News from our partners

Bread of life

September 13, 2013
by 
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

The conflict in Syria has intensified over the last few months. With increased violence, people are continuing to flee the country. However, there are those who can’t leave and as such, they must cope with ever-worsening and arduous conditions. There are now 4.5 million people within the country who are displaced, which is the equivalent of about 20% of the population. In addition, ongoing hostilities have destroyed infrastructure and left cities isolated and without basic necessities – including food. What little is left, is unaffordable for much of the population.

Tags: 

Soul-changing Solidarity

June 25, 2013
by 
Karen Rawlings, Member of Development and Peace

Several members of Development and Peace along with two Regional Animators are currently on a solidarity tour of Madagascar to visit with local organizations supported by Development and Peace. Over the next few weeks, they will be writing about their visits and experiences.

Tags: 

Youth are the future

June 7, 2013
by 
Pat Acheson, Member of Development and Peace

Several members of Development and Peace along with two Regional Animators are currently on a solidarity tour of Madagascar to visit with local organizations supported by Development and Peace. Over the next few weeks, they will be writing about their visits and experiences.

We had the opportunity to go to the Antananarivo (Tana) Cathedral for an audience with Archbishop Odon of Tana. During our visit, he commented that family is a critical element for any positive, successful development in Madagascar.

Tags: 

Arrival in Antananaviro

June 4, 2013
by 
Pat Acheson, Development and Peace Member

Several members of Development and Peace along with two Regional Animators are currently on a solidarity tour of Madagascar to visit with local organizations supported by Development and Peace. Over the next few weeks, they will be writing about their visits and experiences.

Tags: 

Solidarity trip to Madagascar

June 3, 2013
by 
Brenda Chaput-Saltel, Manitoba Regional Animator

Several members of Development and Peace along with two Regional Animators are currently on a solidarity tour of Madagascar to visit with local organizations supported by Development and Peace. Over the next few weeks, they will be writing about their visits and experiences.

Here is their first message!

Tags: 

Arms Trade Treaty – Defining moment in moving towards a world of peace

May 9, 2013
by 
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer
Syrian refugee Photo: Caritas

When 154 members of the United Nations General Assembly, including Canada, voted in favour of a universal Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on April 2nd, 2013, it was a historic step towards instilling a culture of peace worldwide.

Latin America: Telling the Leopard's Tale

April 30, 2013
by 
Mary Durran, Latin America Programs Officer

“The story of Africa has been documented by the hunter, and not by the leopard,” said Portuguese academic, Boaventura de Sousa, who has called for history to be retold from the perspective of the victims of colonialism, genocide and unbridled capitalism.

Peasant struggles honoured by commemorative day

April 18, 2013
by 
Marie-Hélène Roy, Youth Programs Officer

April 17th marked International Day of Peasant Struggles. This day was launched in Eldorado dos Carajas, Brazil, in 1996, after the assassination of 19 peasants who were members of Brazil’s Landless Rural Workers' Movement (MST), a Development and Peace partner. Around the world, peasants are struggling daily against deforestation, land grabbing, the polluting of water and soil, but also to improve their living conditions.

Honduras: New laws put communities at a disadvantage

April 19, 2013
by 
Mary Durran, Latin America Programs Officer

The people of the Siria Valley in Honduras may have breathed a sigh of relief in 2010 with the closure of the Canadian-owned San Martin gold mine that sits in their midst, but now they must brace themselves for further environmental destruction and depletion of their water supply. In mid-January, after two years of negotiations and opposition from civil society, a new mining law was finally approved by the Honduran Congress.

Honduras: “We are not stealing or begging – we are demanding what is rightfully ours.”

April 18, 2013
by 
Mary Durran, Latin America Programs Officer
Fernando is the group leader of the Indigenous Lenca Movement of La Paz, who are trying to reclaim their land.

In Honduras’ mountainous southern department of La Paz, mornings are chilly and the altitude is ideal for coffee growing. Here, the dark-skinned indigenous Lenca people make up 80% of the population. Yet, from the poverty and the discrimination they endure, one might think they were a minority.

In this community, four out of ten children die before they reach the age of two from a poverty-related disease. Most of the girls become pregnant while still minors, and in the community of Santa Elena alone, eleven women died last year in childbirth.