Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives (Singapore) Ltd (CHARIS) is the umbrella body for overseas humanitarian aid and disaster relief efforts of the Archdiocese of Singapore. CHARIS is a member of Caritas Internationalis and was launched on 20 August 2010 by His Grace, Archbishop Nicholas Chia.

Humanitarian situations cover natural disasters and other adverse circumstances faced by the poor and needy, especially in developing countries in the region. These includes funding, medical aid and volunteers for immediate relief as well as the long-term support of those displaced and in need.


The Humanitarian Aid Fund (HAF) is an umbrella fund set up with a fundraising permit from the Commissioner of Charities. HAF money comes from donations from the Catholic community in Singapore. It is used to provide grants to organisations undertaking humanitarian work to help those displaced and in need. HAF is also used for mission trips and to support humanitarian causes.

CHARIS Response to COVID-19

Over $500,000 from CHARIS reserves have been used to aid in the COVID-19 Humanitarian effort. Almsgiving from the community has aided in feeding and protecting the vulnerable who are suffering during this worldwide pandemic.

Your donations to CHARIS HAF will be directed towards providing relief to overseas communities in need.

CHARIS website