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flag France - (Emmaüs Var)


In 2016, the Emmaus Var community created a new workshop, La Fabrique, with the aim of showing off companions’ skills and creativity, and offering them training through upcycling donated furniture and objects.

How did this project come about and why?

The situation in the group:
- Companions with skills, knowledge and creativity;
- The success of traditional furniture created by Bob from recovered materials over 20 years of sales;
- Declining quality of furniture collected, too much furniture being scrapped;
- Public interest in hand-made objects from recovered materials and unique pieces.

We want to:
- offer training for companions;
- have a ‘window’ into our community and change certain attitudes towards Emmaus;
- provide a gateway to our association;
- be more visible on a local level.

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MEETING OF COMMUNITY, SOCIAL WORK AND EDUCATION LEADERS
flag Uruguay - (EMAÚS AMÉRICA)


This event was organised in line with the Emmaus Americas region’s work plan, which prioritises the need to reinstate spaces for exchange and training in which leaders of the various Emmaus groups, all of whom work in different contexts, can jointly reflect on topics such as the environment, gender, the solidarity economy, poverty, public participation, etc., and can formulate a political message that reaches beyond the groups’ daily action in their respective contexts.

Aim of the meeting:
•Continue strengthening the group leaders’ management skills

•To promote good practice amongst leaders in their collective work, thus helping the groups in their efforts to become economically self-sufficient, to ensure that their activities are sustainable and to include their members.

•Ensure that this work is reflected in our presence as social stakeholders committed to the most urgent social struggles together with those most in need.

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Vesti'bus
flag France - (Association Emmaüs Grenoble Fondateur Abbé Pierre)


With the aim of reaching out to the most vulnerable members of the community, who do not have access to our services or even, in some cases, to social services, we have worked with companions to set up a mobile clothes bank.

As we are located on the outskirts of the city, many people are unable to get to our shop. Furthermore, we have observed that that many people have a real need for clothing, particularly during the winter months.

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Emmaus Village Carlton "Garden"
flag United Kingdom - (Emmaus Turvey Ltd)


Emmaus Village Carlton is situated on a former school campus, with extensive grounds surrounding the on-site charity shop, bistro and accommodation buildings. The charity decided to make better use of the green spaces by launching a Garden Project – growing food to provide training opportunities for formerly homeless companions as well as harvesting produce to benefit Emmaus.

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Recycling, collection and transformation of waste oil
flag Chile - (Urracas)


We live in an age where we generate lots of organic waste (discarded oil) that can be reused, and where Chile’s big cities are accumulating waste without any law to regulate it, polluting Mother Earth, in particular her waters.

From a position of wanting to protect Mother Earth, and an understanding that nature supports human life and that we cannot live without Mother Earth, but she would be able to live without humans, at Las Urracas we have started to look for ways to take responsibility for this situation.

In this regard, and given that domestic-use oil poured down drains and onto the ground seriously pollutes the environment, we set up this oil-recycling venture.

According to studies, we know that one litre of oil can pollute 1000 litres of water. (Countries that are leaders in oil recycling recycle over one litre per capita per year, whereas in Chile it is practically 0% litres.) Most of this oil is poured down the drain, (70% of obstructions in piping is linked to pouring away this used vegetable oil) onto the ground in our cities and into our sea, and both through the drains or through the groundwater, this oil ends its journey of pollution in the ocean.

While working as scrap collectors, we collect and recover domestic-use oils, filter them and take them to their final destination where they are converted into Biodiesel.

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Emmaus Museum
flag Colombia - (Asociación Comunitaria de Emaús Pereira)


Given that within the Emmaus America region there is no museum compiling the movement’s history, we have made use of a 110-year-old structure within the community that is part of the coffee-growing axis, designated by UNESCO to be cultural and architectural heritage of humanity, in which we have created this museum.

