Address: SCIAF, 19 Park Circus, Glasgow G3 6BE, Scotland
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SCIAF is the international aid charity of the Bishops’ Conference in Scotland.  Inspired by the Gospel, it helps some of the poorest people in the world to free themselves from poverty by equipping them with the tools they need to survive and thrive.

Since being founded in 1965, SCIAF has helped millions of people to work their way out of poverty and many more have received life-saving aid after disasters.  SCIAF also works with the Scottish public to pressurise governments and big business to change the political and social systems that keep people in poverty.

Guided by Church teachings, SCIAF follows an integrated human development approach to its work.  This means addressing the needs of the whole person – physical, emotional, spiritual, social, environmental, as well as their economic well-being.  Throughout its work SCIAF promotes dignity, solidarity, compassion, justice and caring for people in their entirety – accompanying them on their journey “from less human to more human conditions,” in the words of Pope Paul VI.

SCIAF works with a range of partners in 15 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, supporting over 90 long term development projects.  These cover three key themes: helping people to grow food and make a living; building peace and promoting justice; and providing education for marginalised groups. Working as part of the global Caritas family, SCIAF responds to humanitarian disasters by providing immediate relief and long term support.

Across all of its programmes, SCIAF promotes equality between men and women, empowers people with disabilities, cares for those affected by HIV and AIDS, and helps communities affected by climate change.

Based in Glasgow, Scotland, SCIAF employs approximately 45 staff and benefits from the active support of 200 volunteers. Overseas, SCIAF and its sister agencies CAFOD (England & Wales) and Trócaire (Ireland) run joint programmes from an office in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

SCIAF plays an active role in coalitions and networks including the Caritas Internationalis, CIDSE (International Co-operation for Development and Solidarity) and Stop Climate Chaos. At a grassroots level SCIAF works closely with schools, parishes and community groups to promote awareness of international development issues and action across Scotland.

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