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flag Spain - (Fundación Traperos de Emaús Navarra)

We are “ragpickers”, an old trade which provides us with our resources, which we have brought up to date with separate collection, preparation for reuse and recycling of waste objects and materials under agreements with 16 local authority associations in Navarre and different SCRAPS (management systems), which we then sell at our flea markets.

In our Preparation Centre for Reuse and Recycling, we collect, sort and process over 12,000 tons for reuse or recycling.

The centre spans 20,000m², divided into four main areas: TEXTILES, FURNITURE, WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) and BOOKS & SMALL ITEMS.

This centre is an important part of the Circular Economy in Navarre and is recognised as part of the infrastructure of the Navarre Integrated Waste Plan (PIGRN).

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flag Spain - (Fundación Traperos de Emaús Navarra)


In the Emmaus Navarra ragpicking community we use the waste hierarchy as outlined in the European Directive and which prioritises, first and foremost, waste prevention.

Waste prevention is based around producing and consuming less and in a more responsible manner, faced with the capitalist model of buying, throwing away and buying again.

Since our early days, our community has, in addition to collecting second-hand objects and materials, always strived to raise awareness amongst the general public regarding waste prevention, responsible consumption, reuse and recycling.

Thus, as part of an agreement with the district of Pamplona, we have been leading various initiatives since 2015 to raise awareness on this topic amongst schoolchildren, other groups and amongst the general public.

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flag France - (Emmaüs Alternatives)

The Solidarity Lockers initiative began in Lisbon, as a result of conversations that ACA volunteers had with people living on the streets. It became clear that homeless people are waging a daily battle to prevent their money, documents, clothing and belongings which have a sentimental value from being stolen and that they needed a safe place to keep their belongings. “In the street, there is no trust. It’s every man for himself, you just have to find a way to get by.” These solidarity lockers are offering trust to the homeless people who receive one.

After a long design process with a local company, the first solidarity lockers were set up in Lisbon in 2015. In 2018, 60 lockers were offered to homeless people who agreed to sign a contract which included an obligatory weekly meeting with a social worker. The results are impressive: over two-thirds of those who have left the scheme have been able to find work, housing, a rehabilitation centre or a reintegration community.

Emmaus Alternatives is responsible for setting up the first solidarity lockers for homeless people in France. In partnership with the city of Montreuil, near Paris, and the Portuguese Association ACA, 12 lockers were installed in October 2018, and an additional 12 in November 2020.

With its simplicity and immediate positive impact, this project complements the work Emmaus Alternatives has carried out since 1991, supporting people living on the streets, or those alienated from the labour market, in accessing their rights and finding employment.

Far from keeping people on the street, this project is a new reintegration tool, targeting those who are most excluded. Indeed, although the solidarity lockers aim to meet a specific, fundamental need, the social support work and the social links created around access to these lockers are essential for forging a path to gradually help people get off the streets, following a step-by-step process.

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flag France - (Association Emmaüs Pamiers)

Our community, located in a small hamlet, accommodates 26 companions and has 3000 m² of land. The idea of having a vegetable garden arose 15 years ago. We wanted to improve our companions’ nutrition, while engaging in a reflection on sustainable development which goes hand in hand with our re-use and waste management activities

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flag India - (Tara Projects Association)

Badarpur used to be a village in older times. With the passage of time, it has developed into a squatter settlement, inhabited by large number of internal migrants. The majority of the inhabitants work in the factories as labourers/workers. Due to the closure of some industries, many of the inhabitants have lost their livelihoods and now have no stable employment. They survive by working in the unorganized sector or doing some petty jobs. Most of the women are home-based workers and are often victims of exploitation, by working for the contractors who pay them meagre wages. In recent times, due to a decline in their work orders, the women are not able to get work even from local contractors.

