This year, join us for an interactive journey through the season of Lent with our solidarity calendar. Each week, we’ll explore a different facet of Development and Peace through activities that include moments of prayer, action and fundraising. We’ll also host several virtual events, where you’ll get to meet some of our partners, members and staff. To receive weekly updates about upcoming events and campaign activities, subscribe to our newsletter.
We can’t wait to bring the Share Love, Share Lent campaign to you!
The Gospel reading for the first Sunday of Lent marks the start of Jesus’s journey in the desert. Around the world, millions of women, children and men risk their lives on perilous journeys as they flee conflict zones or ecological disasters. Take a moment to watch a short video about Aysha, a Syrian refugee in Lebanon, whom Development and Peace’s partners are helping. She is just one of the 80 million people displaced in the world today.
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Meet our partners activity!
This morning, join a webinar with Rebecca Rathbone, animator for Southwestern Ontario; Dominique Godbout, international programs officer; and Abdullah Fuad, head of program for our partner Caritas Bangladesh in the Cox’s Bazar District. They will discuss the response to the Rohingya refugee emergency; how Caritas is alleviating its impacts on the worst-affected communities; and Development and Peace's unique philosophy when it comes to humanitarian responses.
Saturday, February 27 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern time on Zoom.
Missed it? Catch up by viewing the recording here:
Friday, February 26, 2021
Did you know that only one in five people in low-income countries are covered by social safety net programs?
Read our Recovering Together campaign backgrounder to learn how the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated the deep inequalities in our social and economic structures.
Last summer, in response to the devastating explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, Development and Peace supporters from across Canada showed extraordinary solidarity. Within days, people donated over $700,000 to Development and Peace's emergency appeal. The money will support immediate and longer-term community-led reconstruction efforts to help the most-affected communities recover.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Have you read our weekly reflection yet? This week, Archbishop Hundt of the Archdiocese of St. John's, N.L., offers his thoughts on last Sunday's Gospel reading, Mark 1:12-15. Archbishop Hundt currently serves on Development and Peace’s national council.
Monday, February 22, 2021
A story from Somalia
Drought and conflict forced 35-year-old Hawo to flee her home with her seven children. Hers is a situation faced by over 2.5 million Somali people.
With support from Development and Peace's partner Trócaire, Hawo and several other internally displaced women participated in a range of activities to improve food production, diversify their livelihoods and encourage good financial planning.
Trócaire's food security program allowed Hawo to reap a bumper harvest of cowpeas, spinach and parsley. With the US$162 earned from the produce, she repaid a long-owed debt and was able to provide for her family.
“Now, we have enough food to eat and we are no longer skipping meals,” Hawo reports.