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The CTF mission was started with morning mass offered by Fr. Sojan MI. The whole group was divided into two under the leadership of Frs. Sojan and Shiju. The description of today's medical camps was given by Fr. Jofree. After sorting the medicines the first group started to the campsite around 7:30 a.m.

The second group started at 9 a.m. to Ellathuvayal campsite together with PHC staff of Kurukkanmoola. We examined 22 patients and provided suitable medicine out of which majority of the males were having skin infections due to waterlogging. About 23 families were residing in that locality out of which 107 were in the camp.

Next campsite was added to Nehru Memorial UP School Valliyoorkave. 352 inmates were in the camp with 150 males and 148 females coming fro... ...

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Today at exactly 2:27 this morning (July 24, 2019), Father Leocir Pessini, MI, the Superior General of the Order of the Ministers of the Infirm (Camillians) and founder of the Camillian Disaster Service International passed away due to a relapse of melanoma in which he was diagnosed about 10 years ago. He died at our healthcare facility (Recanto San Camillo) in Cotia, Sao Paolo, Brazil at the age of 64.

Father Leo has been very instrumental in establishing the new humanitarian Foundation known as CADIS since the formation of the Camillin Task Force in 2000. Since then CADIS has responded to several huge disasters in Africa, America, Asia and Europe. 

He is a prolific writer especially in the field of Bioethics. Recently, he started writing on the subject of Planetary Health... ...

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To avoid the real danger of "leaving rubbles, deserts and dirt to future generations," an "organic and concerted action of integral ecology" is necessary. This is what the Holy Father Francis was addressing to the participants of the international conference convened on July 6, 2018, on the occasion of the 3rd anniversary of the publication of the encyclical letter Laudato Si. These words echo the cry of the Pope - an appeal to an authentic ecological conversion. It is addressed not only to the rulers and leaders of our planet but to every man and woman aware of the tragic ecological situation in which we are immersed.

In fact, according to the most recent studies and surveys, the world is suffocating because of global warming, and global pollution seems to have become pervasi... ...

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The Camillian Disaster Service International (CADIS) embarks anew on a post-disaster needs assessment in Palu and Lombok Indonesia in collaboration with Fondazione L'Albero della Vita (FADV). The team composed of two volunteers – Sr. Daisy Carmona, SMI of CADIS Asia and Mr. Biplab Chakrabarty of FADV - visited the affected communities in Kota Palu, Kulawi in Sigi and the nearby village of Central Sulawesi which was heavily affected by the horrific earthquake and tsunami in 2018.
Lombok had suffered from a 6,9 magnitude earthquake in August 2018 while Palu with a 7,5 magnitude with horrendous tsunami and liquefaction a month after. These resulted in serious damage to infrastructures, market, and business investments leaving hundreds of thousands of people injured, displaced, missing... ...

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Looking Back to our Past, Facing the Challenges of the Present and Projecting our Desired Future Situation in the Service of the Most Vulnerable Communities

This year, the Camillian Pastoral Care Center in Bangkok, once again hosted the fifth training and assessment meeting of the national coordinators and partners of CADIS Foundation. This event is commonly known as the Bangkok Leadership Conference.

Thirty-six (36) participants (religious and lay, men and women) coming from 13 different countries have come together for one week (November 12-17) to reflect on the theme of Servant Leadership: Looking Back to our Past, Facing the Challenges of the Present and Projecting our Desired Future Situation in the Service of the Most Vulnerable Communities. The theme was... ...

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PROJECT FINAL ACCOMPLISHMENT REPORT

Background
The two major earthquakes dated on April 25, 2015 (magnitude 7.8 with an epicenter in Gorkha district) and on May 12, 2015 (magnitude 7.3 with the epicenter in Dolakha district) have caused severe damages in more than 14 districts of Nepal. As per Nepal government source, these devastating earthquakes followed by several aftershocks claimed a total of 8,969 lives lost and 22,302 injured. 775,793 private and government houses were reported fully and 302,806 private and government houses partially damaged. About a million were in need of immediate food assistance.

Caritas Nepal with the support of Caritas Internationalis and CIMOs effectively responded to the immediate needs of the people by providing various rel... ...

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I am in Palu right now. This morning I visited some locations where the earthquake left great destruction.

There are three locations where the ground experience liquefaction. “Soil liquefaction occurs when a saturated or partially saturated soil substantially loses strength and stiffness in response to an applied stress such as shaking during an earthquake or other sudden change in stress condition, in which material that is ordinarily a solid behaves like a liquid.” (Cf. Wikipedia).

