The COMPASS team consists of members of Caritas Austria, Meki Catholic Secretariat (Ethiopia), Solidarity with South Sudan (South Sudan), Caritas Tambacounda (Senegal) and OCADES Caritas Kaya (Burkina Faso). Caritas Austria has had well established partnerships with the other team organizations for around 10-15 years.
The first Caritas congresses were held in Austria in the early years of the 20th century. Even before the First World War, it was decided to found Caritas associations in Austria based on the German model in order to coordinate emergency assistance. In its early years, Caritas Austria mostly dedicated its work to emergency relief.
The core mission of Caritas Austria is to see and act against hardship and to stand up for people whose voice is not heard. This means respecting and protecting human life from beginning to end and helping people in distress, regardless of their background, religion or gender.
There are more than 1.600 places in Austria where Caritas helps people in need: this concerns nursing, supporting people with disabilities, hospices, social counseling centers, support for families in need or elderly people.
Caritas Austria is supporting several hundred aid projects worldwide. In its development cooperation, Caritas Austria focusses on food & nutritional security and long-term livelihood, as well as on children in need and on education. Because hardship has a different face in every country, Caritas Austria is involved in the international Caritas network for its work abroad.
Meki Catholic Secretariat
Meki Apostolic Vicariate is one of 13 dioceses of the Ethiopian Catholic Church. It administers its functions through Meki Catholic Secretariat (MCS) which has been operational since 1995 and works to ensure holistic, integral sustainable social development for the disadvantaged. It stands to empower the poor, marginalized and disadvantaged communities. It promotes resilience, empowerment and self-sufficiency of communities. Meki Catholic Secretariat has established long year partnerships with different international NGOs, donors as well as with the government and local institutions.
The Ethiopian Catholic Church Social Development Commission Coordination office of Meki aims at delivering proximate community service, therefore it operates via different branches. Through these branches, it runs around 20 development projects & programmes reaching out to about 140 513 households.
The major areas that ECC-SDCCOM projects work on are basic education, health, HIV/AIDS, Cooperative development, Productive Safety Net Programme (focusing on chronic food insecure households), carbon reduction, other food security programs/projects, recovery, emergency relief, girls gain, social rehabilitation centers (children home), water, sanitation and hygiene projects, and migrant returnee and potential migrant capacity building project.
OCADES Caritas Burkina – Diocese of Kaya
OCADES Kaya is a diocesan Caritas in Burkina Faso, founded in 2001, and is member of the national OCADES structure. Its vision is to strengthen a real spirit of love, charity and solidarity within Burkina Faso by a pastoral strategy based on development actions.
Its objective is to promote the integral development of every human being. Its main intervention sectors are: agriculture, livestock, access to basic social services, humanitarian aid and support for the most vulnerable people such as elderly people and people with disabilities.
Caritas Tambacounda, Senegal
The diocesan Caritas Tambacounda, member of the national Caritas of Senegal, was founded in 1982.
Caritas Tambacounda’s priority intervention areas are food security, water management, hygiene and sanitation, women’s promotion, education and literacy programmes and advocacy on good governance in the regions of Tambacounda and Kedougou.
Caritas Tambacounda works with different partners and donors from different parts of the world.
Solidarity with South Sudan
Solidarity with Southern Sudan was established in 2006 in South Sudan, supported by an administrative and funding support office in Rome and an administrative office in Juba. The aim is to help improve the basic infrastructure of South Sudan in partnership with the local Catholic Church. This is done through the establishment and development of teacher’s training, health training institutes, delivery of pastoral services and an agricultural component to bring people back to farming.
The overall goal of the Solidarity involvement in agriculture is better education in health, nutrition and good agrarian practices to assist and empower the people. Agricultural practices shall become self-sustainable. Solidarity has also initiated a sustainable agricultural project at the Solidarity Teacher Training College at Yambio in order to educate those in teacher training in farming methods that can supplement their income in their local communities and help them to introduce respective methods to their students.