About us

The Religious Mission "Caritas-Spes-Odessa" of the Odessa-Simferopol diocese of the Roman Catholic Churchis a charitable organization that is a part of the structure of the RM "Caritas-Spes Ukraine" and the network of international organizations of Caritas Europe and Caritas International.

RM "Caritas-Spes-Odessa" was created on 25th September 1999 by the decree of Bishop Ian Olshanskiy. Its main objective is "the fulfillment of works of mercy, charity and other activities aimed at the revival of the spirit of love among people." Statute of the organization was registered on 23rd October 1999, and the RM "Caritas-Spes-Odessa" has started to work for the benefit of the people in need.

Central place in the social teaching of the Catholic Church belongs to the good, to the needs and development of the individual, so Caritas-Spes's mission is to be on guard for human dignity. Caritas-Spes tries to fight poverty, social exclusion, intolerance and discrimination, regardless of religion, race and ethnic origin of man. At the very heart of the organization is a striving to support those who are desperate, to give them hope, to surround them with mercy and thus serve as a sign of God's love for all people. Our organization supports families at risk of exclusion or social isolation. We support children and young people. From the 15th July 2008 the RM"Caritas-Spes-Odessa" is implementing a project to help people living with HIV. During this time, we have established and perfected an effective mechanism to improve the quality of life of families affected by HIV. Our assistance is aimed, in particular, at children and young people affected by HIV, as well as pregnant women, to help them to give birth to a healthy child.

From the 12th September (2015) in Odessa the Children Youth Development Center "House of Hope" has started to work. Its purpose is the development of personal and physical qualities needed for a successful social adaptation in society of children and young people. The project is implemented through the lessons conducted by specialists such as: art classes, pottery, clay modeling, computer science, English, Discovery Club, theater classes, and others. Children study and have fun together. RM "Caritas-Spes-Odessa" tries to answer the problems of the people in need, including those who are most affected by the difficult economic and political situation in Ukraine. Through our projects, we cover the problems of temporary displaced persons. We provide assistance to low-income families and families in difficult situations. The goal of our organization is to support anyone who asks for help, who is in a difficult situation and who is not able to cope with their problems themselves.