In view of ever increasing migration of the population from rural to urban areas, the pressure on land in the cities has increased. It has led to the establishment of urban slums (squatter settlements) in cities like Delhi. People living in these slums are living in horrible conditions, without access to basic facilities like sanitation and health. They also do not have access to the public facilities created by the Government. To make matters worse, they lack proper education/knowledge and are mostly unaware of matters concerning their health. This makes them vulnerable and exposed to malpractices and corruption of the existing healthcare providers. As a result, they end up being exploited by the doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers and end up spending a majority of their income on health costs.
The majority of India’s population lives below the poverty line with earnings of less than 0.6 USD/day (in urban areas) and 0.4 USD (in rural areas). As the private sector dominates the healthcare sector in India, the majority living below the poverty line has to depend on the public health infrastructure. This leads to an excessive burden on the existing, insufficient public health facilities and often leads to their collapse. According to a report on healthcare in India by Price Waterhouse Coopers, India needs 74,150 community centres per million people, but it has less than half that number. Over the years, this has led to a huge gap in the existing healthcare setup and health needs of our people. During 2018-19, India spent only 1.5% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on its healthcare needs, which is way below the desired goal set by the World Health Organization (WHO).
In such a scenario, where most of the private healthcare providers are driven by profits, the poor have been the worst affected. With even health insurance being out of their reach, the poor do not have any option left than to fall into the trap of healthcare providers and greedy moneylenders. This pushes them deeper into the vicious circle of poverty. People are thus being denied their right to access healthcare.


MHO offers poor people a ray of hope. MHO’s health actions, based on solidarity, self-governance and support, are the only alternatives available. MHO focuses on offering access to consultations with a general practitioner at its health centre and to medication at very low prices. It provides extensive prevention and awareness-raising work on different health aspects throughout the year within the neighbourhood, some out-patient hospital beds for observation, and partnerships developed with hospitals (public and private, of different religious denominations) in order to refer mutual health members, should this be necessary. The project is helping people to come together and support each other in their hour of need. MHO is a not-for-profit organization which offers solidarity. It is a unique initiative providing the Right to Health to those who are otherwise denied this right.

MHO provides ordinary people with some relief. By ‘Mutual’ we mean a system in which the beneficiaries themselves participate, a system which is governed by them so that they feel the responsibility of making it a success. MHO is a completely transparent system in which members with expert guidance take decisions about supporting other members. They themselves lay down the rules and follow them. MHO has, over the years, proved to be a big help in their times of need. It has taught members to behave responsibly and minimise their health costs/risks.

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flag Togo - (Mouvement d'action pour le renouveau social (MARS))

Nowadays, it is clear that the socio-economic situation of parents influences the education of their children. If the parents are comfortably off, children can easily go to school; if the parents are poor, children drop out of school, or have no access at all to school education. This means that even during school hours, some school-age children are hanging around on the streets and at rubbish dumps. They are looking for scrap metal or to push carts to earn money and pay for their needs at school or at home. As their parents are poor and do not even have arable land, they are not able to afford living costs or their children’s school fees. Is it not dreadful to see these children “these adults of tomorrow” in these situations? What needs to be done to facilitate and promote education for these children facing hardship?

In order to do our part in trying to resolve this problem recognised as an “evil of the century”, M.A.R.S (MOUVEMENT D’ACTION POUR LE RENOUVEAU SOCIAL [ACTION MOVEMENT FOR SOCIAL RENEWAL]) runs socio-humanitarian initiatives to enable these children to go to school, just like other children. It also promotes education in the most remote areas by making school supplies, uniforms and school fees available to underprivileged children.

At the start of each school year, assistance from supportive communities enables M.A.R.S to provide school supplies to children in hardship, to promote education for all in Togo. Some of these children benefit from payment of school fees (tuition) and breakfast during the academic year. For young people who can no longer attend school, their socio-professional training and breakfast costs are covered.

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flag India - (Kudumbam)

India is an agricultural country. 70% of our agricultural lands are rain fed. Annually almost 25% of the agriculture produce is damaged due to a lack of drying and storage facilities. Together with the Indian Institute of Science, we have established a fuel dryer to dry vegetables and herbs.

