cross River States, and distribution of humanitarian assistance (food and non-food items) to victims of conflict in Plateau and Nasarawa States. Caritas works closely with the Office of the UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Assistance and provides regular updates to them on the different humanitarian response activities implemented across the Caritas network.