Caritas–Hong Kong (Caritas) was founded in July 1953 by the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong. The primary purpose of its establishment was to offer relief and rehabilitation services to the poor and the distressed, with the aim of addressing some of the social hardships and inequalities in Hong Kong resulting from the Second World War and subsequent social and political changes at the time.

Since its modest beginning in 1953, Caritas has persisted in its efforts to help people strive for self-development and self-reliance. As a multi-service organization, Caritas has continuously developed and modified its services in response to Hong Kong's changing needs. The wide-ranging services provided by Caritas include social work services, education, medical care, community development and hospitality.

Today Caritas continues to serve the community through over 240 service units from about 140 locations. It has more than 5,300 full time staff and receives ongoing support from over 12,000 volunteers. The annual budget for recurrent expenditure exceeds HK$ 1.8 billion. Although the Government provides funding for some of the services, Caritas largely relies on the fees and subsidies from those who participate in and use the services, and on the donations and fund-raising campaigns throughout the territory. Caritas receives contributions from the Community Chest and actively participates in its fund-raising activities. The support from private sources precludes a total dependence on the Government for funds. Thus, the degree of flexibility achieved enables assistance to be extended to other worthy causes or to the unaided.

The policy, the hard work of our staff, the devotion of our volunteers, the abiding faith of the aided, and the unyielding support of our donors, all contribute to the great but quiet success of Caritas which has won praise and support from both the Government and the community at large.

Caritas–Hong Kong is a member of Caritas Internationalis, a federation of 165 Caritas organizations operating in over 200 countries throughout the world. Each Caritas organization is committed to a united world without poverty, societies without divisions, equality among communities and a civilisation of love and solidarity.

  

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