This initiative is a value adding process for herbs. Due to erratic rainfall when the monsoon and harvest coincide, there is a huge loss of produce for farmers, because perishable produce such as greens, vegetables and fruits get damaged. But by drying these we can store them for the whole year. At the same time there are wild herbs like Usilai, Aavarai, drum stick leaves, curry leaves, Neem leaves, and Hibiscus leaves, flowers like Hibiscus, and Aavarampoo, in abundance. These greens and flowers are available in large quantities. These can be dried and kept for the whole year in the form of leaves or powdered leaves.

To a large extent, people over 55 years are unemployed in the village and they constitute 20% of the population. Hence by creating employment, they collect leaves and flowers and bring them to the farm. These are then fuel dried and marketed. This adds value to perishable agriculture produce. This generates employment opportunities for people over 55, and this is an initiative which falls under environmental conservation and social justice. This fuel dryer unit is functioning on the Kolunji Ecological Farm.

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flag Ukraine - (Community of Reciprocal Help "Oselya")

Community “Oselya” was founded in 2003 and it was the first organization in the city to provide social service for homeless people. The community itself could host seven companions back then, but there were many people in the streets seeking for food and clothing. And there were no other agencies or nonprofits to support them, so Oselya decided to support them by any means and has been doing it since then.

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flag Bangladesh - (Pollee Unnyon Prokolpo)

Our aim is to develop the socio-economic conditions of the uprooted, illiterate and underprivileged people in our community. We focus especially on capacity building of female-headed households and marginal, landless and destitute women and their families in the community. We support rural women with selected skills development training, production, marketing and creating opportunities for them to explore their potential to effect change in their own lives. We assist women in creating their own position in the family, as well as in society, creating opportunities for them to break through boundaries set by male-dominated family customs and social prejudices. Apart from this, our organisation also implements various socio-economic activities such as: awareness campaigns on women’s rights, gender equity, domestic violence prevention, denouncing child marriage etc. We undertake advocacy work and lobbing of policy makers and local government representatives, calling for a food security law, decentralised national budgeting system, amendment of the existing tobacco control law. We are affiliated with several national environmental movements to ensure environmental justice and combat the illegal grab of river banks.

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flag Colombia - (EMAÚS AMÉRICA)

The Emmaus Pereira and Piura groups, working together under our struggle for Peace, Freedom of Movement and Universal Citizenship, have helped bring people from two South American countries, Peru and Colombia, closer together. The objective of this initiative is to develop further integration and cooperation between our two communities for the benefit of our citizens.

This initiative to unite our strength was designed with the idea that South American countries should have the same goal for their growth policies: know-how about cultural and social matters in order to launch cultural programmes and development projects.

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flag Spain - (Asociación Traperos de Emaús de la Región de Murcia)

In 2015, a social work student on placement suggested increasing our association’s second-hand book sales by creating a webpage to sell them online, promoting initiatives and agreements with other bodies in the Murcia region to make it easier to donate books and bring greater visibility to this project. Traperos de Emaús approved setting up this initiative to take advantage of the possibility of connecting more widely with the general public in the region, to increase sales and bring visibility in a friendly and simple way.

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“Yes to the Responsible Business Initiative”

Popular vote on 29th November 2020

The Emmaus Switzerland Federation supports the initiative on Responsible Business and recommends voting YES.

The Responsible Business Initiative states the obvious: when multinational companies, based in Switzerland, pollute rivers or destroy entire regions, they must be held responsible!
Anyone who uses child labour or destroys the environment must be held accountable.
Time and time again, multinational companies violate human rights or are responsible for destroying the environment. With this initiative, they would be obliged not to look away, but rather to act preventively in order to avoid harming humans or the environment.
Unscrupulous multinationals take advantage of the situation in countries that do not have a functional judicial system. They use child labour or destroy the environment without fearing any consequences. This is why this initiative is necessary. 

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Sale at the central house of Saint Martin de Ré
flag France - (Association des amis et compagnons d'Emmaüs de l'Aunis)

The detention centre in Saint Martin de Ré accommodates inmates serving very long sentences. A third of these detainees live in a state of awful deprivation. The minimum social allowance they receive is spent on cigarettes, or renting prison appliances (TV, fridge). As such, many detainees do not have enough money to replace their clothing. The State provides €20/month to the poorest inmates.

