Who is CHARIS?
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.
As the umbrella body for overseas humanitarian aid by the Archdiocese of Singapore, CHARIS has contributed and supported numerous relief responses and humanitarian efforts in Asia and beyond. 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 for food, medical aid and shelter for immediate relief as well as the long-term support of those displaced and in need.
Join us in being the helping hand of the Church – reaching out to those afflicted by natural disasters and poverty – and making hope happen!
What is Humanitarian Aid Fund?
The Humanitarian Aid Fund (HAF) was established to support the overseas humanitarian work of the church in Singapore. It enables CHARIS to provide humanitarian assistance beyond just victims of natural disasters to all other forms of crises, adverse circumstances or humanitarian need that may occur overseas.
You can find out more about HAF here.
Why donate to CHARIS?
The Humanitarian Aid Fund was established to support the humanitarian work of the Church in Singapore. It enables CHARIS to provide humanitarian assistance beyond just victims of natural disasters to all other forms of crises, adverse circumstances or humanitarian need that may occur overseas.
As the body that coordinates the Singapore Archdiocesan response to overseas humanitarian situations, CHARIS connects and collaborates with Caritas Organisations, CHARIS Affiliates, and the local and overseas Catholic communities, to better understand the situation on the ground and to collaborate with the relevant office(s) and determine the funding and other aid which is required. Through this network, CHARIS is able to bring hope and change lives by supporting various efforts, whether it is in distributing emergency food supplies, improving sanitation, or providing education.
We rely on donations from the Catholic community to help us in our humanitarian mission. Your contribution, of any amount, will go a long way to make a difference to our brothers and sisters overseas who live in poverty or are affected by disasters or strife.
What donation methods are accepted?
Here are the available modes if you wish to donate:
- Credit Card or Paypal (Default Method)
More detailed instructions can be found in the donation pages for the Humanitarian Aid Fund, and the respective causes.
How to transfer funds via PayNow?
For a more detailed guide on how to use PayNow, please go to your bank’s website:
- POSB: https://www.posb.com.sg/personal/deposits/pay-with-ease/paynow
- DBS: https://www.dbs.com.sg/personal/deposits/pay-with-ease/paynow
- OCBC: https://www.ocbc.com/personal-banking/online-banking/paynow.html#OCBC-Online-Banking
- UOB: https://www.uob.com.sg/personal/eservices/ebanking/paynow.page
- HSBC: https://www.hsbc.com.sg/ways-to-bank/transfers/paynow/
For other banks not listed here, please contact their customer services department.
Will I be eligible for tax relief for my donation?
We regret that there are no tax relief for your donations to the Humanitarian Aid Fund.
What is the difference between Caritas and CHARIS?
CHARIS and Caritas Singapore are both organisations that fulfill the Church’s social mission. Caritas Singapore focuses on serving communities in Singapore, while CHARIS focuses our efforts on overseas humanitarian aid and efforts.
What is the minimum and maximum amount that I can contribute?
We welcome donations of any amount.
Does CHARIS only help Catholic organisations?
While the funds are managed by Catholic groups and organisations, please be assured that there is no discrimination on race, religion, or nationality for the end beneficiaries.
What are Specific Funds?
Specific Funds are a segment of donations from people who identify with a specific cause, region, or organization. These funds will be used for the specified intentions and will be restricted from use in other areas. Examples of such Specific Funds include past funds collected for JRS and the people of Gaza.
CHARIS also holds fundraising campaigns that are dedicated to such Specific Funds, like those featured on our homepage.
If you would like to support CHARIS in our mission and not for any specific causes, you may consider donating to our Humanitarian Aid Fund, where the funds will be chanelled to various disaster relief and humanitarian causes approved by our Grants Committee on a case by case basis, in accordance to our Grants funding principles and processes.