Youth

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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Seeing firsthand the impacts of a mine

July 16, 2014
by 
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.

Des paysans solidaires pour la souveraineté alimentaire

July 9, 2014
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Ève-Laurence Hébert, stagiaire QSF en Haïti

Bien que la population de Papaye ne s’élève qu’à seulement 500 habitants, la contestation que l’on retrouve au sein des institutions du MPP est constante et féroce. Lieu de réunion des grands événements protestataires, la communauté de Papaye s’active, chaque année, à rassembler des centaines, voire des milliers de paysannes et paysans afin de faire connaître, à la population haïtienne et à la communauté internationale, leur mécontentement quant aux multinationales, aux institutions financières internationales et à la mondialisation du secteur agroalimentaire.

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In Burundi: Shelter Found After Torrential Rains

July 8, 2014
by 
Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer

On the night of February 9-10, residents of the northern neighborhoods of Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, woke up to grieve for themselves and their fellow citizens. The neighborhoods were submerged as a result of major floods. Torrential rains caused a destructive mix of water and sediments to flood these areas, causing 76 deaths, including some children, and 708 injuries.

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The sky, the earth and the people

June 30, 2014
by 
Selina Hunt, youth member of Development and Peace

A group of Development and Peace youth members from across Canada are in Zambia on a youth solidarity trip to learn more about the work of Development and Peace and its partners.

Learning the intricacies of organic farming

June 28, 2014
by 
Jennifer Lagassé and Kira Paisley, youth members of Development and Peace

A group of Development and Peace youth members from across Canada are in Zambia on a youth solidarity trip to learn more about the work of Development and Peace and its partners.

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A Voice for Justice: Students go mining and dig out some valuable lessons

February 3, 2014
by 
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

Who knew that a cookie could teach so much! This year, as part of our campaign A Voice for Justice calling for an ombudsman for responsible mining, we gave students the opportunity to understand the realities faced by communities in the Global South when a mining company doesn’t respect their rights. How? By mining cookies!

What did we learn from World Youth Day?

July 31, 2013
by 
Shelley Burgoyne, Youth Officer
Shelley between two WYD Pilgrims at the English Welcome Centre.

Thursday afternoon at the Vivo Rio English Welcome Centre, Fr. Thomas Rosica took some time away from managing the amazing live coverage of WYD by Salt + Light TV to say Mass for the Canadians gathered there. Nearing the end, he shared a quick story of his time after World Youth Day Toronto in 2002, where he was a key organizer. 

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Wet weather isn't dampening spirits

July 26, 2013
by 
Shelley Burgoyne, Youth Officer

On the second day of activities for World Youth Day, and almost a week and a half into the journey for most pilgrims, fatigue and frustration should be starting to settle in. It’s been raining and overcast for the past three days, making temperatures in tropical Rio chilly enough to rattle even hardy Canadians. 

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Waiting makes your heart bigger

July 24, 2013
by 
Shelley Burgoyne, Youth Officer
Waiting makes your heart bigger.

They say patience is a virtue, and that is never more clear than when you're facing mile-long lineups like at World Youth Day. Taking my place in the lineup to grab my WYD kit, I watched as different groups dealt with their anxiety in different ways. Some stood quietly, perhaps meditating, praying or simply dreaming of the front of the line or a cold ice cream cone. Others sat and sang songs, danced or played games with their fellow pilgrims. As I neared the front of the line after an hour or so of waiting, a hand-made poster caught my eye:

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