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A spirit that can’t be broken, even after a typhoon

August 20, 2014
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Kelly Di Domenico

A spirit that can’t be broken, even after a typhoon By Kelly Di Domenico It’s been nine months since Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) barrelled through the Philippines, yet evidence of its gale force winds and crushing waves are still very visible all around the city of Tacloban, one of the worst-hit areas. Although debris has been cleared from the roads, at times it feels as if it has simply been pushed to the side. Gnarled metal reaches out towards the sky, surrounded by collapsed walls.

A race for experience on the post-Haiyan solidarity tour of the Philippines

August 20, 2014
by 
Fran Lucas, Second Vice-President of the Catholic Women’s League

Fran Lucas, of the Catholic Women’s League, is a member of the Development and Peace delegation visiting Typhoon Haiyan-affected communities in the Philippines.

A few days ago, I began my version of the Amazing Race with Development and Peace! It is a ‘race’ to see and experience as much as I can in 10 days so that I can better understand the good works of Development and Peace in the Philippines.

First contact: between suspicion and acceptance

August 20, 2014
by 
Gabrielle Angers-Gosselin

The first contact in the women’s centres was a special experience for all of us. When the women saw us arriving for the first time in their centres with CEPROSI employees, we could feel a certain distrust directed our way. They continued to knit without paying much attention to our being there. For some of us, it was hard to feel rejected by the people we want to help.

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Women's centers

August 20, 2014
by 
Gabrielle Angers-Gosselin

Following our first blog post, we felt that it would be a good idea to provide more details about the women’s centres that we work with on a daily basis. As you already know, our introduction-to-international-solidarity internship with CEPROSI has led us to work with women from the Max Paredes and Cotahuma boroughs of the city of La Paz and the Ciudad Satelite district of the city of El Alto.

Quebec without borders interns in action for proper nutrition!

August 20, 2014
by 
Gabrielle Angers-Gosselin

Here we are at the finishing line! We’ve made it to the last week of work. Only the final details are left: thinking about our goodbye party; finishing our internship project; purchasing souvenirs; … and writing up a few blog posts to tell you about our experience here in Bolivia! We believe that it’s important to describe the daily life we’ve shared over these last two and a half months.

Nigeria: Coming face-to-face with survivors of Bring Back Our Girls and the terror of Boko Haram

August 19, 2014
by 
Raphael Yimga Tatchi, Programs Officer for Africa

For some time now, and with more and more insistence in the last few months, our partners in Nigeria, particularly in the North, have mentioned in our conversations the combined effects of violence and insecurity following attacks by the armed group Boko Haram. Not only are these partners forced to restrict the scope and frequency of their activities, but they must also deal with the emergence of humanitarian concerns.

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In Niger, an ocher landscape tinged with green in the middle of the Sahel

August 12, 2014
by 
Stéphane Vinhas

We are travelling down a paved road in western Niger, on our way to the village of Garbay Tombo, which is participating in a project being spearheaded by Caritas Niamey. The horizon is ocher, dotted with greenery. There are trees scattered here and there and shoots of millet struggling to emerge from the ground, hampered in their efforts by the absence of regular rainfall. On the side of the road, a herd of magnificently horned cattle are lumbering along slowly, laboriously, in the sweltering heat. They head to a muddy water hole where they can slake their thirst.

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Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga calls for just peace in Gaza

August 1, 2014
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Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga

Since early July, almost two million Palestinians in Gaza and people in Israel have been caught up in a devastating war. People have no safe place to hide when the bombs rain down on the densely-populated, small stretch land that is Gaza. They see their children slaughtered, their neighbourhoods razed to the ground and all hopes for a future of peace torn to shreds.

The battlefield is neighbourhoods full of children, women and men. It contains hospitals over-burdened with the injured and dead and schools which are being bombed even if they are meant to offer refuge.

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Cooperative providing new options and opportunities in Ethiopia

July 21, 2014
by 
Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer

Along the main road running through Surupa village, several women are removing loads of jerrycans from the backs of their donkeys. There are hundreds of jerry cans full of camel milk lining the road. A few minutes later, a public bus stops by the highway, and everyone becomes busy loading the jerry cans onto the top of the bus.

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