Petobo that I visited yesterday was one of the villages affected by the liquefaction. Petobo is a village of more than 700 families. When the liquification took place, the mud and water came out from the surface of the ground. The ground was stirred and slowly quacking; then all of sudde... ...

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Destroyed houses, collapsed bridges and entire villages completely submerged by water and mud, are some of the consequences of the devastating tsunami that hit Indonesia last Friday 28 September 2018, after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake. The most serious damage occurred in Palu on the island of Sulawesi where as high as 6 meters waves flooded the buildings and roads.
Since 3 October 2018, the death toll is now 1,374, 113 missing and hundreds seriously injured, according to Indonesia's national disaster agency. There are more than 60,000 displaced people staying in over 200 sites. These figures are expected to rise in the coming days as rescue operations are ongoing. First-aid is being delivered, however, some areas remain inaccessible due to landslides and damaged infrastructure. Acco... ...

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On 18 and 19 July, Tropical Storm Son-Tinh caused heavy rains and flooding in 55 districts of 13 provinces across Laos PDR. According to the Government, over 24,000 families are affected by these floods thus far. With the water levels in the Mekong River and its tributaries due to rise over the coming weeks, the situation is likely to deteriorate and flooding may spread farther.

In addition to seasonal flooding, an unprecedented flash flood occurred on 23 July in Attapeu Province due to water discharge from the Xepien-Xe Nam Noy Dam. Over five billion cubic meters of water, equal to two million Olympic swimming pools, inundated an estimated 55,000 hectares of land covering it with mud and sludge. The ares is now declared by the government of Laos PDR as a National Emergency Di... ...

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On June 13, 2018, northeast India in the states of Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura are once again submerged with water due to heavy torrential rain affecting more than 650.000 population in 921 villages in 21 districts. The flooding itself is primarily caused by breaches in Assam’s embankments which are reportedly in dire need of reinforcement. But the construction of many dams and rampant encroachment of river banks and wetlands, besides a lack of proper drainage, make things worse.

As of today, government data recorded 12 deaths in the states of Assam (5), and Manipur (7). The death is due to flood and landslide. In Assam, the worst affected districts are Karimganj, Hailakandi, Cachar, Karbi Anglong and Golaghat. In Assam alone, the total population affected is 448.495... ...

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HAITI: In June 2018, the second phase of the resiliency project in Ranja, Jeremie will commence in June. This has been confirmed when two of directors CADIS International (Aris Miranda, MI) and the CADIS USA (Leandro Blanco) visited Ranja this week. They were accompanied by Robert Daudier, MI, and an engineer. 


On May 16, the four made a courtesy call to the bishop of Jeremie (+Joseph Gontrand Decoste, SJ). The bishop was given an update of the phase 1 programs and a briefing of the phase 2 interventions. The bishop expressed his great appreciation to CADIS, the Camillians and the donors for being with the people of Ranja.

He said: "Since you were here at the onset of the hurricane up to the present, you made a big change and difference in the lives of the c... ...

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Dear Confreres and Friends,

On February 2, 1994, the Order of the Ministers of the Sick (Camillians) had officially instituted May 25 as the Day of the Camillian Religious Martyrs of Charity. The day also commemorates the birth of St. Camillus de Lellis.

The Day of the Camillian Religious Martyrs of Charity is a commemoration of the more than 300 Camillians (seminarians, oblates, novices, brothers and priests) who died in serving the victims of plagues in Italy, Spain, Hungary and Croatia during the first four centuries of the life of the Order. This is an exemplary witnessing of the “fourth vow of the Camillians,” that is, service to the sick even at the risk of one’s life.

During the plagues, the Order of the Ministers of the Infirm gave ample and touching... ...

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Eighteen participants attended this five-day trainers training on Mental Wellbeing and Psychosocial Support given by CADIS staff in Nepal led by Fr. Biju Sebastian, MI and Mr. Sebastian TV, the program coordinator. This training is in collaboration with Koshish, an NGO based in Nepal. Koshish focuses on psychosocial support services in Nepal and is collaborating with the national government and several other INGOs to create awareness among stakeholders about the need for psychosocial support and provide psychosocial support. They have their counselors posted at Dhulikhal Hospital Psychiatric Ward to provide counseling support.
It has been learned also that the government of Nepal has developed a mental health policy which will be announced soon. A key aspect of the policy is to mak... ...

