Montreal, February 14, 2018 – Development and Peace – Caritas Canada is launching today on Ash Wednesday, its annual Lenten fundraising campaign known as Share Lent. The Together for Peace campaign aims to raise awareness among Canadians on the essential role of dialogue in peacebuilding efforts. For more than 50 years, as part of its community development and humanitarian aid projects, Development and Peace has supported local initiatives that promote dialogue, openness, and an understanding of others as a means for building lasting peace.
“This Lenten season, Development and Peace proposes that you partake in dialogue as a way to promote and share a culture of peace, tolerance, respect, and dignity. Lent is an opportune time to show our interest in others through a concrete gesture, however small, of our participation in building a world of peace. We invite Canadians to be generous in supporting the urgent and necessary work that Development and Peace is doing to improve the lives of local communities in the Global South,” says Serge Langlois, Executive Director of Development and Peace.
Together with its partners in the Global South, Development and Peace works to foster opportunities for dialogue that provide communities with a safe space where they can get to know one another, listen, express themselves, and find fair and lasting solutions to the challenges and conflicts that affect them. Five solidarity visitors that work with our partner organizations will soon be coming to Canada to talk about their work with vulnerable communities:
- Sao Vansey, Executive Director of the Cambodian Indigenous Community Support Organization (ICSO), will be visiting Alberta and British Colombia.
- Fausta Jean Maurice Baptiste, Program Coordinator of the Institute of Technology and Animation (ITECA) in Haiti, will be visiting Quebec and Ontario.
- Nagham Tarhini, Community Outreach Coordinator at the Adyan Foundation in Lebanon, will be visiting the Maritimes and Newfoundland.
- Felix C. Morka, Executive Director of the Social and Economic Rights Action Center (SERAC) in Nigeria, will be visiting Ontario.
- Lidia Rojas, School of Leaders project coordinator at the Bartolomé de las Casas Institute (IBC) in Peru, will be visiting Ontario and Western Quebec.
Education and fundraising activities will take place across the country over the next 40 days, and the 2018 Share Lent campaign will culminate on Sunday, March 18th, also known as Solidarity Sunday, with a special collection in parishes across the country.
Donations to this campaign will fund Development and Peace’s work with the most vulnerable communities. Development and Peace partners in the Global South work for peace and reconciliation, justice for women, governance and citizen participation, and ecological justice. Share Lent also helps fund the organization’s education and awareness programs in Canada.