News from our partners

Haiti: When sharing experiences strengthens civil society

April 18, 2013
Marie-Hélène Roy, Youth Officer

Since the earthquake of January 12, 2010, Development and Peace has been supporting a number of reconstruction projects put forward by various Haitian civil society partners. So, after more than three years, where are we in this extremely complex process of rebuilding a society that was already socio-economically vulnerable and whose weakness was exacerbated even further as a result of this natural disaster?

Hassan Ruvakuki, a journalist at Radio Bonesha, is released from prison

March 18, 2013
Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer

Development and Peace is greeting with joy the news of the release of 37-year-old journalist Hassan Ruvakuki. A journalist at Radio Bonesha (a Development and Peace partner in Burundi), and a correspondent with Radio France internationale (RFI), Ruvakuki spent 15 months in prison.

Honduras: Development and Peace supports the women of the Siria Valley on International Women's Day

March 8, 2013
Mary Durran, Latin America Programs Officer
Women of the Siria Valley have heavy metal presence in their blood due to a mine

It has now been two years since the suited managers of the San Martin open pit gold mine, owned by Goldcorp, packed their bags and left the Siria Valley in central Honduras. They had spent literally hundreds of hours of air time, reassuring the population that the mine hadn’t harmed the surrounding environment.

As proof, they even built an eco-tourism hotel on the mine site, raised cattle and poultry and planted eucalyptus trees everywhere – although the thirsty nature of these in an area with a gradually diminishing water supply seemed to escape them.

March 8th: International Women’s Day

March 7, 2013
Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer

Celebrated for over 100 years in numerous countries around the world, International Women’s Day is an occasion to recognize women for their achievements. Victims of all types of violence, they struggle on a daily basis for better access to land, education, work, credit, and property.

A New Leaf: the show is on the road!

February 27, 2013
Suzanne Slobodian, Fundraising Officer, Major Gifts and Planned Giving

We just launched our "Cross Canada Tour" (5 cities) Monday night in Ottawa and it was with a lot of pride that Mgr Terrence Prendergast (Archbishop of Ottawa) hosted the premiere of the documentary A New Leaf. Mgr Prendergast made the opening remarks of the one-hour panel discussion following the film screening. The hundred participants had the opportunity to ask all their questions to our guests: Fr.

Mali Emergency: Development and Peace is supporting Caritas in the Sahel

February 26, 2013
Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer
CADEV - Caritas Niger - staff with Malian refugees

The ongoing conflict in Mali is the result of a complex series of events in which each player has defended their own interests. Secessionist ambitions, control of natural resources, the imposition of sharia, are all claims raised by a variety of national and international actors. After launching a military offensive in early January 2013, French troops supported by African troops have now taken control of almost the entire territory, but the instability persists.

More than 300 000 displaced persons

World Day of Social Justice

February 20, 2013
Kelly Di Domenico and Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officers

It is appropriate that this year World Day of Social Justice falls during our Share Lent campaign - a moment where we celebrate our commitment and solidarity towards building a just world. Social justice touches on questions of rights, human dignity and solidarity. It is also deeply connected to questions of ecological justice and respect of natural resources with regards to their management, conservation and justice.

Fifty houses built in Ti-Boucan! On the way to our goal!

February 5, 2013
Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer
Raphaël Sene, Foreman of Door and Window Production

Development and Peace’s housing project in Haiti would not be possible without the residents of Ti-Boucan, the workers and craftsmen in the factory that was set up to create the materials, and the Institut de technologie et d’animation communautaire (ITECA). And after several months of non-stop work, the first houses are springing up from the ground!


Mali: growing number of refugees in neighbouring countries

January 30, 2013
Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer
The refugees are arriving in one of the most arid parts of Burkina Faso. They’ve arrived with nothing. They need food, shelter, medical care and fuel. Photo: Simone Stefanelli/Caritas

According to figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, more than 7,500 Malians have fled their country in the last two weeks. The intensification of fighting has compelled entire families, some of them in car or truck, others on foot or on the backs of donkeys, to seek refuge in neighbouring countries (mainly in Niger, Burkina Faso and Mauritania).

Our response to Typhoon Saola in the Philippines

January 23, 2013
Geneviève Talbot, International Programs Officer

In August 2012, Typhoon Saola (also referred to as Gener) and torrential rains caused extensive damage in the northern Philippines, particularly in the capital Manila and its surrounding areas. Flooding, the displacement of communities and fears that floodwaters could take months to dissipate, as occurred after the passage of Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) in 2009, motivated the Development and Peace's partners to respond quickly.