The chaplaincy appealed to the Community to respond to this need and organise a clothing sale in two of the prison wards.

In the barracks ward, detainees are on average between 55 - 65 years old and have no opportunities to work. In light of the acts that they may have committed and the distance between the penitentiary centre and their families, the latter have severed ties, or have not been in contact with the detainees for some time.

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Mossley SOUP – community crowdfunding events powered by soup
flag United Kingdom - (Emmaus Mossley)

Mossley is a former mill-town on the outskirts of Greater Manchester. As well as a rich heritage, the town has an active voluntary-sector. There are many voluntary groups engaged with young people, elderly residents, the environment, sport, art and community events.

Back in 2016, after some initial discussions, it was clear that some of these groups were thriving whilst others struggled to attract funding, volunteers or expertise to enable their work to continue and grow.

Mossley SOUP was launched in January 2017 with the aim of hosting a series of events to promote, fundraise and support local projects that benefit the people of Mossley. The concept was based on the Detroit SOUP model of community-based development through crowdfunding, creativity, collaboration, democracy, trust and fun.

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Helping Coventry’s Food Banks
flag United Kingdom - (Emmaus Coventry and Warwickshire)

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.

Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire, based in Coventry, wanted to do something to help support the amazing work being done by food banks in the local area.

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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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Beginner’s French initiative
flag France - (Association Emmaüs Indre Fondateur abbé Pierre)

Since 2011, Emmaus Indre has welcomed a certain number of undocumented persons who don’t speak French. Some arrive unaccompanied, others with their families, at the Déols and Le Blanc communities. They are originally from Albania, Kosovo, Ukraine, Russia, Sub-Saharan Africa as well as North Africa.

The Déols community has begun offering a French language course for beginners called the DILF (French Language Initiation Diploma) benefitting around ten willing companions. This diploma is recognised by the national education system, helps integrate the companions into society and also serves as a certificate which is needed for their temporary residence permit applications.

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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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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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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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Solidarity soup
flag France - (Association Emmaüs communauté du Plessis-Trévise)

Following an appeal from Emmaus Solidarité, which works in Paris to assist anyone facing social exclusion (homeless people, refugees, etc.), for equipment for their night rounds (warm clothing, shoes, scarves, gloves, hats, blankets, duvets, underwear, toiletries, travel bags; and for babies: nappies, wipes, formula milk, etc.) our community decided to organise an awareness-raising initiative, by offering “solidarity soup”.

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flag United Kingdom - (Emmaus Gloucestershire Ltd)

Rough sleepers are marginalised and isolated from access to income and support, especially when they do not have connections with the local area.

Also, no overnight sleeping arrangements are put in place by the authorities unless the temperature falls below minus 3 degrees for 3 consecutive nights.

Emmaus Gloucestershire launched the ‘Operation Backpack’ campaign to help rough sleepers survive in the coldest months of the year and are looking for the local community to get behind them by donating filled rucksacks for distribution to rough sleepers through the Winter.

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Recycling Electric and Electronic Waste and Appliances
flag Uruguay - (Emaús Asociación Civil Nuevo Paris)

In our country, there is a large build-up of electric and electronic waste that is seriously harmful both for the environment and public health. There are no laws that regulate work with this waste.

Motivated by caring for the environment and also by wanting to become a self-sustaining group, we have made the decision to work with electric and electronic materials, adding a new income-generating sector to our traditional work with second hand goods.

While we have much experience in recycling, we must be trained to learn all about this new type of work and therefore set ourselves apart from other business that are involved in this sector.

Gaining knowledge will help with the management of the project, with the hope of increasing our economic resources which support social work and contribute to caring for the natural environment.

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Emmaus Labour Pool
flag Finland - (Emmaus Helsinki r.y. Emmaus Helsingfors r.f.)

