Project Compassion 2018 - A Just Future starts with Empowerment of Youth

Young people are a vital part of the solution to the challenges in their communities and during Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion hundreds of thousands of students, and all generations in Australia, will take action for our global neighbours.

On Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Caritas Australia, the international aid and development agency of the Catholic Church, will launch its annual ProjectCompassion appeal – one of Australia’s largest humanitarian fundraising and awareness-raising campaigns.

Each year Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion, which runs through the six weeks of Lent, brings together communities across Australia, in solidarity with the world’s poor, to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.

This year the focus is on youth and their communities globally and providing them with a Just Future.

According to the UN, some 250 million children worldwide, live in conflict zones. Caritas Australia, through its work, believes that young people’s contribution is integral to building sustainable peace. 

Mr Armstrong said youth are often the game changers in fragile contexts globally, as highlighted in stories featured during Project Compassion, like Bayan’s, from Syria. Bayan grew up in Syria’s capital, Damascus and struggled to overcome the trauma of growing up in a conflict zone, facing the prospect of missing out on schooling. Now Bayan is an academic high-achiever, flourishing in a stable school environment, thanks to support from Caritas Australia and our partners, Caritas Jordan and Catholic Relief Services.

“Youth are the future and offer us hope for a better tomorrow. Engaging them and investing in the millions of young people who live in fragile contexts has never been more important,” said Caritas Australia’s Head of Engagement and Sustainability, David Armstrong.

"I encourage you to support Project Compassion because your donations make a big difference to our capacity to help impoverished communities become stronger and more resilient.”

Money raised during Project Compassion goes towards Caritas Australia’s humanitarian and long-term development programs in 27 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Pacific and with Australia’s First Peoples. Last year Project Compassion raised $11 million.

Last year Caritas Australia, thanks to all our supporters, reached over 2 million people directly through our emergency and development programs.

During Lent, Australians are invited to support Project Compassion by making a donation, or by hosting fundraising events in their local school, parish, community or neighbourhood. Supporters can also to share their stories on social media at #ProjectCompassion.

To donate to Project Compassion or for fundraising ideas visit or phone 1800 024 413.

Weekly Lenten Stories:


Week 1 - Napal

Week 2 - Cambodia


Week 3 - Jordan

Week 4 - Australia

Week 5 - Mozambique Week 6 - Phillipines




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