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Dealing with the drought in Namibia

April 14, 2014
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Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer

Namibia is the 34th largest country in the world and receives the least rainfall in sub-Saharan Africa. Last summer, the country faced its worst drought in 30 years. Almost half of the population, or 1 million people, has suffered from or still suffers from hunger today.

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Very valuable stamps indeed!

April 11, 2014
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Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer

Nearly 200 philatelists gathered in Montreal and Quebec City on Saturday March 29 to participate in the stamp sale organized since 1992 by Development and Peace. A total of $2,727.70 was raised in Montreal on that day, bringing to $27,323.90 the amount collected since the beginning of the year. For their part, collectors from the metropolitan Quebec City region remitted $4,001.50 to Development and Peace for stamps, postcards, coins and small religious items.

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Syria: Development and Peace partner wins award for its work

April 4, 2014
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Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

Each year, Pax Christi International, a global Catholic peace movement and network that works to help establish peace, respect for human rights, justice and reconciliation in areas of the world that are torn by conflict, gives out the Pax Christi International Peace Award to honour an individual or organization taking a stand for peace in the world today.

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Together in solidarity

April 2, 2014
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Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

Next Sunday, April 6th, is Solidarity Sunday! It is the day when Catholics across the country are invited to give during a special Share Lent collection in their parish for the work of Development and Peace. This gift helps communities in the Global South put in place projects that respect and uplift human dignity. Most Rev. Paul-André Durocher, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and Archbishop of Gatineau invites us all to be in solidarity on this day in a special video message where he explains the mission of Development and Peace and our participation in the global campaign to end hunger One Human family, Food for All, that was launched by Pope Francis in December.

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A new stamp sale that’s not to be missed!

March 21, 2014
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Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer

Stamp collecting, also known as philately, is a hobby that can also express international solidarity. So once again this year, Development and Peace is organizing a used-stamp fundraising sale to finance projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

On Saturday March 29, 2014, thousands of used stamps from the world over will be put on sale, from 9 am to 3 pm in the basement of Marie-Reine-des-Cœurs parish, 5905 rue Turenne, Montreal (use the parking lot entrance on rue Bossuet), Cadillac metro.

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South Sudan: Renewed conflict displaces nearly one million people

March 18, 2014
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Kelly Di Domenico, Agente de communications

Since becoming its own nation in 2011, South Sudan has struggled to establish a society of peace and democracy. Lingering tensions that exist between various armed political and ethnic groups, which pre-date the creation of the country, were re-ignited in December 2013, when clashes erupted in the capital Juba. Since then, violence has spread to other parts of the country.

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Syria: Three years of crisis

March 14, 2014
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Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

March 15th marks three years since Syria entered into a civil war that has had devastating impacts on the Syrian population and enormous repercussions on the entire region of the Middle East. This crisis shows few signs of abating, and the humanitarian needs continue to rise with each passing day that this crisis endures.

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Get into the spirit of Share Lent!

March 13, 2014
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Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer
Fr. hagos with students at the national launch of the Share Lent campaign.

Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of our Share Lent campaign, and many activities have already taken place just in this first week! We held the national launch of the campaign in the Diocese of Hamilton with special guests Most Rev. Douglas Crosby and Fr. Hagos Hayish, the Secretary General of Caritas Ethiopia. Both did touching presentations on the impact of Development and Peace’s work to be in solidarity with the most poor and vulnerable in the Global South and how this is changing lives.

March 8th is International Women’s Day!

March 7, 2014
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Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer

In honour of International Women’s Day, which is celebrated on March 8th all across the planet, Development and Peace wants to highlight the contribution made by millions of women as they strive to create a more just world. Women, for instance, are crucial players for achieving food sovereignty. In developing countries, 79 percent of women on the labour market work in the agricultural sector, yet they have less access than men to credit, markets, technology and agricultural services.

Montreal launches the Share Lent campaign on Shrove Tuesday

March 5, 2014
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Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer

Yesterday, on Tuesday, March 4, Shrove Tuesday, Development and Peace members, supporters and employees gathered at the Centre for Sustainable Development for the Montreal launch of the “One human family, food for all” Share Lent campaign. Bishop Faddoul, Apostolic Exarch of Western and Central Africa for the Maronites and president of Caritas Lebanon, as well as Dr. Rita Rhayem, Director of Health for Caritas Lebanon were both guests of honour of Development and Peace.

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