The situation in Finland has changed in recent years and we face a new kind of poverty. While citizens and people with European Union health insurance card benefit from a well-developed social security system, we have a growing number of people who are not entitled to social benefits such as health care, unemployment and child benefits. Emmaus Helsinki wanted to address this emergency situation and founded a cooperative which employs marginalized immigrants.

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Education and training for children and young adults with albinism
flag Burundi - (Association de Lutte contre la Délinquance et la Pauvreté A.L.D.P.)

The situation people with albinism are facing in Burundi is extremely worrying: they are victims of violence and discrimination and have limited access to their economic, social and cultural rights.

Albinism is considered a supernatural phenomenon. People with albinism are perceived to be different and bestowed with good or evil powers depending on the local beliefs. They are therefore held in disdain, discriminated against, and face various kinds of persecution, even as far as kidnap and massacres. Rising violence against albinos can be attributed to the growing belief that their internal organs bring wealth and power to those who possess them, leading to a boom in trafficking.

Often rejected since childhood, albinos have low self-esteem, consider themselves abnormal and are very withdrawn. Firstly, therefore, they need help accepting their condition.

ALDP tries to raise awareness and provide training for albinos in order to curb inequality, and help them join Burundian society, like all other citizens.

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flag Peru - (Comunidad Traperos Águilas de Emaús, Piurá)

From the outset, our community’s main work has involved recycling, which is a priority for two reasons; fundamentally because it helps to preserve the environment and also because it is our way of generating income.

Our country as a whole, and above all the most populous regions, faces serious problems with waste treatment. Piura is the most populous region after the capital city of Lima, and the volume of waste generated has grown alongside the rise in number of inhabitants. This has now become a real problem for the local authorities and general public; it is exacerbated by the fact that people do not have a culture of caring for the environment.

Therefore, our community firmly believes that environmental education is key to gradually addressing our country’s waste problem. Moreover, recycling is a way of directly addressing this problem, because it enables this material, which would have been sent to informal landfills or burnt on the municipal dump, to be reincorporated into a life cycle or recuperated for different uses.

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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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The Emmaus Centre for Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
flag Peru - (Comunidad Traperos Águilas de Emaús, Piurá)

In 2006 we launched the Emmaus Águilas Ragpickers Community, a social initiative in order to answer the huge unmet needs of the physically disabled. In Piura these people lack state care solutions, there are very few specialist clinics for the physically disabled in the area and the ones we do have are very expensive.

We call our centre the Centre for Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation and Massage and we have been working for the community in Piura for 11 years, providing health services for a low cost (and even free of change for those who are in extreme need).

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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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Wall’s Walking Challenge
flag United Kingdom - (Emmaus Leeds Ltd)

Steven Wall, who lived and worked as a companion at Emmaus Leeds, sadly passed away on 12th January 2016 after a long battle with cancer. The Emmaus Leeds community were keen to carry out an act of solidarity in memory of Steven and to support two charities close to Steven’s heart.

The community set a challenge to scale the three tallest peaks of the United Kingdom together with the three highest peaks in Yorkshire. Steven received support from Macmillan Cancer Support and St Gemma’s Hospice so it was decided that these two causes would benefit from the walks.

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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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flag Bangladesh - (Thanapara Swallows Development Society)

Thanapara Swallows Development Society (TSDS) made a survey about Primary Education in rural area and found out that only 15% of children go to school and out of that number, 25% drop out.

The reasons why the children don’t attend schools differ?
- For most of them, it’s difficult to reach the school because of long distances from home and due to bad conditions during the monsoon season.
- Their families consider education is not an interesting matter for them.
- Children find that normal school is boring (it’s only teaching, teaching, teaching).

To change this situation, TSDS together with an international non-governmental organization called BRAC (Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee) started Non Formal Primary Education to provide education to rural disadvantaged children who do not go to school or drop out from the school during the first year. Schools are built in remote areas to ensure school attendance of all children in the district.

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The ‘Abbé Pierre Oasis'
flag France - (Association Emmaüs Cabriès (?))

Faced with the rising demand of women looking for housing the Emmaus community in Cabriès decided to go ahead with a project for a new building so we can welcome more women, starting with unaccompanied women first of all.

