Who we are

Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu Charitable Trust has been established as a Charitable Trust and duly registered with the New Zealand Charities Commission. Our activities are operated from Geneva and Auckland where our trustees are located. Our spectrum is worldwide.

Our purpose

Our aim is to support any serious Roman Catholic project with an important global, social and humanitarian impact and promoting the Roman Catholic values and messages of compassion, respect, tolerance and love of one’s neighbour.

Ariane Slinger with Pope Francis, Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu, Charitable Trust Vatican City - November 2018 - Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu Charitable Trust's
representative, Ariane Slinger and Pope Francis together with a delegation of donors

Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu Charitable Trust supports catholic charitable projects that instigate change and promote Roman Catholic values of compassion and commitment in favour of the most vulnerable

Catholic projects we support

  • St Joseph Hospice in Pakistan, Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu Charitable Trust, Ariane Slinger
    St Joseph Hospice in Pakistan

    The St Joseph Hospice in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, offers 60 beds in their inpatient care facilities for those patients who are suffering from chronic diseases such as cancer or for those patients that are permanently disabled. Besides their inpatient facilities, the…

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  • Catholic Eparchial Secretariat Keren (CESKS) - in Eritrea, Women's group, Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu Charitable Trust, Ariane Slinger
    Catholic Eparchial Secretariat Keren (CESKS) – in Eritrea

    The Catholic Eparchial Secretariat Keren (CESK) was established in 1996. Its mission is to coordinate the socio-pastoral services of the Eparchy (Diocese) of Keren. It help respond to the emerging needs of the people. CESK has seven program departments: Women…

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  • Open Hospitals Project in Syria, Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu, Charitable Trust, Charity Fundraising, Ariane Slinger
    Open Hospitals Project in Syria – AVSI

    The most recent estimates (OCHA data) state that 13.5 million Syrians are in need of aid, and 11.5 million of them have no access to health care; 40% of these are children. The Open Hospitals Project started from the observation…

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  • Accueil Louise & Rosalie in Paris, France - Shelter for homeless women, Chandeleur 2021, Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu Charitable Trust, Ariane Slinger
    Accueil Louise & Rosalie in Paris, France – Shelter for homeless women

    The Louise & Rosalie homeless shelter in Paris, France was built by the Société Saint-Vincent-de-Paul to offer a safe place for homeless women to come take a shower, get food, medical care and clothes as well as legal support and…

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  • Mobile Medical Unit – Order of Malta Lebanon, Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu Charitable Trust, Ariane Slinger
    Mobile Medical Unit – Order of Malta Lebanon

    The Order of Malta has been in Lebanon since 1957, and has been constantly expanding their projects since the war. By setting up medical centres in all areas of Lebanon with a focus on providing help in the poorest of…

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  • A Chance in Life – Guatemala, Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu Charitable Trust, Ariane Slinger
    A Chance in Life – COVID-19 Support

    The mission of A Chance in Life began in 1945, in the aftermath of World War II. Vast numbers of orphans and vulnerable children were left living on the streets of Italy by the war. Monsignor John Patrick Carroll-Abbing was determined…

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  • st Luke Catholic Hospital, Wolisso entrance, Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu Charitable Trust, Ariane Slinger
    St Luke Catholic Hospital – Ethiopia

    The St Luke Catholic Hospital in Wolisso, Ethiopia, has been providing medical care and support to the population in the South West Shoa zone since 2001. With the help and support of CUAMM - Doctors with Africa. The hospital offers…

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  • Messengers of Peace school for refugees Amman Jordan, Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu Charitable Trust, Ariane Slinger
    Messengers of Peace school for refugees run by Father Khalil Jaar – Amman, Jordan

    The school for refugees run by Father Khalil Jaar was set up to accompany the refugee. Children and their families had to flee from Iraq in 2014 and to wait for a visa to go to other countries. Father Jaar…

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  • De Paul House – Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, New Zealand, Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu Charitable Trust, Ariane Slinger
    De Paul House – Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, New Zealand

    The De Paul House provides housing accommodations and support services for families that become homeless. The mission is to keep them together and teach them valuable skills that will help them get back into the job market. Aside from housing,…

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  • Colegio del Sagrado Corazón – La Paz, Colombia, beginning the new year, Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu Charitable Trust, Ariane Slinger
    Colegio del Sagrado Corazón – La Paz, Colombia

    The Colegio del Sagrado Corazón offers schooling for poor children of all ages in one of the poorest areas of Barranquila Colombia. Two brothers of the Sacred Heart congregation started a middle school for the poorest children of Barranquila in…

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  • Diocese of Granada, Colombia, Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu Charitable Trust, Ariane Slinger
    Diocese of Granada, Colombia

