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.
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.
For more information, visit www.charis-singapore.org
What is Humanitarian Aid Fund?
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.
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.
Funds are raised from the Catholic community in Singapore. The money collected is used for the operations of CHARIS and to provide grants to organisations undertaking disaster relief and humanitarian work.
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.
As the body that coordinates the Singapore Archdiocesan response to overseas humanitarian situations, CHARIS connects with other Caritas offices overseas, especially in the affected countries.
Through this network, CHARIS is able 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.
What donation methods are accepted?
Here are the available modes if you wish to donate:
- Credit Card or Paypal: Please use the online donation form at the bottom of the page.
- PayNow: Please use the following UEN code, 201715440WONL, to contribute via PayNow.
- Cheque: Please complete the Make Hope Happen form, and enclose a cheque made a payable to CHARIS HAF before mailing it to us by the business reply envelope.
- Cash: Please complete the Make Hope Happen form and visit our office at Catholic Centre with the money.
- GIRO: Please complete the Make Hope Happen and interbank GIRO application forms and mail it to us using the business reply envelope.
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.