Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives, Singapore (CHARIS) is the umbrella body for overseas humanitarian aid by the Archdiocese of Singapore. CHARIS is a member of Caritas Singapore and was launched on 20 August 2010 by His Grace, Archbishop Nicholas Chia. CHARIS was ratified as full member of Caritas Internationalis during the Caritas Internationalis General Assembly on May 2019.
Humanitarian situations cover natural disasters and other adverse circumstances faced by the poor and needy, especially in developing countries in the region. Aid provided by CHARIS includes funding, medical aid and volunteers for immediate relief as well as the long-term support of those displaced and in need.
Inspired by the Catholic faith, CHARIS is the helping hand of the Church in Singapore — reaching out to the poor, regardless of race or religion, to build a world based on justice and fraternal love.
As one Body in Christ, to inspire, unite and enable the Catholic Community in Singapore, to love and serve our neighbours in the region through humanitarian aid and disaster response.