    The Servicio Pastoral Social de Granada in Colombia has been helping the local people in Meta, Granada since 1995 by providing spiritual support as well as education and nutritional support for the local people of Granada. In 2020, as many people had lost their jobs and subsequently their income and access to…

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  • Diócese of La Dorada, Colombia, social distance, Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu Charitable Trust, Ariane Slinger
    Diócese of La Dorada, Colombia

    The Pastoral Social Caritas of the Diocese of La Dorada in Colombia has been helping the local people in La Dorada since 1984. The Diocese provides spiritual and social support as well as nutritional support through their food bank. It provides food for local kindergartens and soup…

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  • The Scalabrinis seafearers and fishers centers, Caritas Pro vitae Gradu Charitable Trust, Ariane Slinger,
    The Scalabrinis seafearers and fishers centers

    The Scalabrinis seafearers and fishers centers seeks to protect and empower seafarers, fishers and their families left behind in their countries of origin through the Scalabrini Centers of the Apostleship of the Sea, the Stella Maris in Kaohsiung and Taipei…

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  • Children attending mass, Communauté Saint Martin, Placetas, Cuba, Caritas Pro vitae Gradu Charitable Trust, Ariane Slinger
    Community of Saint Martin – Placetas, Cuba

    The after-school support program run by the Community of Saint Martin, also known as Repaso, in Placetas Cuba ensures high quality education and educational support for 650 students per day. In Cuba private schools are not allowed. However the quality…

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  • Mother Francisca Lechner Health Unit in Uganda, Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu Charitable Trust, Ariane Slinger
    Mother Francisca Lechner Health Unit in Uganda

    Mother Francisca Lechner health unit belongs to the Congregation of the Daughters of Divine Charity since 1999. The health unit provides medical services to the local population of 31’574 poor farmers in the rural area of the Ntungamo district in…

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  • Simama CBR - Tanzania, Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu Charitable Trust, Ariane Slinger
    Simama CBR – Tanzania

    Rehabilitation of disabled children in the Archdiocese of Mbeya Mbeya “Community Based Rehabilitation” also known as “Simama CBR”. It is one of the outreach programs of the Iyunga RC Health Centre. It belongs to the Archdiocese of Mbeya in Tanzania.…

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  • A Lifeline to Vulnerable Elderly People - Lithuania, Slovakia, Cuba , Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu Charitable Trust, Ariane Slinger
    A Lifeline to Vulnerable Elderly People

    The world’s population is ageing. According to data from the 2019 World Population Prospects, by 2050, one in six persons in the world will be over age 65. In 2018, for the first time in history, persons aged 65 or…

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  • The Chiulo Catholic Hospital in Angola , Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu Charitable Trust, Ariane Slinger
    The Chiulo Catholic Hospital in Angola

    Managed by Doctors with Africa - CUAMM. The Missionary Catholic Hospital of Chiulo, situated in the Ombadja Municipality in Angola is the referral health facility for approximately 306.550 persons. The hospital is owned by the Dioceses of Ombadja and is…

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  • « Laudato Si » farm in Benin, Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu Charitable Trust, Ariane Slinger
    Laudato Si farm in Benin

    The Laudato Si farm in Benin is a project of the Emmanuel Community promoting the local agriculture and environmental development, by developing education in a  primary school, and running an agro-ecological farm, following the principles of the Laudato Si encyclical,…

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  • Fondazione GRAVISSIMUM EDUCATIONIS - Vatican, Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu Charitable Trust, Ariane Slinger
    Fondazione GRAVISSIMUM EDUCATIONIS

    Democratic thinking and the political-institutional forms of democracy arose in a time and contexts that no longer exist. The modern democracies are called to deal theoretically with this distance. From a practical point of view, to reorganize themselves to reply…

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  • Espace Saint Julien in Laval, France, Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu Charitable Trust, Ariane Slinger
    Espace Saint Julien à Laval, France

    L'Espace Saint Julien est un lieu de vie où plus de 300 personnes seront accueillies chaque jour. Dès le départ, l'objectif des bénévoles impliqués dans ce projet était de servir le bien commun en offrant aux personnes les plus vulnérables…

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  • Bethlehem University, Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu, Charitable Trust, Philanthropic Foundation, Ariane Slinger
    Bethlehem University

    Bethlehem University is the only Catholic university in Palestine with faculties of Arts, Science, Business Administration, Nursing, Education. It is also an Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism. The Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences has an outstanding reputation. The…

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  • Ethiopian Catholic University in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu, Charitable Trust, Charity Fundraising, Ariane Slinger
    Ethiopian Catholic University in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    The Ethiopian Catholic University of St. Thomas Aquinas “ECUSTA” managed by the LA SALLE Congregation seeks to become a reputable international training institution. Recognizing the need for strong and visionary African leadership, the former Ethiopian Prime Minister, Sir Hon. Meles…

