Through collaborations that include the migrant communities we serve, we work to promote understanding and improve integration as well as to advance causes of local and global importance, including protecting our common home.
In honor of International Museum Day 2022, CVAR, the Nicosia Center of Visual Arts and Research, hosted an exhibit featuring the art of two Congolese migrants. CVAR, located in the heart of Nicosia’s old town, collaborated with Caritas Cyprus to bring the “Cyprus through the Eyes of Migrants” exhibit to life and showcase the talents of Tresor Nkogo Yaba and Francis Mupini. Highlighting the Power of Museums, CVAR commissioned art from these migrants to show their perceptions of life in Cyprus and to inform the public of the realities they face daily.
Like Tresor and Francis, many migrants come to Europe with a background in art but few find the resources or occasions to create and showcase it. The “Cyprus Through the Eyes of Migrants” exhibit illustrated what is possible when local organizations collaborate and engage with those perhaps on the margins to share their experiences and uplift their creative voices. As a follow on to this collaboration, an open invitation has been extended to anyone in Cyprus with a migrant background wishing to submit their art and tell their story, which CVAR will feature in a digital exhibit on its website.
Read more and view the art here.
With fresh produce donated by vendors at the end of the local Saturday market, Zero Food Waste Cyprus provides fresh fruits and vegetables to the vulnerable, improving their food options while decreasing food waste. Learn more…
With in-person language learning impossible during the pandemic, Project Phoenix linked certified English Language Teaching professionals in India with needy students in Cyprus using free and accessible internet platforms and a flexible, responsive curriculum for “Survival English”.
The Lullaby Project supports parental health and child development by strengthening the bonds between parents and children and between vulnerable families and the societies in which they live. Read and listen here…
Caritas Cyprus participates in “Let’s Do It Cyprus” efforts to raise awareness related to the protection of the environment. For Let’s Do It, World Clean Up Day 2020, Caritas Cyprus’ team and friends cleaned up its neighborhood in historic Nicosia including spaces around Holy Cross Church, the Paphos Gate, the Maronite Cathedral and St. Joseph the Migrant Social Center.