Promoting Abbé Pierre’s life, philosophy and works are incredibly important to us because we know that he is ranked on a global level along with Nelson Mandela of Africa, Martin Luther King of the USA, Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Gandhi of India and many more of the most famous figures in history who have fought things that create poverty, exclusion, inequality and other evils on our planet.

Here you can se the history of Emmaus from its creation in Europe to its beginnings in America and then in Colombia.

Here you can see images and the history of its beginnings, important figures in its development such as Lucie Coutaz, Georges Legay, and the presidents of Emmaus International to date.

We also have other permanent exhibitions such as those of items that we recycle and social problems that trouble our city, which make visits educational, helping to teach visitors about the importance of recycling and caring for our planet, and also about recycling rain water which is part of one of the museum’s exhibitions.

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Promote the history and news concerning Abbé Pierre and the Emmaus movement.
flag France - (Centre Abbé Pierre Emmaüs)


After the death of Abbé Pierre in 2007, many people came spontaneously to Esteville (30km north of Rouen) to pay their respects at his graveside and visit the place where he lived. The Emmaus movement and Abbé Pierre’s family wanted to set up a museographical and cultural centre that was both efficient and sustainable. Abbé Pierre chose to be buried in the cemetery in Esteville next to the Emmaus companions, the first of whom, Georges Legay, was buried in 1966. Abbé Pierre lived in this house intermittently between 1964 and 2007, and full time in the 1990s. After his death, his room and chapel were left how he left them, leaving a unique and moving testimony to his personality and commitments.

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LE LABO DE L’ABBE
flag France - (Emmaüs La friperie solidaire)


The Friperie Solidaire, a member of the Emmaus movement and organisation governed by the French law of 1901, is a certified social enterprise.

The organisation employs more than forty people a year to get them back into work. Every year, we reuse more than 350 tons of donated textiles.

Based on the assessment that the collected textile deposit was not being sufficiently exploited, a dressmaking and alterations project was set up five years ago at the Friperie Solidaire’s workshop. The customers’ general enthusiasm encouraged the organisation to register a textile brand name: Le Labo de l’Abbé (the Abbé’s lab).

Registered in late 2014 by Emmaüs La Friperie Solidaire, the brand name came about from the team’s desire to promote the talent of the social enterprise’s employees for the development of responsible and ethical fashion.

Ethical fashion
Bringing together creativity and Emmaus’s values of solidarity, diversity, dignity through work, offering an unconditional welcome, and sustainable development: that’s the challenge to which Emmaus La Friperie Solidaire has risen by setting up Le Labo de l’Abbé.

Le Labo de l’Abbé is an environmentally-responsible brand, selling clothing and accessories made in France using 100% recycled waste fabric. In this way, it offers consumers an alternative to standard, throw-away fashion. Each item is unique and is produced in very small quantities.

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A second chance for objects, a second chance for people.
flag France - (Association Emmaüs Magny-Cours, Fondateur Abbé Pierre)


Four years ago, Jean-Luc Dieny, a professor from the Nevers Burgundy École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués (graduate school of applied arts, ESAAB), proposed to the then-manager, Loïc Le Goff, that they organise a system to alter objects to produce new items with the help of the companions.

This led to several exhibitions being organised:

- “Cher design, Chair’s design” (cherished design, chair design) in 2014. The Nevers ESAAB’s 20 students from the applied arts skills upgrade classes (MANAA) worked with the Emmaus companions from Nevers Magny-Cours. The programme included a reflection process on design in recycling, a dialogue between industrial and artisanal designers, an unlikely but very fruitful meeting with the greatest ragpickers in France, some original scenography and an exhibition linking eight partners. The exhibition is still running; it was relocated to the Maison de la Culture de Nevers Agglomération (“Nevers House of Culture”, MCNA) and then the big national Emmaus Paris Salon which takes place in June at Porte de Versailles.
- “Vélo-cité” (bike city) in 2015. After the previous year’s experience with the chair project, 19 applied arts students returned to share the expertise they acquired from their experience with the Emmaus companions to build imaginative bikes. Once again, the outcome was astounding and the Magny-Cours community retains fond memories of the endeavour. Jean-Luc Dieny, professor at the Alain Colas school, was able to guide the students, and through the bike project they broadened their horizons to consider an ethical approach involving sharing.

