De­vel­op­ment and Peace do­ing good

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - Co­lette Sauvé, Glen Robert­son

The Ed­i­tor, De­vel­op­ment and Peace, which was es­tab­lished in 1967, is the of­fi­cial in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion of the Catholic Church in Canada.

For over 50 years, D&P has sup­ported 15,200 lo­cal ini­tia­tives in fields such as agri­cul­ture, ed­u­ca­tion, women's equal­ity, hous­ing and co­op­er­a­tive move­ments and com­mu­nity ac­tion as well as the con­sol­i­da­tion of peace and ad­vo­cacy for hu­man rights in 70 coun­tries.

It sup­ports part­ners work­ing in or­der to im­prove liv­ing con­di­tions in Africa, Asia, Latin Amer­ica and the Mid­dle East. Peace can­not be seen sim­ply as the ab­sence of war. It must be built daily and it must strive to­wards a more per­fect jus­tice among hu­man be­ings.

With the proper so­cial and eco­nomic tools, peo­ple in the third world can lead bet­ter lives. D&P seeks ways to help peo­ple of all faiths in the third world break the cy­cle of poverty through com­mu­nity-based, sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tives. The funds sent abroad sup­port grass­roots or­ga­ni­za­tions run by peo­ple who know first hand the is­sue fac­ing the de­vel­op­ing world.

It also so­lic­its do­na­tions from Cana­di­ans to pro­vide emer­gency relief abroad for nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, civil dis­tur­bances and other hu­man tragedies. The work is su­per­vised by a 21-mem­ber na­tional coun­cil com­posed of vol­un­teers. 79 per cent of your dol­lar goes to in­ter­na­tional pro­grams, 11 per cent to Cana­dian pro­grams, six per cent to gov­er­nance and op­er­a­tions and four per cent to fixed costs and new ini­tia­tives. Please be gen­er­ous in your spe­cial share Lent en­ve­lope in next Sun­day's col­lec­tion.

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