Poor, Orphan & Elderly

Our Partners

one church in action.


Homeless & Poor


Food & Shelter

Location : Georgetown

Need : Volunteers, Donation



Lighthouse feeding centre provides free food, counselling and basic medical care for homeless and the poor.

kampung simee old folk home




Shelter & Care

Location : Ipoh

Need : Donation, Volunteers, Visit


The Home for the Aged

An old folk home that gives free shelter and cares for homeless and abandoned elderly people, regardless of race and religion.

St Joseph Home Penang




Shelter, Education

Location : Georgetown

Need : Donation, Volunteers, Visit


St Joseph's Home

St. Joseph’s Home cares for orphans, and also boys and girls of all religions and ethnicities who come from very poor socio-economic and psychological backgrounds.

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Poverty in Malaysia

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major economic impact on Malaysia, particularly on vulnerable households. Having revised its national poverty line in July 2020, 8.4% of Malaysian households are currently living in absolute poverty in the year 2021. The household income for hardcore poverty is RM1,169 a month.

“It is not hopelessness that causes poverty; it is poverty that causes hopelessness.”

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“I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.”

~ Matthew 25: 35-36

How Caritas Work

Ensure the hungry are fed

In the Gospel story of the five loaves and two fish, Jesus fed the multitude. Today, millions of people go to bed hungry even though there’s an abundance of food in this world. Caritas works on every level to ensure the hungry are fed.

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Lunch sets provided for homeless daily

Caritas encourages collaboration between NGOs, Corporates, Churches, and Volunteers to help at The Lighthouse Feeding Centre in Penang Road. Hundreds of thousands of street friends benefited through this feeding project and many homeless were rescued from dying every year.

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Rations are provided to the poor household

Caritas provides funding to support our parishes to buy groceries for the poor families in their neighbourhoods. We also work closely with social mission groups to advocate and promote awareness through Lenten Campaign every year.

Why Are People Homeless?

Understand the problem at the grassroots level.

Individuals don’t just end up on the streets like that. Homelessness is a symptom of an array of social issues. It has been identified that the leading causes of homelessness are unemployment, poverty, old age and abandonment, substance abuse, mental and chronic illness, and the lack of affordable housing.

Unemployment, Poor, Low Income

Drug, Alcoholism, Ex-convict

Ran away, Stranded Foreigners

Old, Abandoned, No Living Family

Disabled, Mental, Chronic Illness

Depression, Family Problems

How we are tackling poverty


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The Catholic church’s mission is to carry out and continue the work of Jesus Christ on earth. Therefore, we seek to work with communities, non-governmental organisations, and local authorities to promote an inclusive and sustainable development for all.

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What is Caritas

Caritas is the charitable arm of the Roman Catholic Church. It is to spearhead the church’s social mission, to respond to humanitarian crisis, promote integral human development and advocate on the causes of poverty and violence.

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Caritas Penang comes under the jurisdiction of The Titular Roman Catholic Bishop of Penang.

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