Address: Deutscher Caritasverband e.V., Caritas Germany, Karlstrasse 40
D-79104 Freiburg, Germany
Telephone: +49 761 200-0 Fax: +49 761 200-730
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The “Deutscher Caritasverband” (German Caritas Association) was founded in 1897. It gave rise to all other Caritas organisations worldwide. In 1916, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Germany declared it officially as the social wing of the Catholic Church in Germany.

After first focusing on social projects in its own country, Caritas Germany later implemented an international department which is involved in disaster response and supporting social programmes worldwide.

Caritas Germany supports relief and rehabilitation during and after disasters, supports (financially as well as advisory support) social programmes for disadvantaged children, for people with disabilities, for the empowerment of women, for elderly people, various other social programmes and peacebuilding activities in Germany and in 165 countries all over the world.

The social work of Caritas in Germany is organised and coordinated by 27 diocesan Caritas organisations guided by its headquarter in the city of Freiburg. Caritas has more than half a million staff working in Germany and about half a million volunteers. The international department of Caritas Germany is working with a staff of about 100.

Caritas Germany works with Caritas partner organisations in Eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia.

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