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  • Misericordia Center in Santiago de Chile , Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu, Charitable Trust, Charity Fundraising, Ariane Slinger
    Misericordia Center in Santiago de Chile

    The Misericordia Center, a place of peace and welcome for families, aims to be “ The heart of Christ, beating night and day for the poorest persons. ” All the spiritual and physical charity works of mercy (pastoral care, health,…

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  • Scalabrini Centers in Latin America, Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu, Charitable Trust, Charity Fundraising, Ariane Slinger
    Scalabrini Centers in Latin America

    The Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN) is helping Venezuelan migrants and refugees in Latin America. The SIMN is providing food, shelter, medical care, psychological counseling, education and other critical services.Several centers have been set up in Latin America. Located in…

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  • Access to healthcare for women, Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu Charitable Trust, Ariane Slinger
    Access to healthcare for women – South Omo – Ethiopia

    “Empowering women in rural communities to improve access to basic healthcare services South Omo zone- Ethiopia” project. Supported by the Catholic NGO Doctors with Africa - CUAMM The project aims at empowering women living in rural areas in South Omo…

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  • Trappist Sisters Chapel in Angola , Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu, Charitable Trust, Fundraising Catholic NGOs, Ariane Slinger
    Trappist Sisters Chapel in Angola

    The Trappist Sisters in Nasoma Y’Ombembwa, Angola, are «pharmacists» and produce medicine for the surrounding villages. They are extremely impressive! As the community grows, the Sisters need a Chapel that would serve them to unite all their followers and local…

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  • La Salle Secondary School Rumbek, South Sudan, Caritas Pro vitae Gradu Charitable Trust, Ariane Slinger,
    La Salle Secondary School Rumbek, South Sudan

    La Salle Secondary School is in Rumbek, Lakes State, South Sudan. It is the world’s youngest nation that became independent in 2011 after a long and bloody war with northern Sudan. Due to the ongoing civil war, started in 2013,…

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  • Chabrouh Camps in Lebanon

    The Order of Malta Lebanon is an apolitical humanitarian organization. Its sole agenda is to uphold the dignity of every human being. In a country that has been unstable for over 40 years, hosting 17 different religious denominations, the Order…

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  • Global Fund for Forgotten People in Oxfordshire, Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu, Charitable Trust, Charity Fundraising, Ariane Slinger
    Global Fund for Forgotten People in Oxfordshire

    The Global Fund for Forgotten People was established in 2012 under the auspices of the government of the Order of Malta. The Fund raises awareness and financial support for works of the Order. Its mission is to help build capacity…

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  • Dominicains de Toulouse Convent, Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu, Charitable Trust, Fundraising Catholic NGOs, Ariane Slinger
    Dominicains de Toulouse Convent

    The project is to repair the Dominicains de Toulouse Convent. Being sixty years old now; the buildings require repair, renovation and adjustments to legal standards: roofs, electrical wiring, water pipes, facades, wood frames… The creation inside the priory of medicalized…

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  • Communauté Saint Martin in Evron

    The Community of Saint Martin is a Congregation composed of secular priests and deacons. They are living their apostolate within a community life at the service of dioceses all over France, Italy and Cuba. It was founded in 1976 by…

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  • Caritas in Veritate Foundation in Geneva, Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu, Charitable Trust, Charity Fundraising, Ariane Slinger
    Caritas in Veritate Foundation in Geneva

    The goal of the Caritas in Veritate Foundation is to articulate the positions of the Holy See and the Catholic Church in the international arena of the United Nations, as a contribution to an international culture that prioritizes peace and…

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  • Fratelli Project, Beirut, Lebanon, Children in class, Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu Charitable Trust, Ariane Slinger
    Fratelli Project – Beirut, Lebanon

    The Fratelli Project is a collaboration of De La Salle – Solidarietà Internazionale and the Marist Brothers in Lebanon. It ensures that Iraqi refugees fearing religious persecution and Syrian refugees fleeing the war in Syria are given support to be…

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Facts & Figures

The Catholic Church has a tradition of remaining discreet about its many fields of intervention. As a consequence the activities of engaged Christians worldwide at the service of the poor and the sick are often unknown.

Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu, Charitable Trust, Philanthropic Foundation, Ariane Slinger A new generation of young priests representing a dynamic Catholic Church – Community of Saint Martin
  • 216 000schools *
  • 1 760Universities, Faculties and Ecclesiastical Institutes *
  • 72 millionstudents *
  • 117 000health care facilities *
* Facts & Figures data collected in 2019 from the Vatican Gravissimum Educationis Foundation

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We support catholic projects with an important global, social and humanitarian impact promoting the Roman Catholic values and message. We consider applications for funding that meet our mission and goals. Particularly the ones that improve the health and the social wellbeing of people who suffer most.


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