Emergencies

Still 200,000 people without a real home

January 10, 2014
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Gilio Brunelli, Directeur of International Programs

On the eve of the fourth anniversary of the earthquake that struck Haiti, there are neither particular preparations nor special expectations in the streets of Port-au-Prince. There are no plans on the part of civil society, and there are only rumours that the government will organize something to commemorate this sad event. But three days before the fateful moment, we still do not know what the nature or scope of this “thing” will be. Nobody has the heart for it anyway.

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Haiti: the complex world of reconstruction

January 10, 2014
by 
Gilio Brunelli, Director of International Programs

No need to be in Haiti itself to realize that the world of reconstruction of this country is both disparate and complex, and to see the variety of initiatives that have burst on the scene there. In Miami airport, where I wait for my flight to Port-au-Prince, I notice a group of men and women dressed as "volunteers." It says in red and bold characters on their shirts “Volunteer work for Haitian children." In their case, it's clear; they are going to Haiti for the children. I then observe a couple in their fifties with a guitar.

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Pakistan Floods: Program ends but the impact doesn’t

January 7, 2014
by 
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

In the summer of 2010, Pakistan experienced one of the worst monsoon seasons in its history. Heavy rains left one-fifth of the country submerged in water and approximately 20 million people were affected by this natural disaster.

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Activities in full swing thanks to your generosity

December 20, 2013
by 
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer
Typhoon victims receive clothing from Caritas Philippines-NASSA

Development and Peace has increased support to relief efforts in the Philippines thanks to the outpouring of generosity from across the country in response to Typhoon Haiyan.

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Church calls for ceasefire as situation deteriorates in Central African Republic

December 20, 2013
by 
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer
Violence has led thousands to take refuge in churches and on church properties in the Central African Republic. Credit Caritas

As violence continues to escalate in the Central African Republic, the Catholic Church in the country is calling for an immediate ceasefire.

"We're deeply concerned about the crisis in Central African Republic (CAR). The situation in Bangui is chaotic. Many people have been killed. The fighting must stop immediately," said Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga of the capital Bangui.

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Syria Crisis: Education offers hope to refugees

December 2, 2013
by 
Guy Des Aulniers, Programs Officer for Syria

Laith Eskander is drinking his coffee. I am too. We need it! It must be only 10 C in the schoolyard of the Rome Catholic School in Amman, Jordan, where we are standing. Yet, the cold hasn’t stopped over 200 young adults from trickling into the yard to wait for their night classes to start. Most are Syrian, but there are also Iraqis, Sudanese, Somalis, Sri Lankans, Indonesians and others, I’m sure. They have come to learn either English or computer programming. The teachers have similar origins, but there are also British and American volunteers.

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Aid reaching remote areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan

November 28, 2013
by 
Ryan Worms, Deputy Director In-Canada Programs Department, reporting from the Philippines

“Tacloban and the island of Leyte have received wide media coverage, but Panay Island mustn’t be forgotten,” said Father Mark Granflor, director of the Social Action Centre of the archdiocese of Capiz (the diocesan Caritas office). “Here too, families have been very badly hit and people are suffering. More than 147,000 people have been affected, and you only have to look around to see that people need help.”

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Temporary shelters distributed in hardest-hit areas of the Philippines

November 27, 2013
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Ryan Worms, Deputy Director In-Canada Programs Department, reporting from the Philippines

The city of Tacloban, one of the areas that suffered the worst devastation from Typhoon Haiyan, received some relief when the Caritas network delivered 500 tarpaulins to those left without shelter after the storm.

The tarps were transported by the Australian Air Force, who took the Caritas cargo from Cebu, the main hub of relief efforts, to Tacloban, on a C-130 Hercules.

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Syria Crisis: Caritas Centre providing essential needs to Syrian refugees in Jordan

November 25, 2013
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Guy Des Aulniers, Programs Officer for Syria

When I arrived at the Caritas Centre in Irbid, Jordan, there was a queue of about a hundred people waiting to register. Most are Syrians who have fled the civil war in their country, but there are also Palestinians forced to evacuate their refugee camp in Syria’s capital Damascus due to bombings. Why are so many waiting in line?

Solidarity has no boundaries

November 22, 2013
by 
Ryan Worms, Deputy Director In-Canada Programs Department, reporting from the Philippines

“Solidarity is important to the Philippines,” said Trixie Suarez, headmistress of the Singapore School on Cebu, one of the islands badly damaged by Typhoon Haiyan.

“Our students and teachers organized a fundraiser so that in partnership with Caritas we can help people affected by this natural disaster,” she said.

Mrs. Suarez and fifteen students along with members of Caritas Cebu, the diocesan branch of Caritas Philippines-NASSA, distributed food and other aid items Tuesday to 3,650 survivors of the deadly storm in the north of Cebu.

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