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Many remain vulnerable to hunger in the Sahel

July 9, 2014
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Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer
Domo Damani and her granddaughter trek home after visiting a Caritas centre in Niger

Two years after the serious humanitarian crisis that affected 16 million people in the Sahel region of West Africa, Development and Peace remains on alert. In 2013, the situation improved slightly, but the harvest was still not plentiful enough to fill the gaps, and the ongoing conflict in Mali continued to destabilize the population. Thousands of vulnerable families are still confronted with hunger and growing poverty.

South Sudan struggles for peace three years after independence

July 8, 2014
by 
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

It should be a day of celebration in South Sudan today. July 9th marks the third anniversary of the country’s hard-fought independence. Instead, the population lives amidst conflict and terror, the threat of hunger and disease looming large. The country was recently named the most fragile state in the world by the Fund for Peace, claiming the title which was previously held by Somalia. 

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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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Cassava cooperative changing lives

July 7, 2014
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Laura Perfili, Member of Development and Peace

A group of twelve Development and Peace members from the Prairies and the Atlantic provinces, accompanied by two staff members, are on a solidarity trip to the Philippines.

T'Boli indigenous community faces an uncertain future

July 5, 2014
by 
Danny Gillis, Animator for the Atlantic Provinces

A group of twelve Development and Peace members from the Prairies and the Atlantic provinces, accompanied by two staff members, are on a solidarity trip to the Philippines.

Honduras: Protecting a precious water source threatened by a dam

July 4, 2014
by 
Mary Durran, Latin America Programs Officer

The small town of San Francisco is nestled between the blue cloud-wrapped mountains and verdant tropical forests of the Pico Bonito National Park, and the sultry fruit-producing plains of the northern Atlantic coast of Honduras. A former banana plantation that borders the park has been replaced by pineapples for export. It is a community where no one goes hungry – even the stray dogs and cats look well-fed – but healthcare is precarious and jobs are few. Many youth have migrated to the US in search of opportunities.

Indigenous community threatened by a mining project

July 4, 2014
by 
Lawrence Townley-Smith, Member of Development and Peace
B'laan tribal leader Erita DIalang is defending her community against a planned mining project.

A group of 12 Development and Peace members from the Prairies and the Atlantic provinces, accompanied by two staff members, are on a solidarity trip to the Philippines.

A life-changing decision at a retreat… once again!

July 3, 2014
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Suzanne Slobodian, Fundraising Officer, Major Gifts and Planned Giving

A life-changing decision at a retreat… once again! It was at a retreat many years ago that Dr. Joachim Ostermann first felt the call from God. He subsequently left his career in the world of biotechnology and last year joined the Franciscans.

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Manila's urban poor defend their rights

July 3, 2014
by 
Christina Lipinski, Member of Development and Peace
New housing is being built for the urban poor is Manila.

A group of 12 Development and Peace members from the Prairies and the Atlantic provinces, accompanied by two staff members, are on a solidarity trip to the Philippines.

Sow much love: Development and Peace to call for support of small family farmers and their right to seeds during the 2014 fall campaign

July 2, 2014
by 
Elana Wright, Education Material Officer
Campain Teaser (fall2014)

At Development and Peace, we believe that there is room at the table for all. However, 1 billion people are still suffering from hunger – that’s 1 in 8 people of the entire human family! This fall, Development and Peace continues to answer the call of Pope Francis to fight the global scandal of hunger, by launching an education campaign about the role of women and men family farmers in fighting hunger.