Sister Nida Fe Chavez, a Sister of St. Joseph of Toronto, pictured far right, was one of eight Church representatives who traveled to the Philippines in late August 2014 with Development and Peace to meet Typhoon Haiyan’s refugees. She saw firsthand the devastation and the rebuilding efforts of D & P working with its Filipino and international partners.
Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Typhoon Yolanda, was one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded.
Development and Peace, August 28, 2014 — The fierceness of Typhoon Haiyan can be easily seen from the road that winds along the coast of Eastern Samar (Philippines). Every few hundred metres, out of the billowing coconut trees, another town of ramshackle houses appears, the tarps that serve as roofs flapping in the wind.
The Catholic Register, September 14, 2014 — Every one of the $13 million Development and Peace raised last year to help Filipinos left homeless by the most powerful hurricane ever to make landfall has a job to do.
Sister Pat Dowling is a Sister of St. Joseph in ministry with L’Arche in Honduras. She tells the story of Ronald, a boy in the village of Choluteca, and how they were able to assist him over the years…
On arriving in Choluteca and visiting neighbours, I found Ronald, a child in the corner of a hut with a dirt floor, listening to the radio and repeating what he heard.