CRS Partners in Argentina
The primary CRS partner in Argentina is Caritas Argentina.
Who is Caritas Argentina?
Caritas Argentina carries out the pastoral social ministry work of the Argentinean Catholic Bishops' Conference at the national, regional, diocesan and parish levels, in accordance with the principles and guidelines of Cáritas Internationalis.
Caritas Argentina, as a Church organization, encourages and coordinates the Catholic Church's officially organized charities. It carries out its mission by adapting to time and circumstances to achieve full and essential development of men and women, with special preference for those most vulnerable in marginalized communities.
Its most important actions include:
- Promoting and encouraging a sense of community with views toward justice and charity;
- Promoting the study and analysis of social needs;
- Organizing and coordinating the collection of funds and resources to meet those social needs;
- Promoting, creating, and encouraging the necessary activities to meet stated objectives; and
- Participating in assistance, social action, development programs, and efforts to promote human dignity.
These actions are implemented through more than 3,300 Parish Caritas, 64 Diocesan Caritas and the Caritas National Commission. The National Commission headquarters, in Buenos Aires:
- Provides all the Diocesan organizations with standards and guidance;
- Coordinates and assists with charitable institutions;
- Promotes the establishment of local Caritas in all of the Argentinean Dioceses;
- Participates in the analysis, study and search for solutions to problems affecting the country;
- Maintains close relationships with Diocesan Cáritas to coordinate programs and assistance efforts;
- Promotes complete and essential training of volunteer leaders;
- Obtains technical assistance, guidance and advice from specialized organizations and capable individuals;
- Represents Cáritas Argentina at national and international levels;
- Maintains open relationships with organizations of other faiths with the approval of its Bishops.