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Rendering service to the victims of natural and man-made disasters and emergencies such as wars, epidemics, natural disasters, etc. has been at the heart of the Camillian ministry and witnessing. Since 1589 beginning with the epidemics in Rome up to the present, the Camillians have remained faithful to their fourth vow of serving the suffering humanity even at the risk of their own lives. In fact, during the 24-year Generalate of St. Camillus scores of religious died as martyrs in places marred by epidemics and pestilences in Italy. In 1994, the Order instituted May 25 as the Feast of the Martyrs of Charity in honor of the 300 Camillian martyrs of charity who died witnessing the 4th vow, i.e., service to the sick even in danger to their own life. 


In 1995, a fresh beginni... ...

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CADIS USA at the onset of the two devastating back to back Category 4 hurricanes Harvey and Irma in Texas and Florida mobilizes emergency support to the survivors. It supports the relief efforts of the Corpus Christi parish in Houston. The parish provides an average of 2000 meals a day to the survivors of the flood caused by storm surge and heavy rains in Texas in the aftermath of the hurricane Harvey. Aside from the meals, the parish in collaboration with CADIS USA will organize support in terms of logistics and temporary shelter. The parish is run by the Blessed Sacrament Fathers (SSS).

CADIS USA has launched its campaign for support at the St. Camillus campus as well as in the parishes of the USA through the mission appeals being conducted by Fr. Evan Paul Villanueva and Fr.... ...

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Twenty-seven volunteers of the Camillian Task Force India traveled to Bihar, northeast of India, to provide the much needed medical assistance to the flood survivors in four districts of Bihar. Since the beginning of August, Bihar (northeast India) is submerged again with water. 514 died and 17.2 million people are impacted in 21 Districts. Most of them are the socially excluded and economically impoverished communities like the scheduled castes, Dalits and Muslims.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA), “since August severe monsoon rains have caused widespread flooding across South Asia, affecting 40 million people* in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan. More than 1,200 people are known to have died. The floods have damaged and de... ...

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On January 11, the Economic World Forum presented the Global Risks Report 2017, a yearly report that features perspectives from nearly 750 experts on the perceived impact and likelihood of 30 prevalent global risks as well as 13 underlying trends that could amplify them or alter the interconnections between them over a 10-year timeframe.The WEF report categorises risks as economic, environmental, geopolitical, societal and technical, and recognises that risks are interconnected. In the 2017 report, all five environmental risks assessed - extreme weather events, a failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies, major biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse, major natural disasters, and man-made environmental damage and disasters - were ranked within the ten most likely a... ...

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The 3rd Leadership Conference of the Camillian Disaster Service International: Organizational Capability Development in Post-Disaster Interventions in Developing Countries

We as CADIS, believe that it is extremely important to train and share experiences, so as to improve further ourself and our job to help others. This is the spirit of the 3rd Leadership Conference of the Camillian Disaster Service International on "Organizational Capability Development in Post-Disaster Interventions in Developing Countries", held on November 20 to December 1 2016 at the Camillian Pastoral Care Center, in Bangkok, Thailand.

The 3rd Leadership Conference has seen the partecitapion of 57 people, religious and lay, from 15 countries and covered various topics. One of this topics is th... ...

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Terrorism: the "mind" that can cure a "world full of cruelty"
While Europe is mourning the death of Father Jacques Hamel, who became a symbolic victim of an hospitality necessary but complex, terrorist attacks become daily and affect a West that has an unusual fear, reminiscent, in some ways, of what happened in the ’70, because of the movements that affected the experiences of some countries such as Italy, France, Germany, etc..


Around the world have been recorded by the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) of the University of Maryland (https://www.start.umd.edu/gtd/) 70 433 acts of terrorism in the last 20 years (until January 2016), more than 165,000 unaware victims, 280,000 wounded. More than 3,000 kamikaze attacks. An average of 10 attacks per day. The regions of the world... ...

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Depression is an illness that can happen to anybody. It causes mental anguish and affects people’s ability to carry out everyday tasks, with sometimes devastating consequences for relationships with family and friends. At worst, depression can lead to suicide. Fortunately depression can be prevented and treated. A better understanding of what depression is, and how it can be prevented and treated, will help reduce the stigma associated with the condition, and lead to more people seeking help.

What is depression?

Depression is an illness characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that you normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks. In addition, people with depression normally have several o... ...

