Members in action

Solidarity visitor from Colombia shares human rights struggles

April 1, 2015
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By Heidi Matthews, Hamilton Diocesan Council Chair
Heidi Matthews (Hamilton Diocesan Chair), His Excellency Bishop Douglas Crosby (Diocese of Hamilton), Father Franco, Rosa Odalmis Delis (Translator)

From March 13th to the 17th, the Diocese of Hamilton was blessed to have a Solidarity Visitor, Fr. Alberto Franco, CSsR, from Columbia.

Fr. Franco is the Executive Secretary of Development and Peace’s partner, the Inter-Church Commission for Justice and Peace (CIJP). He has been an ardent defender of human rights for over 20 years and has been accompanying Afro-Colombians, indigenous peoples and peasant farmers in defending and reclaiming their lands.

Meaningful encounters with solidarity visitor in British Columbia

March 9, 2015
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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.

It’s out of small steps that big things happen

November 24, 2014
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Kira Paisley, Sow Much Love photo contest winner

I felt very fortunate to have been given the chance, through Development and Peace’s Sow Much Love photo contest, to attend Food Secure Canada’s 8th National Assembly in Halifax from November 13-15, 2014.

Two days of emotions in the Philippines

August 22, 2014
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Arthur Peters, Executive Director, ShareLife Toronto

Arthur Peters is the Executive Director of ShareLife of the Archdiocese of Toronto. He is part of a delegation visiting Development and Peace projects in response to Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve thought alot about the people who were on the Malaysian airliner that was shot down last month. The passengers were likely eating a meal, watching a movie, or speaking with one another, and in an instant it was all over.

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

August 20, 2014
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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.

Finding harmony between humans and nature

July 21, 2014
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Christine Charette, Youth member of Development and Peace

The landscapes in Zambia are unbelievable! Today, we are on our way to Livingstone, known for the famous and powerful Victoria Falls. I’m so thankful to our Zambian friend, Andrew Simpasa, a Jesuit seminarian, for his kindness, his happiness and his time and energy to bring us to visit this amazing wonder of the world. I have never seen someone so proud of his country!

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A mountain of memories to share

July 17, 2014
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Armella Sonntag, Regional Animator for Saskatchewan

There comes a time in most journeys when the mind and heart make the switch over from focussing on the travel and adventure to thinking about returning home. Yesterday was that day for us. For our last full day in the Philippines, we put ourselves in the hands of our partner, PETA (Philippines Educational Theatre Association). They led us through a morning of evaluation, an afternoon of preparing for our return home and an evening of celebration.

Seeing firsthand the impacts of a mine

July 16, 2014
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Sean Jeffrey, Development and Peace youth member

On Canada Day, we drove to the mining town of Mufilira with Development and Peace’s partner JCTR Kitwe. We shared some of our national pride with our Zambian friends by singing them Oh Canada. The pride that I held onto was challenged many times throughout our very eye-opening visit that day. The site of the copper mine we visited was very similar to the mines that are headquartered back in Canada.

Securing homes for the homeless after Typhoon Haiyan

Rebuilding a community one house at a time

July 10, 2014
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Maureen Sonntag, Member of Development and Peace

Today, we travelled to Caisawan in the province of Eastern Samar to actively participate in the Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) Shelter Recovery Program. The money for this program has come from Canadians who donated to Development and Peace’s emergency appeal to help those who experienced the devastating impacts of Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the central part of the Philippines on November 8, 2013.