- “Jardins – Cabinets de curiosité” (gardens – cabinets of curiosity) in 2016. Those involved in the project focused on the concept of cabinets of curiosity, rooms full of marvels filled with a range of eclectic and unusual objects akin to the bric-a-brac so dear to Emmaus communities, where people come on treasure hunts in the hope of finding a sought-after rarity.

- « Funambules des jardins » (garden tightrope walkers) beginning of 2017. For several months, 19 students worked with the Emmaus companions to create ‘metaphoric scarecrows’. As sustainable development is becoming a real need, words such as ‘recycling branch’, ‘reinvention’, ‘rehabilitation’, and ‘reparation’ all hark to the future and recall political commitment in the noble sense of the term, against the notion of programmed obsolescence.

Climate change is becoming sufficiently concerning for everyone to start thinking about their transport, consumption and life choices. It is thus essential to enable students at the beginning of their studies to understand that contemporary design does not have to involve adding a new object to the never-ending list of things that surround them.

These poetic, engaging and surprising objects are thus increasingly the fruit of the students’ very personal reflection and their unbridled creativity, which stem from their thoughts on ergonomics, the value of use or the renewal of conventional shapes, including notions addressed in their studies.

The production of these unusual objects has also revealed the infinite possibilities offered by the maelstrom of items that can be found through collection activities. This is a revelation because, as is the essence of making art out of something run-of-the-mill, one is making the ordinary sacred. Hijacking these ordinary objects shows that beauty is everywhere, including in objects which do not seem special, and that simply showcasing them can create what Kant put at the heart of the aesthetic experience: pure beauty. Like Marcel Duchamp, we believe that we can find beauty in a seemingly ordinary object if we take it away from simply its functional value. We are even disrupting the concept of a work of art.

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Soda blasting furniture
flag France - (Association Emmaüs Grenoble Fondateur Abbé Pierre)


Fashion moves on and sometimes in our communities we find beautifully crafted furniture from the Henri II period that our clients have neglected.

At the same time there is a strong trend of customising furniture in our society.
Bearing this in mind we considered different opportunities for how to customise these pieces in an environmentally-friendly way.

Painting directly onto varnished furniture requires chemical paint and due to our environmental concerns we thought it important to use a biological paint which doesn't give off any harmful chemical particles (for the majority of apartments and houses the warm air inside is more polluted than the air outside due to the use of paint, glue, paint remover, etc.).

With this initiative we also wanted to train the companions in new trades.

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Lucie’s Pantry - Fighting against food poverty
flag United Kingdom - (Emmaus Salford)


Food poverty is an increasing difficulty faced by many families and individuals across the UK. The use of food-banks has dramatically increased over recent years but these only offer food on an emergency basis.

Lucie’s Pantry is a social supermarket located at the Emmaus Salford Community Homestore on Fitzwarren Street in Pendleton. Lucie’s Pantry aims to provide a sustainable and affordable source of food and household essentials to members of the Salford community struggling to make ends meet through debt, illness or low income.

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SPONSORING OF PUPILS IN PUBLIC PRIMARY SCHOOLS
flag Burkina Faso - (Emmaüs Solidarité Ouaga E.S.O.)


The public primary schools in Guesna and Tangsèghin are based in the commune of Boussé, in Kourwéogo province and they are part of the catchment area of Boussé.

Low school attendance is rising in rural areas, the reasons behind this may include the lack of purchasing power of the farmers who make up a large part of the population in the countryside.

