Together for the Good Friday Fast!

March 27, 2013
Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer

On the occasion of the Good Friday Fast, a number of people are preparing to raise funds in solidarity with Development and Peace so as to support our partners in Africa, Asia, Latin American and the Middle East. Hundreds of Canadians from all across the nation will be taking part. Fasting represents a symbolic choice in favour of solidarity with the poor, the oppressed, and the hungry, and provides a time-out to concentrate on what really matters.

What does a recipe for a fast look like?

March 26, 2013
Luke Stocking, Deputy Director, In Canada Programs
THINKfast Good Friday Fast

First, take a rich tradition like the Catholic one of fasting on Good Friday.

Add 241 people and 67 groups across Canada who want to share their hope for a better world with their family and friends and are willing to go without food to do so.

Mix them together and you have the Development and Peace Good Friday Fast - an online effort to cook up support for our mission of building a better world. The fast happens this Friday, March 29th!

Commitment to human dignity is needed more than ever in our world today

February 13, 2013
Richard Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton, President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

Commitment to human dignity is needed more than ever in our world today. One billion among us go hungry, and countless others are sacrificed to the idols of greed, violence, and war.

Join Development and Peace in recognizing International Human Solidarity Day

December 20, 2012
William Reynolds, Online Outreach Officer

In 2005, the UN General Assembly proclaimed December 20th to be International Human Solidarity Day to promote and strengthen the culture of solidarity and the spirit of sharing necessary for working towards the eradication of poverty.

World leaders recognized that in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, solidarity and cooperation would be imperative to international relations in the 21st century. After all, the United Nations has been a long-standing proponent that striving for international peace and security relies on unity, harmony, and solidarity.

Sowing the seeds of solidarity

October 23, 2012
Josianne Gauthier, Deputy Executive Director and Guy Des Aulniers, Program Officer for Emergency Relief

Apparently, it is never too early to teach the concept of solidarity, nor does it have to be difficult. When the Director of our 3-year-old boy’s daycare informed me that she intended to put together an awareness-building project on Africa for the 2-5 year-olds and that the exercise would culminate in a fundraising activity in support of our West Africa appeal, I was both moved and surprised.


New video on food crisis in the Sahel

August 31, 2012
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

Over 18 million people are suffering from food shortages in the Sahel region of West Africa and Development and Peace is helping. To learn more about our response with our partners in the region, watch On the Brink: Hunger in the Sahel, a new video produced in collaboration with Salt+Light TV.

Catholics across Canada mobilize for West Africa

June 22, 2012
Josianne Gauthier, Deputy Executive Director
Niger is one of the countries currently affected by a food crisis

The drought and food shortages currently affecting 18 million people in six countries in West Africa are signs of a growing humanitarian crisis in the region. Although this situation is receiving little media attention, Catholics are not waiting for the crisis to worsen in order to start acting. Most Rev.

Saskatoon school raises $42,000 for Development and Peace!

June 1, 2012
Michelle Dinter-Lipinski, National Council Member and Louise Bitz, Teacher at Holy Cross High School

Each year, Holy Cross High School in Saskatoon holds a Box Lunch Auction to raise money for Development and Peace. Homeroom classes create, assemble, and prepare lunches which are then sold off to the highest bidders. Students gather in the gym in the morning and for one hour lunches are promoted (by a real auctioneer) and then sold - always for a value far exceeding the actual cost of the meal! The spirit that overrides the event is not ‘how much can we get', but ‘how much can we give.' Thousands of dollars are raised as the school comes together in a spirit of community and generosity.

After the Fasting – comes the Feasting

May 29, 2012
Sara Michel, Alberta/ MacKenzie Fort Smith Animator

Development and Peace activities in the Alberta region follow a wonderful rhythm, very much like a daily or life cycle. September, thanks to the Fall Education and Action Campaign, is an awakening of the mind, causing a stir in the heart and soul that prompts engagement and action. The Christmas season is the lunch break - a necessary rest stop in the journey to focus on the Creator, one’s family and friends, and oneself.

"It gives me hope!..."

May 10, 2012
Suzanne Slobodian, Fundraising Officer, Major Gifts

It is with this cry of the heart that a major donor (who prefers to remain anonymous) closed the meeting that we had with her last Friday (May 4th), to thank her for an important gift she made for a project involving youth in the Palestinian Territories.

I was there with one of my colleagues from International Programs, Sonia Lebesgue, Program Officer for the Middle East, and Monica Lambton, a very active member of Development and Peace, who lived in Jerusalem for a few years.