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Wow Bags Update

Dear Friends & Supporters

I hope this finds you all well & back in ‘routine’ after your break. We were delighted to hear how our new WoW luggage strap helped some of you to identify your luggage easily.  Thanks to all who promoted WoW during the holiday season & thanks also for sending on some photos, it is lovely for the group here to see them.

Susan in Schull Co Cork had a successful day at the local regatta. WoW bags, like everything else look better (and sell better) in the sunshine & she was lucky weather wise.  Claire who works with the Columban Mission Team in Dalgan, Co Meath made a lovely display for teachers attending an ecology training course there.  Meanwhile in Dublin friends took some WoW bags to a birthday party & managed to sell some to guests…

Solidarity after Haiyan

So much has been written about typhoon Haiyan and the devastating destruction it has caused particularly in the Provinces of Leyte, Samar and Northern Cebu. Yet out of tragedy has come a real and genuine response from people. We owe a debt of gratitude to the media for so quickly highlighting the severity and the devastation it caused. All over Ireland and around the world people have been so touched by what happened and it has evoked a tremendous response. It was so gratifying to see how people's hearts have been moved. What has emerged is real solidarity with those who lost their lives and the survivors who will have to start rebuilding their lives from nothing.

Remembering Rufus

Update - listen to interview at end of article
 On 16 November 2013, a radio documentary will commemorate the life and work of Fr Rufus Halley.

Remembering Rufus is part of the Different Voices Series and will be broadcast on Newstalk 106 on Saturday 16 November 2013 at 7AM and repeated on Sunday 17 November at 6PM

Rufus Halley was a Columban who worked tirelessly and courageously for many years build peace between the divided Muslim and Christian communities in the Philippines.

He was killed in the province of Lanao del Sur on the island of Mindanao in 2001during a botched kidnapping attempt .

Dire Need for Substantial Progress at Warsaw Climate Conference

What more has to happen to concentrate the minds of the officials from 174 countries who will gather in Warsaw for the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) at the UN Framework Conference on Climate Change? In 2012, the week before last year's Conference in Doha, Typhoon Bopha crashed into the province of Davao Oriental in the Philippines and killed almost 600 people in the Compostela valley. By the time it had crossed Mindanao almost 2,000 people were dead. Homes, businesses, schools, churches and power lines were all destroyed.

WOW! Bags update

Recently Helen Mitchell of the Philippines WoW! bag project visited Dalgan to update us on news from the project.

Helen, pictured here with our own Claire Carey , left us this news up date:

"The school year is now well under way, as is the rainy season, and I want to share news and updates on the 18 students who are being supported with some of the profits generated by your support and interest in WoW bags. The majority of the students are from Midsalip in Mindanao and are monitored by Sr Kathleen Melia, a Columban sister with decades of experience in running educational projects. All are from the Subannen tribe.
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