The farmers make their money from animal and vegetable farming but the conditions for farming are becoming increasingly fragile - rains are rare and climate change has led to poor harvests and, as a consequence, lower income. The majority of their children are famished and in most families only one rationed meal is served per day, generally at sundown.

Because of these factors and the lack of support the following questions need to be answered: who will pay for the children's education, school equipment, clothes, food, etc.? What is the level of responsibility of the parents? The realities in these families are very diverse.

The lower the amount of financial involvement (or in-kind contributions) from society the higher the likelihood that children will not succeed at school.
This situation has led us to think about the conditions for primary school pupils - domestic solutions have been implemented but they are not yet sufficient, as is the case for the canteens.

Having heard about ‘domestic solutions’ the ESO association committed to supporting a domestic canteen* in schools as well as ‘domestic’ payment of school fees (APE*** and AME*** costs), equipment costs, school uniform costs, etc.

This idea was taken on board very quickly in the villages. Later on, during the visit to ESO organised as part of the BBF (Bosnia-Burkina-France) partnership, the initiative was shown to our friends and FIS committed to supporting it.

*The internal canteen is a system which relies on the parents of the pupils to feed the children at school just like they do at home
**APE - The Parents' Association
***AME - The Mothers' Association

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PROFESSIONAL SEWING TRAINING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
flag Burkina Faso - (Emmaüs Solidarité Ouaga E.S.O.)


Emmaus Solidarity Ouaga (ESO) leads an initiative to provide support for the children of vulnerable families in the city of Ouagadougou and nearby areas.

The sewing centre was created in 1996 and its goal is to train young people who were either unable or not fortunate enough to continue with their education after primary school.

This training helps them to get the job they want later on. In order to help a few young people we started out by offering training in a small room which was only large enough for six students. The classes were led in this room for three years but in the fourth year we had a new class of six young people and given the increasing number of applicants for just six places the association decided to look into finding the resources required to build a space that could host 20 students.

ESO thus decided to set aside some of the money saved from the sales of the materials in the containers received from European Emmaus groups in order to be able to build these spaces. The new buildings meant we could create three classes - a first year class, a second year and a third year.

Due to the students’ success in the CQP (Certificate of Professional Qualification) exam and thanks to the rising demand for places the Japanese Embassy in Burkina Faso gave ESO a grant in 2014. This grant enabled us to build three new classrooms, thus extending the centre.

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Arts Workshops with the Companions.
flag France - (EMMAUS SAINTE SABINE)


The Emmaus Sainte Sabine community is also a transition house. This means that companions are able to take part in arts activity workshops three times a week in parallel with their daily bric-a-brac activities. Founded by a nurse, the goals were to help companions that came here with their rehabilitation into the community by offering them artistic workshops as a tool for their personal and creative development, which is necessary for a person’s complete rehabilitation.

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IMPROVING LIVING CONDITIONS IN RURAL AREAS
flag Cameroon - (Centre de Promotion Sanitaire et Sociale de Mom-Dibang C.P.S.S.)


In 1978 the population of Mom-Dibang became aware of excessive marginalisation in the rural areas of Cameroon’s Centre Region. The Cameroonian government’s work is focussed on urban centres, which is to the detriment of rural populations. The rural exodus is increasing – people are leaving villages in search of an easier life in towns and cities. Villages are abandoned to their fate: no roads, no communication, no school, no free clinics, no electricity, no drinking water, overly archaic customs, life structured according to the whim of missionaries, etc.

A shocking gulf has sprung up between village and city dwellers. Individualism has taken control. African solidarity has been forgotten.

Some residents of Mom-Dibang have decided to take responsibility and take the destinies of their villages in hand, fighting against all forms of poverty. They have managed to find their feet, hence the creation of the CPSS (Centre for Health and Social Protection).

In a hostile environment, they have created a HEALTH CENTRE where various activities will take place.

