Since 27 April, Rio Grande do Sul, in the far south of the country's southern region, has suffered from a rare combination of climatic factors that has resulted in a long and voluminous period of rain. This combination has included a warm air mass in southeastern and central-western Brazil that has blocked the movement of a cold front in the country's south.

In addition, two corridors of humidity, coming from both the Pacific Ocean due to the influence of the El Niño phenomenon and from the Amazon, boosted rainfall in Rio Grande do Sul.
In Canoas, the Madre Josefa Educational Centre, home to almost a hundred children aged 1 to 5, was completely flooded. The four sisters living there had to be rescued by boat on 4 May. As a result of the overflowing of the protective dykes, the neighborhood is still flooded, preventing the resumption of classes.

From 4 to 18 May, the Espírito Santo School Sports Gymnasium in the Nossa Senhora das Graças neighbourhood became a shelter for the families of Canoas affected by the floods. The school accommodated 192 people and 41 pets at the peak of the shelter's capacity. Many school staff members and volunteers helped house and care for this population, in addition to organizing donations of drinking water, food, hygiene products, cleaning materials, medicines, toys, clothes, shoes, mattresses, and blankets, among other contributions. To support the families and help them rebuild their homes, Solidarity Networks, an institution run by the Sisters of the Holy Spirit, launched the campaign "Compaixão para Rio Grande do Sul". Your donation will make a difference in the lives of many people.

By Press Office _SSpS_Brazil

Sr. Kavita with mother and new born. Every year, around 700 pregnant women come to our clinic for a check-up. Most of them deliver their baby in their homes and the difficult cases come to the clinic. These difficult deliveries are always a nightmare for us in Weragu, Ethiopia. The joyful event of giving birth can suddenly turn into an unforeseen crisis.

Sr. Magdalena, Christine Barbara Eichinger, SSpS is a member of Religious in Europe Networking against Trafficking and Exploitation (RENATE). The members are working alongside many other organizations around the world to eradicate modern-day slavery. A few months ago, thirty RENATE members gathered at the Soeterbeeck Conference Centre for a seminar.

Photo: A Left: A sign outside the chapel on the campus of the Catholic Health Training Institute in Wau, South Sudan. Right: The chapel on the campus of the Catholic Health Training Institute in Wau, South Sudan (GSR photo / Chris Herlinger)

Indian Sr. Leema Rose is a member of the Missionary Sisters, Servants of the Holy Spirit and heads the Catholic Health Training Institute in Wau, South Sudan, where she oversees a nursing training program for certified nurses and midwives.

I have been working as a chaplaincy in the women ?s prison in Berlin for more than a year. In the beginning it was a very strange world with big walls, loud noise of opening and closing big doors. I was afraid to enter the prison cells.

By: UCAN Thomas Ora, Dili – Timor (SSpS sisters)

The National Commission of HIV/ AIDS, in Timor-Leste began to emerge even before independence, starting with only a few cases. The number, however, has increased every year. As the commission reported last year, in the past 13 years more than 600 cases were discovered, of which 29% were young people aged 15-24, 59% were people aged 25-44 and 9 % were people aged 45 years and older. The remaining percentages are children aged 14 years and younger. However, these numbers are limited to data from hospitals and clinics. The HIV in Timor-Leste is like the tip of an iceberg, which will be a huge problem later if it’s not handled properly.

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