July E-NewsLetter

July 5, 2011

July 2011 | Vol. 4 Issue 8

Planned Giving Website Launched

One of the most popular ways to ensure that your desire to help others is continued after your death is a legacy gift to the Columban Fathers. A legacy gift can bring real economic savings to you and your family while providing opportunities to continue our work.

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A Loving Mother
Fights for Her Babies

In hospitals and in the hovels of the poor, vulnerable and impoverished illiterate, mothers are hoodwinked into parting with their children under false pretexts and many never see them again.

A Mother’s Fight >>

Reaching the Light

On June 21, 2011, we were alerted to good news about domestic workers from Fr. Peter O’Neill, SSC, who was attending the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) annual conference. He announced that on June 16 they celebrated the adoption of the convention on decent work for domestic workers, which was overwhelmingly voted for by governments, trade unions, and employers’ organizations who make up the ILO. This revolutionary treaty will extend key labor protections to domestic workers and will protect millions of people who have gone without guarantees of their basic rights, according to Human Rights Watch.

Reaching the Light >>

An Ancient Ritual

On Monday June 20, we took a trip up the mountain to celebrate New Years in Bolivia with thousands of local folks. We left at 8:30 p.m., drove an hour to the town of Sipe Sipe and watched a pageant put on by local youth about how the Inca king received the sun.

Ancient Ritual >>

Bonn Climate Change Conference

At the Bonn Conference on Climate Change, the first thing which comes to mind is how little coverage this vitally important negotiation session is receiving the world media..

More on Conference >>

Guarding a Heritage

From the mountainous spine of the Zamboanga Peninsula in the Philippines you can see two coasts where people say the land was given to them by God, and they have a responsibility to guard this heritage for future generations.

Guarding >>

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