The CPSS is located in the Centre province, in the Nyong and Kellé divisions, Dibang district. It is present in 29 chiefdoms spread through the equatorial forest, a very isolated tropical zone. It has 40 members and 10 companions, the majority of whom are women.

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Bois & Compagnie (‘Wood and Co’)
flag France - (Association Emmaüs Toulouse Labarthe-sur-Lèze, Fondateur Abbé Pierre)


The problem of poor housing today is overwhelming - 4 million people have no housing or are poorly housed according to a report by the Abbé Pierre Foundation and in total 12.1 million people are affected, to varying extents, by the housing crisis.

In a difficult economic context, where primary needs such as housing are not fulfilled, in Toulouse 'Wood and Co' collects leftover wood used for industrial purposes (palettes, crates, etc.), embellishes it and re-uses it as a raw material in our construction work. Thus 'Wood and Co' fights against precarity in an environmentally-friendly manner.

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Working for Ethical Finance
flag Italy - (Associazione Comunitá Emmaus Villafranca)


Emmaus Villafranca and other groups co-organise awareness-raising events in Italy on the topic of ethical finance.

Today we are the hostages of speculative finance, it is a threat to our European democracies. This type of finance dominates in governments and in the lives of citizens.

Those in power have completed a vast transfer of wealth from the poor and middle class to plundering financiers and have passed this off as being something legal.

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Raising awareness of the situation in African countries
flag Denmark - (Genvej til Udvikling)


GTU (Genvej Til Udvikling, or Shortcut to Development) aims to inform the general public about Emmaus and development initiatives, particularly those run in French-speaking countries in West Africa. The group makes a particular effort to reach sectors of the Danish population which have little awareness of the issue through other development associations.

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SINdesperdicio
flag Spain - (Emaús Fundación Social)


Given our concern about the way in which advertising banners and other similar materials were disposed of once they had been used, we asked the San Sebastián Environmental Council to donate these materials to us so that we could recycle them and turn them into fashion products and accessories. Not only did we therefore come up with an alternative way of properly managng waste, but we also offered a way of creating social and environmental value using our social enterprises.
The project was received very positively, and it managed to receive enough funding so that work on the project could begin and that the project could develop in a small workshop.

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A furniture “makeover” lab
flag Italy - (Associazione Trapeiros di Emmaus)


Several months ago we set up a furniture “transformation” lab in a building that confiscated from the mafia, which the Erba town hall has allowed us to use, free of charge.

Certain pieces of furniture that are collected through our normal removal activities are selected to be sent to this workshop. These items of furniture are difficult to sell due to their poor condition, or because they are unfashionable and not desirable.

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Recycling of building material and furniture
flag Åland Islands - (Emmaus Åland)


Recycling and re-use. Inclusion of persons who are in the risk of exclusion.

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Emmaus Recycling Café
flag Åland Islands - (Emmaus Åland)


Inclusion and empowerment of marginalized persons.

Reducing food waste.

The purpose of Emmaus Recycling Café is to create a flexible system to get the long-term unemployed in the labour market and to break or prevent exclusion.

The project aims at long-term unemployed people to get a job. The objective is reached through skills development, individual support and practical work. By participating in the project, the participants prepare for employment or education.

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Ethical Finance- Right to dignified livelihood
flag India - (Tara Projects Association)


Tara is actively engaged in providing support to grassroots and marginalized persons in society by creating livelihood generation opportunities. Tara believes that ethical economy is vital for the peace and sustainability in our world. It is the right of each human being to have the possibility to get work, based on ethical and fair values. Skill development and capacity building trainings are also provided. Micro Credit initiatives is one of the important actions of the organization, that is helping the most needy to earn their adequate income in a respectable and dignified way.

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After Prison, Live on a Farm
flag France - (EMMAUS FRANCE)


French criminal law states that sanctions on criminals should seek to integrate or reintegrate people who have committed a crime. Moreover, studies show that 60% of people given prison sentences reoffend within 5 years if they do not receive specialised social support. Overpopulation of prisons, violence, unstable physical and mental health – the conditions in prison don’t enable them to prepare for release and increase the risk of people reoffending.

