Caritas Tajikistan is a humanitarian and development organization that represents the socio-pastoral services of the Catholic Church in Tajikistan. It is the helping hand of the Church – reaching out to the poor, vulnerable and excluded, regardless of race or religion, to build a world based on justice and fraternal love.
Caritas Tajikistan has started its activity as a parish charity organization in 1983. In 2004 Caritas Tajikistan was formalized by the founder — Dushanbe Catholic Church. The organization has opened office in April 2007 by the financial support of CRS.
Caritas Tajikistan provides development and humanitarian support for vulnerable population of Tajikistan.
Today our portfolio includes projects in water and sanitation, social support, health and emergency.
Caritas Tajikistan is the social concern of the Catholic Church in this country. Thou a humanitarian organization, it keeps with the Church's values and with her understanding of the human condition.
In Deus Caritas Est, his encyclical about love of neighbor (that's the meaning of the Latin word Caritas) Pope Benedict XVI established some principles and guidelines that clearly convey our mission and identity. We see our mission in Tajikistan as “the expression of a love that seeks to promote man in the various arenas of life and human activity... in order to attend constantly to man's sufferings and his needs” (n. 19).
For us, “charity is not a kind of welfare activity which could equally well be left to others, but is a part of the Church's nature, an indispensable expression of her very being” (n. 25). “Building a just social and civil order, wherein each person receives what is his or her due, is an essential task which every generation must take up anew.”
Caritas “cannot and must not take upon herself the political battle to bring about the most just society possible. She cannot and must not replace the State. Yet at the same time she cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice.” … Yet the promotion of justice through efforts to bring about openness of mind and will to the demands of the common good is something which concerns the Church deeply” (n. 28).
Thou development is the key to progress and social wellbeing, “Christian charity is first of all the simple response to immediate needs and specific situations: feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, caring for and healing the sick, visiting those in prison, etc.” (n. 30). No place to disregard “assistencial” work.
Our charitable activity “must be independent of parties and ideologies. It is not a means of changing the world ideologically, and it is not at the service of worldly stratagems, but it is a way of making present here and now the love which man always needs” (n. 30).
Caritas Tajikistan is a church-related humanitarian organization and we have no desire to hide our identity, drawn upon Christian values; however, “Charity cannot be used as a means of engaging in what is nowadays considered proselytism. Love is free; it is not practiced as a way of achieving other ends... Those who practice charity in the Church's name will never seek to impose the Church's faith upon others.” (n. 30-31)
Caritas Tajikistan works to create an equitable, just, peaceful, democratic and pluralistic society where people respect each other and work together without any discrimination of caste, creed, race, ethnicity, and sex to realize the fundamental and universal principles of Human Rights and where the oppressed and marginalized people, empowered through animation and people’s organization, are able to achieve integral human development and become agents of social transformation.