1980 Caritas Somalia (CS) was founded in Mogadishu by bishop Salvatore Colombo, and the first activities were with refugees from the “Ogaden war”.
1983 Caritas Internationalis affiliated CS as a member, becoming at the same time member of Caritas MONA. In the meanwhile CS started development projects: building wells, agricultural and reforestation projects.
After the killing of Msgr. Salvatore in 1989, Fr. Bertin took over CS in very difficult times.
1991-2001 With anarchy in Somalia, the office was moved to Nairobi. Direct and indirect projects continued for Somali refugees in Kenya, as well as projects related to water, health, nutrition, rebuilding of schools (mainly with Gregory Fidel), response to drought, and agriculture in Somalia.
2001 With the appointment of Msgr. Bertin as bishop of Djibouti the main office was moved to Djibouti. Also, a presence was temporary re-established in 2006 in Baidoa with Davide Bernocchi (a health clinic), and in 2016 in Hargeisa with Beata Biela (education support to poor children and food for drought affected people).
September 2017: CS continues its projects from Djibouti towards education and nutrition of poor children, schooling of internally displaced children, attention to the sick and response to emergencies, such as terrorist attacks or drought.