Driven by a strong belief that all human beings can improve themselves and rebuild their lives through work, in 1990 Jacques Pluvinage and Claude Naudin founded Moyembrie Farm to mitigate the damaging social impact of prison, and to prepare people for their reintegration into society.

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Taking in young people facing problems yet seeking autonomy
flag Benin - (Association Emmaüs Pahou)


The development of our towns has created problems when it comes to absorbing the huge number of people who migrate from villages to big towns. These migrants do not have any professional qualifications and their behaviour risks destabilising them.

This is how we come to meet young people on the streets, people who’ve come out of prison, whose family relationships have broken down, are unemployed and who don’t have anyone to talk to about their problems. Our community was set up to offer these destitute people an alternative way of life, to listen to them, offer them stability, train them in how to farm, breed livestock and fish so they can reintegrate into society and find work.

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Home for children and skill training centre for women
flag India - (Florence Home Foundation)


We started this children home because Cuddalore district is one of the under developed area, industrial area, and lots of street children and child labour can be found in this area.

So we started this center to protect them and give them safe life. Regarding training for women, in our area lots of women do not have proper education and skill training, so we started this project in this center.

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The Universal Right to Economic Initiative
flag Lebanon - (Association d'Entraide Professionnelle A.E.P.)


Through the chaos of war, AEP wanted turn individuals carrying out small projects into actors for development, facilitating social rehabilitation of those excluded and marginalised from the economic system. That is how the microcredit initiative, which also provides individual human support and technical assistance, started. Through this initiative, those who are excluded can become integrated into the economy and earn a dignified living from their work.

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LABEL EMMAUS
flag France - (EMMAUS FRANCE)


Actively engaged in the struggle against poverty and exclusion since 1949, Abbé Pierre’s movement has once again demonstrated its ability to innovate and counteract the logic of social and economic exclusion by creating a cooperative society that serves the common good (SCIC) called “Label Emmaüs”. First and foremost an online solidarity marketplace, Label Emmaüs is an innovative digital project and above all a social adventure.
The movement’s solidarity promoting economic activity is evolving to become more modern whilst keeping the project’s original promise to give people a second life and objects a second chance. Label Emmaüs is Emmaus’s bet on living by its own name and embracing its own values in the e-commerce environment.

Digital technology has become commonplace and all organisations need to make use of it. This is especially true for the third-sector organisations because it can serve as a means of overcoming exclusion: the Bocage workshops, Tri-Rhone-Alpes, ADB Solidatech, Connexions solidaires, We Tech Care: Emmaus has been present in the digital world for some time now.

In an online landscape increasingly dominated by giants, Emmaus is resisting with freedom and the pioneering spirit of those who created the internet, to design a more inclusive online environment that fosters social interaction.
The latest of these innovations, the solidarity marketplace Label Emmaüs, supplement’s Emmaus’s online presence.

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Permanent Affordable Housing
flag United States - (H.O.M.E. Incorporated)


Our group has been working to provide permanent affordable housing and a means for creating community since its inception in 1970. HOME is located in an area where housing and land, especially waterfront property, has been slowly moving towards gentrification over the past few generations. It is now becoming very difficult for working class families to find decent living conditions in this part of Maine, especially permanent housing. Land is becoming a commodity rather than a community asset, with many people owning summer homes and cottages which see use for only a few weeks out of the year. This pushes the lower class into rentals or other sub-par and difficult living situations. Many families are forced to dislocate from the State where they have lived for generation after generation.

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LIVING TOGETHER
flag Belgium - (La Poudrière ASBL)


In 1958, following meetings with Christians and homeless people, two priests and one couple set up the La Poudriere community project in a deprived area of Brussels, around the Ninove city gate.

