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A fundraising activity that was both lucrative and inclusive!

March 20, 2015
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Suzanne Slobodian, Fundraising Officer - Major Gifts and Planned Giving

Last Friday, March 13th, staff and National Council members had the privilege of experiencing the first edition of a fundraising activity initiated by the Fundraising/Communications Working Group of the Share Lent Campaign organizing committee: a silent auction!

Human rights and human dignity at the heart of the reconstruction

March 10, 2015
by 
Marianne Drouin, Communications Officer

After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the nation received a massive influx of humanitarian assistance. However, assistance was not always allocated in such a way as to respect human rights. In some cases, it was distributed in poor conditions, where people had to line up for hours to receive food assistance, or without taking into account the real needs of communities.

Meaningful encounters with solidarity visitor in British Columbia

March 9, 2015
by 
Stephanie Nguyen, Regional Youth Intern for British Columbia and Yukon

It was exciting to learn that British Columbia would have the honour of hosting Fr. Edwin Gariguez as this year’s Solidarity Visitor. Fr. Edwin is the Executive Secretary of Caritas Philippines-NASSA. He has been playing an important role in bringing about humanitarian aid in the Philippines to those who have been displaced by Typhoons Haiyan and Hagupit, and addressing issues of injustice in the Philippines that perpetuate poverty.

Contributing to food security in the Sahel by improving income

February 2, 2015
by 
Stéphane Vinhas, Programs Officer – Emergency Relief

Happy are those, like me, who have taken a long journey. In December of 2014, I had the pleasure of visiting different initiatives carried out by Development and Peace partners in Niger and Mali, and speaking with villagers in these communities.

This field visit enabled the identification of projects, partners and local organizations, which Development and Peace will support in order to implement its program to fight against food insecurity in the Sahel.

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In Northern Iraq, solidarity for the displaced is a sign of hope

January 21, 2015
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By Guy Des Aulniers, Emergencies Program Officer for the Middle East

It’s Monday morning in Erbil. It’s 6 a.m. and the sun still hasn’t come up. Santa Lucia Church is situated just across from the hotel where I’m staying. From my window, I can count about 40 tents, placed closely together, one glued to the other. In each tent, there are partitions which separate the three families that live there (each family consists of about 8 people), the rooms and the kitchens. Although there is heating, the ground is only covered with a burlap rug. 

Good governance key to fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone

January 14, 2015
by 
Cynthia D'Cruz, Communications Assistant

Sierra Leone currently has the highest incidence of Ebola, with over 7,786 infections and 2,696 confirmed deaths (as of January 14, 2015). Beyond the immediate health crisis, there have also been concerns raised pertaining to the long term socio-economic impacts of the disease. These concerns include the economy, the social fabric, food security and agricultural production (due to loss of human capital).

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Ten Years after the Tsunami

December 26, 2014
by 
Jess Agustin, Programs Officer for the Philippines

Ten years after the Tsunami that took place on December 26th, 2004, Development and Peace’s partners in Aceh, Indonesia were given the opportunity to look back and reflect on the many remarkable and inspiring accomplishments that were achieved during the reconstruction period that followed.

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Desayuno solidario with Bolivian partners in Quebec City

December 15, 2014
by 
Valérie Hervieux, a Québec sans frontières Sans (QSF) intern with Development and Peace, who will participate in an internship with CEPROSI in Bolivia during the summer of 2015.

On Saturday, November 29, a number of Development and Peace members and supporters gathered to share a desayuno solidario in Quebec City. This solidarity breakfast was organized by Development and Peace, in participation with the Comité de Solidarité de Trois-Rivières, the Centro de Promoción y Salud Integral (CEPROSI), the Consulate of the Plurinational State of Bolivia in Quebec City and the Association Québec-Bolivie (Québec-Bolivia Association).

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The Ebola virus is also killing social cohesion

December 15, 2014
by 
Stéphane Vinhas, Programm Officer - Emergency Relief

With a fatality rate of over 60%, the result of the current Ebola epidemic on the body is obvious. The psychological impact is less visible, but the virus is also breaking morale. It is generating fear and negatively impacting mental health. In so doing, it is breeding social collapse, undermining the fabric of communities and contributing to the rise of rejection, violence and conflict, which, in turn, facilitate its spread.

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