Hearing the cry of the poor.
At a small recognition event held at St. Patrick’s Parish in Victoria on May 4th, Development and Peace – Caritas Canada was delighted to announce the receipt of a major donation from the Sisters of St. Ann of St. Joseph’s Province. This lead contribution to a newly established Solidarity Fund will support the goals of the organization for many years to come. The donation is the single largest private contribution that Development and Peace has received to date.
Serge Langlois, Development and Peace Executive Director, thanked the Sisters for “responding in a tangible way to the cry of the poor.” He added that donations allow the organization to do “the right things, at the right time and in the right place.” Staff of the national office, diocesan members of Development and Peace, and representatives of the Diocesan Pastoral Centre joined the Sisters and their associates for the event.
From its beginning in 1850, the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Anne has worked to alleviate poverty through education and health care both in Canada and other parts of the world. In her remarks, Sister Marie Zarowny, Province Co-Leader, said that since the founding of Development and Peace 50 years ago “we have learned the extent to which economies are interconnected and especially how Canadian policies and practices impact the very lives of people who live elsewhere.” She went on to thank Development and Peace for identifying and working with partners in the global south “in a way that fosters their development as agents of their own lives and futures.”
With the interested generated from the capital in the Solidarity Fund, Development and Peace will support education, advocacy and international development projects: 75 percent of the interest will be directed to projects focusing on four main goals: peace and reconciliation;equal rights for women and men; ecological justice and democracy; and citizen participation. Twenty-five percent will be allocated to international aid to mitigate humanitarian crises
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