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'Resilient': Re-insertion through Design.
flag France - (Emmaüs Alternatives)

Since 2014 Emmaus Alternatives has worked on promoting creativity with people on get back to work schemes thanks to sewing workshops. In these workshops they focus on adjustments, customisation and creation.

The 'Resilient' project is part of this dynamic - it involves both research and action and helps portray the value of both human beings and objects.

The project has been supported by Eugénie deLarivière, a designer of objects who specialises in teaching design, who shares Emmaus' vision of the future in terms of social aspects, solidarity, ecology and the job market. Emmaus Alternatives decided to formalise its creative ambitions and experiments in order to reach out to more people, and to do so using our own methodology and tools.

This new creative workshop uses 'think design' teaching methods with people on get back to work schemes to help them develop cross-disciplinary skills. The workshop helps encourage new ways of thinking, reacting, adapting and innovating as well as regaining self-confidence by recognising one's own qualities.

The workshop is linked to the association's income-generating activities - giving value to objects that would normally have been thrown away by making the design of these objects more attractive. These new designs will also help the association reach out to a new, wider client base.

At the same time the project helps us reach our environmental goals of reducing waste and raising awareness amongst the general public about collection, re-use and recycling.

The Goal of the Project

1. Regaining Self-confidence: a Pre-requisite for the Job Market

The psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Boris Cyrulnik invented the term 'resilience' which is about an individual's ability to overcome challenges. He explained in a conference about traumatic memories that "art is about transforming the horror of the human condition".

Creativity helps us to express our frustrations, to provide them with meaning and to make them into something new. Thus the obstacles we face in life are often what help us become more resilient.

The 'Resilient' project follows on from the sewing workshop mentioned above, it too helps portray the value of both human beings and objects. The re-insertion programme for this activity will be inspired by the teaching methods used in design schools - boosting creativity, independence and know-how and helping encourage new ways of thinking, reacting, adapting and innovating.

The initiative boosts projects that promote skills, helping people to rebuild relationships of trust and to regain self-confidence by recognising one's own qualities.

2. The Importance of Cross-disciplinary Skills for People on our Re-Insertion Schemes

Cross-disciplinary skills are strongly promoted as they are often pre-requisites for jobs and help people stay in work in the long term. Some people have all the technical skills required for their job but are not good at working as part of a team, or at being autonomous, or at communicating in the appropriate way with internal and external partners, etc. Such skills are essential for job-seekers and thus they are a key focus in our re-insertion schemes.

We try to offer a range of options on the schemes so that people can have the opportunity to develop the specific skills they require to get back into work. The 'Resilient' project is meant to be a powerful, innovative way of helping people to develop these skills.

3. The Goal of Reaching Zero Waste

Today people are producing more and more waste due to our rising rate of consumption and this has a negative impact on the environment, our health and the economy. It has an impact on all of us: consumers, producers, re-use structures, citizens, tax payers - all of us could and should fight for better waste management.

Upcycling is an innovative way of limiting the amount of waste we create. Upcycling is about re-using an object or material in a new way, transforming the item and adding value to it.

For Emmaus, one of the main stakeholders in re-use in France with its collecting and redistributing of second-hand objects, the objective is to get involved in this trend of upcycling as it is a trend that will continue to grow and that is in line with our values (redistribute, re-use, recycle).

4. The Lack of Environmental Awareness, Knowledge and Know-How

We have noted that both the people on our re-insertion schemes and our users lack awareness about environmental matters and do not have enough information to be stakeholders in the fight to protect the environment, to produce less waste and to better manage this waste.

5. The Need to Diversify our Commercial Opportunities

Selling on second-hand textiles, linen and shoes is still one of the sectors for 'Insertion through Economic Activity' which is fairly profitable but the economic model of insertion schemes as a whole is still quite stretched. The current low oil price reduces costs for producers of new clothes, penalising the second-hand sector. When stakeholders from the for-profit sector arrive in the market they sometimes use aggressive tactics to gain market share in the second-hand sector.