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The earthquake swarm does not stop: about 22,000 people displaced

A continuous earthquake swarm is still striking the areas already devastated by the earthquakes of 26 and 30 October. In fact, while between Marche, Umbria and Lazio there are new collapses and people are exhausted from fear and cold, the INGV (National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology) keeps reporting shocks.
Luckily, there are no victims, but the situation is still dramatic: according to the Italian Civil Protection, there are about 22,000 people displaced, of which almost 15,400 people assisted under their municipality.
Meanwhile, researchers of the CNR and INGV have detected the deformation of the ground caused by the last earthquake through radar images of the sensors of the Sentinel-1 constellati... ...

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In a world continuously struck by tragedies, some may forget the past great emergencies. However, often the problems remain and so an efficient response cannot be limited only at the time of the emergency, but has to continue even when media stop talking about it. One example of this is Nepal.


In April and May of 2015, severe earthquakes hit Nepal. The epicenter of this earthquake was on the border of Dolakha and Sindhupalchowk, two villages in Nepal. Many were killed and over half a million houses were destroyed, and thousands displaced from their homes. Sixteen months later, most villages are still in ruins and many continue to live in IDP (Internally displaced person) camps.


From Nepal, Father Biju Joseph, MI, describes:
“When we visited them, we found the peop... ...

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Cadis International Head Quarter . Roma. 28.10.16

The earth return to shake, but prevention and resiliance paid off
A new earthquake scared Italy. After the one that struck in 24 August Amatrice and other towns in the central regions of Italy, in the 26 October there were several quakes: At 19:11 the first quake, with a magnitude of 5.4 on the Richter scale, 9 km deep, with its epicenter in the province of Macerata, including Castelsantangelo sul Nera, Visso, Ussita (where some houses have collapsed), and Preci. The earth shook for a long time in Rome, L'Aquila, Perugia and Terni. Moreover, it was felt in Friuli, Veneto and even in Austria. At 21:18, the second shock, even stronger, with a magnitude of 5.9. Then, again, to 23:42: this time the power was 4.6. Luckily, apart one... ...

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"The biggest humanitarian emergency of our era". With this statement António Guterres, then UN High Commissioner for Refugees, described the Syrian refugees crisis in 2014. In 2016, year in which the United Nations General Assembly elected him as the next UN secretary-general, his words still ring true. According to the UN, since the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War in March 2011, over a quarter of a million Syrians have been killed and over one million have been injured. 6.5 million are internally displaced, while just the officially registered Syrian Refugees are 4,794,613, making Syria the largest displacement crisis globally with about half of its population displaced. In 2016, an estimated 13.5 million people, including 6 million children, are in need of humanitarian assistance. Of... ...

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On 4 October, at 11:00 UTC, Hurricane Matthew, a Category 4 storm, struck Haiti. The hurricane, with sustained winds of 235 km/h, made landfall near Les Anglais (south-western Haiti), then crossed the department of Grand’Anse (south-western Haiti). It devastated parts of the country and affected about 2.1 million people, while the death toll has risen to about 546, according to the UN. The Government estimates that 1.4 million people need immediate assistance, including about 175,000 people living in temporary shelters. The most affected departments are Grand’Anse, South, Nippes and South East, but even the West and North West departments were affected.


All of this in a country who was already struggling with recovering from the terrible 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti.... ...

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BIHAR: CADIS India medical mission concludes with a record breaking 913 patients in the village of Valtharia/Bhapthia last August 19. For eight days straight, they covered a total of 3.783 patients in eight villages of Bihar province. The following day, the team headed to Bangalore at the CADIS India headquarter.


According to Mr. Joji Jose, the team’s correspondent, the Team was cranking like a well-oiled engine covering more patients on the best day with enough attention to each patient. The dedication and passion was evidently oozing all over the camp as a positive energy right from the point of registering, navigating them through the process till each patient receive their treatment, delivered with a smile and a sense of compassion.


He further said: I have been i... ...

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VIENNA: In June, some significant changes in the pavilions of the GZW are constantly evolving. The residents now have two kitchens on each floor. Every resident receives an allowance of 190 € each month from 40 €. They provide and cook their own food and no longer depending ready cooked hot meals.

As they celebrated Ramadan, people in the camp abstained from eating meals and drinks until 9:00 in the night. Many of them were awake eating until 2:00 in the morning in order to prepare for the next day of fasting.
Our German and integration course is going very well. We hired a German teacher and a volunteer who give classes every week. The volunteer is a psychotherapist and had worked for Caritas for 20 years. Occasionally, we have other volunteers helping with our courses. The p... ...

