CHARIS, the archdiocesan umbrella body for overseas humanitarian work, is raising funds and sending emergency supplies to countries affected by recent natural disasters.

Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives, Singapore (CHARIS) is sending some 1,500 blankets, 600 tarpaulins, 1,040 mosquito nets and 10 water filters to Caritas organisations in Cambodia, the Philippines and Vietnam. These countries are currently suffering from the destruction caused by Typhoon Nesat and Typhoon Nalgae.

CHARIS is in touch with Caritas Philippines, Caritas Vietnam and Caritas Cambodia on their needs, said Mr Frederick Foo, CHARIS’ director of operations.

CHARIS is also sending about $75,000 in monetary aid. The total value of the initial relief aid, including the emergency supplies, is more than $150,000, said Mr Foo. His organisation is monitoring the situation and will follow up with further aid, especially in the reconstruction phase, he added.

Meanwhile, CHARIS is making an appeal for contributions to its Humanitarian Aid Fund to help it respond to these and future disasters.

Archbishop Nicholas Chia, in his recent letter to Catholics in Singapore, has also asked them for their “prayers and generosity, and to do your part for our brothers and sisters who are affected by these disasters”.

CHARIS, together with the Filipino Catholic Community, ACTS, acts29 and Love Seeds, will organise a special Mass at Novena Church on Nov 8 at 7 pm.

Those wishing to donate to the Humanitarian Aid Fund can pick up an appeal envelope at their parish. You may also send a crossed cheque, payable to “Humanitarian Aid Fund”, together with your name and contact information to CHARIS at 55 Waterloo Street, #09-03A, Singapore 187954. For more information, contact Christopher Wee at 6338-0182 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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