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Winter is here! | 13 Houses Campaign

Winter is here: Tallinn, Estonia: -16° C; Beijing, China: -2° C; Chicago, USA: -12° C; ... As the temperatures plummet below freezing across the northern hemisphere, we tuck ourselves a little bit tighter into our warming winter coats. We put on that extra pair of...

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The drop that makes the difference | 13 Houses Campaign

Kateryna quickly packed her bags in the Luhansk region of Ukraine in September 2015, only taking what was absolutely necessary for herself and her two small daughters. Her hometown had become too dangerous. Constant shelling had destroyed the homes around her. Fleeing...

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Guatemala Project for Volcano Victims | 13 Houses Campaign

Five branches of the Vincentian Family are collaborating to open a new project to help families who lost their homes after a volcanic eruption. 35 new homes will be built as part of the ‘Welcome Home Project’. The Fuego volcano erupted last year, killing dozens and...

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The Vincentian Spirit of Medellín

‘Go to the poor,’ he said. St Vincent didn’t wait for the poor to come knocking. He was proactive in his charity. Sometimes people don’t want to ask for help. Sometimes people can’t ask for help, even though they need it. But St Vincent circumvented that, saying you...

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Service at the heart of Vincentian charity

Service is at the heart of Vincentian charity. People giving up their time to help our poorest brothers and sisters has carried the spirit of St Vincent across the world over the past 400 years. The St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia is one of the largest...

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Hope and suffering in Manila

It’s Tuesday in Manila and it’s hot. The street is bustling. Over 150 people are gathered outside the church on the paving stones. Mass has just ended and the early evening traffic buzzes past as the congregation departs. Some of that congregation are now preparing...

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Little Rock – A small house leading the way

At the end of June, I had the opportunity to visit Little Rock in Arkansas, USA, and see the very first 13 Houses project: A small house, in the middle of a leafy neighborhood, destined to become a home for people without one. Whilst walking up the driveway with Chuck...

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