Members of the Society of Saint Vincent de Pau, please follow this link to access all the twinning resources: Twinning Resources
Twinning has been designed to help Vincentian sisters and brothers in emerging countries to pursue our mission of charity and social justice. It is the main “Special Work” of fraternal assistance of the Society worldwide. It is a work of solidarity with the poorest of this world through spiritual sharing, fraternal communications and financial help. Twinning allows donating conferences and councils to contribute in the reduction of the suffering and poverty in developing countries under the responsibility of SSVP Canada. The strengthening of ties and material assistance generate compassion and the joy of serving the less fortunate of this world.
The number of twinning is increasing every year. We have added 17 new twinning during the past year. Thanks to our 164 active donating twinning partners, we have distributed $170,000 to 20 beneficiary countries:
Antigua & Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Colombia, Commonwealth of Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Peru, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Sri Lanka, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, and Ukraine.
The Facebook page “SSVP Canada” is used to promote the program and post activities realized by twinning partners in emerging countries.
Promotional activities continued, particularly in the fall of 2018 with the implication of the Regional Coordinators. Support to small projects ($3,000 – $10,000) was encouraged to provide means for communities to take charge of their life and improve their living conditions. Twinning projects should continue to develop in fiscal year 2019-2020. It is to be noted that twins from Canada have also increased contributions to their beneficiaries after a natural disaster affected their country.
Projects, executed and ongoing, to improve the living conditions of communities and empower them to take charge of their life in FY 2018-19:
- access to drinking water, Nicaragua;
- latrine construction, Nicaragua;
- expansion of a hostel, Guatemala;
- purchase of wheelchairs, Trinidad & Tobago.
Clermont Fortin, Chair National Twinning
Regional Twinning Reps
Donna Thompson, B.C. & Yukon Regional Council
Cathy Pidhirney, Western Regional Council
Guido Kelly, Ontario Regional Council
Claude Roy, Conseil régional du Québec
Judy Peddle, Atlantic Regional Council
“Looking back – and looking forward; twinning profoundly changed me. I am keenly aware of the difference between Canadian relative poverty and overseas absolute poverty. Both are a blight on Christianity…we who have been given so much must be willing to ease our planet-mates’ pain.“
Heidi Minuti, SSVP Huronia, Ontario
Mrs. Minuti is the twinning rep for several councils, twinned with Sri Lanka, Ukraine and Peru.
“Conferences use twinning contributions to subsidize their programmes for the needy of their communities. For example, Our Lady of Fair Haven Conference runs a feeding programme for the homeless on the streets of Roseau; they give monthly financial help to those marginalized and assist with medical care. St. Patrick’s Conference has a feeding programme for the needy elderly homebound in their community. This conference has been actively involved in helping some of the victims of that devastating “Hurricane Maria” of 2017“
Annual Report 2018, Commonwealth of Dominica SSVP
“We are happy to tell you that the beneficiaries of the project are very happy with the benefits received. We want to tell you that it is an honour to work with the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul in projects that are changing the living conditions of the inhabitants of different communities.”
Maria Araica, Project Manager, Nicaragua