Charity Durano is a journalist based in the Philippines.

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Sisters support recovery efforts in Philippines after typhoon destruction

More than six weeks after a super typhoon raked a large swatch of the central and southern Philippines, Catholic sisters are assessing damages, repairing buildings and assisting neighbors in the storm-affected area.

Sisters set troubled Filipino teens on course to self-sufficiency

Meet the alumni of a pair of programs started in the Philippines that help young people in trouble with the law or who are recovering from trauma and need advocacy and guidance — and the Missionaries of Mary sisters whose ACAY program provides them foundations for life.

Nuns' retreat house, built by Muslim benefactor, signifies interfaith bond

A civil engineer built — for free — a new, two-story retreat house for a community of Carmelite nuns in the southern Philippines. The house has multiple guest rooms and serves as a new income stream.

Self-help groups bolster rural women in southern Philippines

Members-turned-facilitators spread the self-help groups, which guide women to gain self-confidence, financial independence and friendships. The program is part of a network of ministries run by the Oblates of Notre Dame Sisters and their Hesed Foundation in Mindanao.