Thus we must continue to make our 'traditional' activity more efficient whilst trying to identify new activities which could be economically profitable as well as enriching and strengthening our efforts to help our staff members get back into the job market. That is the idea behind the 'Resilient' project.

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Reduce Domestic Violence Program.
flag Bangladesh - (Thanapara Swallows Development Society)

Thanapara Swallows Development Society (TSDS) has been working in border with India West Bengal and in this area of Bangladesh people have high divorce rate. If there is any conflict in a family, the husband very normally divorces his wife and move to India to work and stay there. Many times also the husband tries to get married to another woman.

According to Bangladesh law, if husband divorces his wife, he has to pay food and stay with her for a period of time. He also has to pay her an amount of money. But as most of them are from poor family, the wife does not go to court to fight and as the husband moves to another country it is very difficult to do anything.

The other critical social problem in our society is domestic violence. The most common form of domestic violence in Bangladesh continues to be from the husband. According to a Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics survey conducted in 2015, more than 80.2% of married women have suffered some form of violence from their husbands whether it is physical, sexual, economic or emotional abuse.

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Teaching about Recycling
flag Brazil - (Emaús Igualdade no Brasil)

"Targeting the struggle for social and environmental justice the Emmaus Igualdade community created a project called 'Educare - Teaching about Recycling'. The objective of this project is to inform people about Emmaus' work in schools across the globe, and in Cachoeira Paulista in particular, in order to change mindsets, make the local people aware of the importance of recycling and to motivate them to become activists for change".

One of the main reasons behind the creation of this project was to answer the question: what will the future of Emmaus Igualdade be after 30 years of work in Cachoeira Paulista? This project was thus seen as an alternative that would guarantee the future of the Emmaus community, a group which welcomes people living on the streets and provides them with dignity as well as social, psychological and spiritual support. However it is the community's re-use of recycled materials which creates the resources necessary for its survival. Whilst trying to leave the local people with a long-lasting impression Emmaus Igualdade also seeks to raise awareness amongst young people, encouraging them to take part in this process, to seek social and environmental justice and to pass this bug on to their friends. The community welcomes direct support from young people as volunteers as well as support on a more intermittent basis.

In line with Emmaus' slogan to "serve first those who suffer most" this project informs young people, in a school setting, about the work done by the Emmaus community and promotes collective action. The idea is that, through education, everybody understands that both citizens and materials must go through a continuous process of recycling.

The goal of the school is that people learn about the work done in the Emmaus community and that teachers and pupils develop a project for socio-environmental education.

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Lobbying efforts supporting social inclusion for people with disabilities.
flag Burundi - (Appui aux initiatives des personnes handicapées (AIPH))

In 2007 the international community, including the UN, had understood that an international convention on the rights of people with disabilities was necessary in order to ensure that these people have access to rights to the same extent as other people and in all areas of life.

This convention came into force in many countries in 2006 but Burundi continues to lag behind and is now the only country in Eastern Africa that has not created a text to apply this convention on the national level. That is why AIPH, working alongside other organisations for people with disabilities in Burundi, lobbies the Burundi government to adopt provisions to apply this UN convention.

Why do we need to lead advocacy work? The content of the convention has not been heard neither by the beneficiaries (disabled people) nor by those who are responsible for implementing it. The authorities seem not to know where to start to apply this convention. The State is also afraid of committing to this work as it would require significant financial investment despite the fact that this is the State's role in this matter.

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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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flag France - (Association Emmaüs de Marseille - Pointe Rouge, Fondateur Abbé Pierre)

On 17 October 2011 the authorities in Marseille signed a municipal decree prohibiting begging in the city centre.

Following several unsuccessful demonstrations outside the town hall we took the decision to organise, in the run up to Christmas, a large solidary banquet with homeless people as the VIPs at this event.

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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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PAG-LA-YIRI community radio station
flag Burkina Faso - (Association des femmes de Zabré "Pag-la-Yiri")

The Pag-La-Yiri association is a women's development association based in the centre-east region of Burkina Faso, in Boulgou province. Created in 1975 this association fights for the well-being of the population, notably for women living in rural areas. The HQ is in Zabré and the association intervenes in 11 areas across 5 communes (Zabré, Zonsé, Zoaga, Garango and Gomboussougou) in the provinces of Boulgou and Zoundwéogo.

