Development and Peace participates in the Caritas Conference on the Middle East

September 15, 2014

Yesterday Caritas Internationalis began a three-day meeting in Rome on issues regarding the crisis in the Middle East, with Development and Peace very much involved. The Caritas organizations of the Middle East, as well as Caritas partner associations, are meeting to assess the humanitarian situation and to re-evaluate the response of the confederation to the crises in the region.

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A race to the end in the Philippines!

September 8, 2014
Fran Lucas, 2nd Vice-President of the Catholic Women’s League

Just when I thought my Development and Peace Amazing Race had become a bit routine we hit a road block!

A full schedule and a full heart in the Philippines

August 29, 2014
Pat Kennedy, President of Development and Peace

After a long flight from Canada, our Development and Peace delegation arrived in Manila around midnight, Saturday, August 15, 2014.  We were tired but excited to begin our visit with our partners in the Philippines, particularly those responding to Typhoon Haiyan. It was such a pleasure to meet the other members of the delegation that I would be travelling with over the next 10 days. I was so impressed with the commitment of everyone in the group, all giving of their time to share in this visit.

Making sure no one is forgotten in the response to Typhoon Haiyan

August 28, 2014
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

The fierceness of Typhoon Haiyan can be easily seen from the road that winds along the coast of Eastern Samar (Philippines). Every few hundred metres, out of the billowing coconut trees, another town of ramshackle houses appears, the tarps that serve as roofs flapping in the wind. With so much devastation around, it is easy to lose sight of what is beyond the palm trees.

The difficult fight against the "invisible enemy"

August 26, 2014
Stéphane Vinhas

Since viruses do not recognize borders, the Ebola virus disease has become a threat for several neighbouring West African countries. Adding to the difficulty of finding a transnational solution is the pressure of controlling a disease that has social, psychological and economic implications.

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Two days of emotions in the Philippines

August 22, 2014
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 spirit that can’t be broken, even after a typhoon

August 20, 2014
Kelly Di Domenico

It’s been nine months since Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) barrelled through the Philippines, yet evidence of its gale force winds and crushing waves are still very visible all around the city of Tacloban, one of the worst-hit areas. Although debris has been cleared from the roads, at times it feels as if it has simply been pushed to the side. Gnarled metal reaches out towards the sky, surrounded by collapsed walls. Nearly every structure has some part of it that is bent, shattered, twisted or simply missing.

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

August 20, 2014
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.

First contact: between suspicion and acceptance

August 20, 2014
Gabrielle Angers-Gosselin

The first contact in the women’s centres was a special experience for all of us. When the women saw us arriving for the first time in their centres with CEPROSI employees, we could feel a certain distrust directed our way. They continued to knit without paying much attention to our being there. For some of us, it was hard to feel rejected by the people we want to help.


Bolivia: Women centre's improve women's health

August 20, 2014
Gabrielle Angers-Gosselin, Quebec Without Borders intern

Following our first blog post, we felt that it would be a good idea to provide more details about the women’s centres that we work with on a daily basis. As you already know, our internship with CEPROSI has led us to work with women from the Max Paredes and Cotahuma boroughs of the city of La Paz and the Ciudad Satelite district of the city of El Alto. These are the target populations of CEPROSI, and to reach them, they are working with the Sembrando Semillas women’s association, which has more than 300 women in over 20 centres.