With the simple goal of “being present” and seeking out misfortune and friendship, from the very beginning each day was shared, meaning that the usual concept of charity and “working for” was replaced by a new form of solidarity: “working with”.
The project has been in operation ever since, allowing those in difficult situations to share their lives with those who are not. This happens through shared meals and work, and living in the same place but with private spaces.

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Cooperative – Alternative Forms of Entrepreneurial Action
flag Poland - (Stowarzyszenie Emaus)


Since the Emmaus Lublin community (Poland) opened in 1995 it has been carrying out the classic activities of collecting and selling on used objects. But in recent years the group has been looking to identify new sources of funding.
The current economic climate in Poland means that the quality and quantity of articles received in our community is mediocre. Thus we are dependant, in a way, on aid coming from Emmaus groups in Western European countries.
Developing new forms of funding would mean more autonomy for our group and greater diversity in our sources of funding. We also offer training and practice in manual jobs for our companions, depending on whether or not they are interested and depending on their individual capabilities. Thanks to this work some of them have been able to find work and become autonomous.

With this goal in mind a Cooperative has been created and the majority of its members are companions. This Cooperative helps provide greater diversity of production and services.

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Strengthening the resilience of vulnerable communities.
flag Burkina Faso - (Solidarité et Entraide Mutuelle au Sahel (S.E.MU.S.))


The project covers seven communes of the province of Passoré and five communes of the province of Zondoma in northern Burkina Faso.

Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in Africa; nearly half of the population live on less than 1.25 USD per day (2013 Human Development Report).

In northern and central Burkina Faso, climate risks such as droughts and flooding exacerbate hunger and disease in manifold, interconnected ways, impacting on means of subsistence, food security, maternal and infant care as well as hygiene and health conditions. Climate change is set to continue eating away at the quantity of food available for a population that already ranks among the lowest food consumers in the world, and moreover, the number of malnourished children under the age of five is set to continue growing until at least 2025.

This is the context in which the project works to strengthen women’s resilience by equipping them with suitable technical knowledge and useful resources.

SEMUS opens daily, with support from its partners, out of a desire to help vulnerable communities flourish. It works to develop initiatives to combat poverty and abject poverty in all its manifestations. SEMUS’s vision is “a society of justice in which women and men come together in solidarity to promote equality and human dignity”.

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ECO TOURISM in ASIA
flag India - (EMMAUS ASIA)


NGOs in Asian countries, all these years, have commonly depended on funding from donor agencies, charitable institutions, and government ministries for their own administration and for conducting programs related to their local context. In the past, these donor/NGO relationships generally worked well for nonprofit, non-governmental organizations. However, in recent years, NGOs have been witnessing a marked decrease in available grants and other funding from both overseas and local donors, and when the support ends, the projects comes to a halt.

In the above context, discussions were held in Emmaus Asia Regional meetings since 2008 regarding how Emmaus Associations in Asia could move towards self sustainability. The Board of Emmaus Asia was of the opinion that if available resources with Asian groups be utilized productively, it will greatly help to generate income, eventually leading the groups to develop the future projects independent of any external support, and thus free them from their present state of dependence on uncertain sources of funding.

With the times and the support from Emmaus International, the concept of Eco Tourism emerged, which has gradually developed as an alternative source of income generation programme for the groups. It aims to educate visitors on the alternatives established by Asian groups in the field of education, water, sustainable agriculture, health, women empowerment, ethical finance, recycling & alternative energy, and also on the importance of the protecting natural resources as well as local cultural and artistic practices. There is also a growing interest in visiting tropical forest, mangrove forest, bird sanctuaries and wild life sanctuaries among the tourists.

Asian groups wanted to utilize this opportunity of the growing shift in interest among tourists from visit to urban cities, & from historical places to development projects, and make them understand the impact of development initiatives established by them in the last 25 years. Thus the idea of developing Eco tourism program emerged as part of income generation programme.

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