May 4, 2017, Victoria, British Colombia—Today, Development and Peace—Caritas Canada is delighted to announce the receipt of a $4 million donation from the Sisters of St. Ann of St. Joseph Province, which will be invested in a Solidarity Fund supporting the organization for many years to come. The donation is the single largest private contribution that Development and Peace has received to date.
Funding of $28.5 million over three years will fulfill both urgent and medium-term needs in conflict-affected areas.
Thursday, March 3, Montreal, Quebec—As the sixth anniversary of the Syrian conflict approaches, Development and Peace—Caritas Canada is pleased to announce the continued support of Global Affairs Canada for the organization’s humanitarian aid and sustainability efforts in the Middle East.
The three-year funding of $28.5 million, which will bring relief and hope to nearly 200,000 people, is allocated to Development and Peace as follows:
October 7, 2016 - The magnitude of the natural disaster that has struck the island of Haiti is increasing by the hour, but we already know that we are facing a major crisis.
L’ouragan Matthew, le plus puissant ouragan à frapper les côtes d’Haïti depuis une décennie, fait présentement des ravages au sein de la petite île. Haïti, le pays le plus pauvre de l’hémisphère nord, est particulièrement vulnérable quant aux impacts des désastres naturels.
Montreal, July 5, 2016- Development and Peace – Caritas Canada is joining with the Caritas Internationalis network, of which it is a member, for the launch of a global campaign called Syria: Peace is Possible, to meet the needs of the Syrian people, whose country has been facing a devastating crisis for over five years.
April 18, 2016
Development and Peace – Caritas Canada is closely monitoring the situation in Ecuador after a violent earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, struck the country on Saturday April 16, 2016. The organization stands in solidarity with the victims of this quake, the worst experienced by Ecuador since 1979.
In September 2015, with the support of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (D&P), Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Canada, and the Catholic Near East Welfare Association Canada (CNEWA), a joint fundraising campaign was launched, aimed at involving all the Church in Canada in order to assist Syrian refugees seeking shelter and protection in the Middle East and parts of Europe. To date, the joint campaign has raised more than $3.5 million.
As Ethiopia experiences one of its worst droughts in decades, Development and Peace is responding with immediate aid to help meet the acute needs created by this situation.
Development and Peace welcomes the announcement by the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, to extend the period to match donations for emergency relief for Syrians until February 29th, 2016.
“We are pleased that the Ministry of Global Affairs is continuing with the matching fund, especially since it is now winter, making conditions for refugees and those in Syria much more difficult,” says David Leduc, Executive Director of Development and Peace.
The current refugee crisis that is taking place in Europe requires a global response and Development and Peace is working with its Caritas partners in Europe to help bring relief to thousands of people who are trapped in limbo as they try to escape war, poverty and repression in their countries of origin.
Développement et Paix collabore avec ses homologues de Caritas en Europe afin de secourir des milliers de personnes qui sont prises au piège alors qu’elles tentent d’échapper à la guerre, à la pauvreté et à la répression dans leur pays d’origine.
Development and Peace is launching a new social economy program with its partners in Haiti. The program brings together a dozen local organizations that are receiving support and funding from Development and Peace to set up social enterprises that range from poultry farms to mango production and community bakeries.
25 Jun 2015 - We are a coalition of human rights and humanitarian organizations working to protect and assist the civilians of Syria.
Development and Peace is increasing its aid to those affected by the crisis in Syria, both within the country and in countries that have taken in refugees. The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFADT) has contributed $6.2 million towards Development and Peace’s work in the region. This is in addition to $11 million already contributed by DFADT. Development and Peace has also committed $1.2 million of its own funds to support local organizations in providing help and services.
The Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, has announced a joint emergency campaign with the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace to raise funds for the victims of the earthquake in Nepal. In addition, the Government of Canada has announced it will match any contributions to assist Nepal which are collected by May 25, 2015.
by Cynthia D'Cruz, Communication Assistants
Sierra Leone currently has the highest incidence of Ebola, with over 7,786 infections and 2,696 confirmed deaths (as of January 14, 2015). Beyond the immediate health crisis, there have also been concerns raised pertaining to the long term socio-economic impacts of the disease. These concerns include the economy, the social fabric, food security and agricultural production (due to loss of human capital).
January 12, 2010 – January 12, 2015
An unprecedented catastrophe On January 12, 2010, an earthquake devastated Haiti. It was the biggest tremor to hit the country in 200 years. In less than one minute, almost half of the homes in Port-au-Prince and its surroundings were reduced to dust.
A major catastrophe:
• Magnitude of 7.3 on the Richter scale;
• The epicentre of the quake was in the most populated area of the island;
• Over 200,000 deaths and more than 300,000 injured;
• 1.3 million people were left homeless; and
Development and Peace has received an additional $2.4 million from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) Canada to continue its humanitarian response in Northern Iraq, where there are currently over 500,000 people who have been displaced from their homes due to violent conflict.
It has been one year, since Typhoon Haiyan devastated the central region of the Philippines. Development and Peace witnessed an outpouring of generosity from Canadians across the country to help respond to this unprecedented natural disaster.
Since that time, the organization has been working with local organizations to reach the most poor and vulnerable affected by this disaster. Far beyond simply providing emergency relief, Development and Peace is aiming to strengthen communities, ensure their participation in decisions that affect them and make them more resilient.
As the political and humanitarian crisis in South Sudan continues to deteriorate, and millions face hunger in the coming months, Development and Peace is increasing its relief efforts in the country.
Working with the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (DMI) religious community, Development and Peace is providing aid in two United Nations camps in the capital Juba for those who have been displaced due to conflict in the country.