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Nine hundred (900) refugees fleeing from the Middle East were sheltered at an old empty geriatric center at the outskirts of Vienna. From 2015, the refugees in Austria posted a significant number of about 85,000 requests for refugee status which accounts 8% of the total request in Europe.

CADIS through the active collaboration and first hand initiatives of Fr. Alberto Marques and Ms. Christina, a volunteer, launched a project of facilitating the refugees gradual integration into the new environment. Most of the refugees are coming from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq which explains the complexity of their situation at the refugee center. Moreover, the level of social acceptance of the Austrian society as a whole is causing a lot of challenges in the program. After an initial phase o... ...

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After 9 hours of travel by jeep, packed with medicines and other supplies, CADIS India medical team, a group of ten health professionals (religious and lay),commenced the medical mission in the village of Benga, one of the most affected villages in the State of Bihar. Despite heavy downpour, the team was able to visit and check the survivors of the flood. They are being assisted by the local staff of Caritas India, the parish priest and four nuns who are already stationed in the area. The team is led by Fr. Shiju Joseph, MI, and an Indian Camillian religious.    

Fr. Joseph, the parish priest of Khoriari where the team is principally based, described with great emotions the immense “cry of Bihar”. Bihar is heavily affected by the flood which occurred last July 18,... ...

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WAJIR, Kenya: The Horn of Africa has always been the center of attention of the global public opinion. Thirst, hunger, famine, and wars are ravaging this part of Africa which brought unending tragedies in the lives of the people. Wajir county which is located northeast of  Kenya bordering Somalia demonstrates vividly the enormity of human suffering in this region. The Somali land which is originally populated by pastoralist and herdsmen who are accustomed to nomadic way of life crisscrossing the border of Somalia and Kenya to graze their herds for centuries has become now a notorious place where thirst, hunger, and war are chasing relentlessly.

For four years, CADIS has been serving in this county together with the Camillian Sisters promoting programs which empowered the people... ...

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KATHMANDU: April 25, 2015 is a day that left deep scars into the lives of the Nepalese. Two successive powerful earthquakes (Apr. 25 & May 15) that left more than 8.000 deaths and millions of dollars damages to houses, hospitals, schools and temples. It was indeed catastrophic since Nepal prior to the earthquake ranked no. 5 among the top ten Asian countries with low human development index (UNDP 2015) behind Cambodia. The earthquake had impacted in almost all districts of Nepal but at the same time demonstrated an immense show of global solidarity.

In 48 hours, CADIS India has dispatched a medical team composed of religious and lay healthcare professionals bringing relief to their medical needs and accompanying survivors amidst their confusion and distress. They divided them... ...

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BOMBALI: In May 2014, Sierra Leone was hit by an Ebola epidemic outbreak. It was difficult to determine the precise number of cases due to confusing official data. People were overwhelmed by their fears to an endless contagion. In October 2014, it recorded 121 casualties in a single day. Cases went to an exponential growth due to an inadequate management strategy of the WHO and the national government of Sierra Leone whose capacity to handle the outbreak was overwhelmed by the tremendous upsurge of cases.

Sierra Leone, a country recovering from a decade of civil war, had experienced months of panic and pain again. Since September 2014, CADIS volunteer missionaries were on the ground to conduct research and assessment of needs. By January 2015, an international team was sent to th... ...

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EVENTS

WORLD REFUGEE DAY
20
June
2019

WHO ARE THEY?

Every minute 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or... ...

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MARTYRS OF CHARITY  CONFERENCE
06
June
2018

On May 25, the Camillians celebrated the 468th birth anniversary of their founder St. Camillus an... ...

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Camillian Martyrs of Charity
07
May
2018

May 25 is declared by the Ministers of the Infirm (Camillians) as the Feast of the Camillian Mart... ...

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WORLD DAY OF THE POOR
18
November
2017

The first-ever World Day of the Poor an initiative of the Holy See will be celebrated on November... ...

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COP23 UN CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE
03
November
2017

The UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) will be held on November 6-17, 2017. Nations of the worl... ...

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CADIS LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
03
November
2017

The Camillian Disaster Service International foundation (CADIS) is holding its 4th Annual Leaders... ...

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MENTAL WELL-BEING AND PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT TRAINERS TRAINING
02
November
2017

This trainers training is given to the community-based psychosocial facilitators of Nepal working... ...

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