In order to educate the population and raise awareness about development topics amongst women living in rural areas (communicating and providing information) the association launched a community radio station, 'Radio Pag-La-Yiri'.

Financial and technical support from a Dutch NGO called IICD (The International Institute for Communication and Development) enabled us to launch Radio Pag-La-Yiri. We signed our first convention with the CSC (High Council for Communication) on 18 October 2007 and this agreement was renewed on 15 February 2013.
The main objective was to ensure women’s voices are heard given that both the association and the radio initiative are led by women. Radio Pag-La-Yiri is the only radio station in the commune of Zabré. It has been broadcasting officially since 8 February 2009.

Radio Pag-La-Yiri, despite being a specifically 'women's radio station' and a 'community radio station', is also a generalist radio station.

The radio station's specific objective is to contribute towards raising awareness amongst the local population by encouraging them to lead positive action, boosting integral human development.

With a transmission range of 80 kilometres Radio Pag-La-Yiri targets village communities (men, women and young people) and branches of the association are based in these villages. Radio Pag-La-Yiri's broadcasts are generally addressed to the entire local population.

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flag Burundi - (Appui aux initiatives des personnes handicapées (AIPH))

Disabled people face two major difficulties: the first one is that of their disability and the second of these is poverty. Poverty pushes these people towards begging, especially in urban and semi-urban areas where they go to seek refuge. AIPH (Support for Initiatives for People with Disabilities) is convinced that working is better than begging and thus we try to help find solutions to overcome the poverty affecting disabled people by implementing income generating activities (we currently run sewing and pig/goat farming activities and will soon start fish farming).

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flag Angola - (Associação Emaús Lunda)

One of the major challenges in east Angola is the issue of reintegrating repatriated populations from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and from Zambia.

(These people went to DRC and Zambia as refugees from the 27 years of civil war in Angola between the MPLA (People’s Armed Forces for the Liberation of Angola), the party in power since independence in 1975, and UNITA (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola), a rebel movement founded by Jonas Savimbi. This war only ended in 2002 after the killing, by government forces, of Jonas Savimbi. After the war ended, many Angolan refugees decided to return to their country.)

Our Group, based in a border province between the two countries mentioned above, provides assistance with the terrible situation of these refugees. When they return to Angola, after many years as refugees, neither they nor their children speak the local language or have any professional training, and the country’s structures for receiving these people are insufficient or even non-existent.

With this activity, we aim to provide professional training in dressmaking to 30 repatriated women in order to stimulate revenue-generating activities, self-employment and improvement in social conditions.

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Supporting children in the neighbourhood.
flag Peru - (Traperos de Emaús Villa el Salvador)

We have a place in the Oasis neighbourhood where we carry out sales. It was in a companions meeting on 15 June 2012 that, after seeing how precarious the children’s education was, we decided to help them by providing academic assistance, also making the most of the fact that we have the support of a teacher, Jeanete Ramirez Palacios.

We looked at the local children’s situation, and decided to provide them with academic support from Monday to Friday in the afternoons (3-5 pm).

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Solidarity Coat Racks
flag Uruguay - (Asociación Civil Grupo Aportes)

Last year, as a result of the particularly cold winter in Montevideo, two people who were living in the street lost their lives. Although the Group was already donating large quantities of clothing through the Ministry of Social Development, it decided that the time had come to launch an initiative that would get the whole of society involved, given that every one of us is capable of contributing something, no matter how small, to change the reality we live in.

This initiative originated in Mexico, and we at the Aportes Group thought that it would be a good initiative for our group to work on, given that many of the people we work with are living on the street or in highly vulnerable situations, and especially because there are many more who we currently don’t reach.

The aim of this project is to improve the lives of people who, for various reasons, do not have shelter during times when the weather is extremely cold. It is not our intention to perpetuate or promote these situations, but rather to offer solutions in the interim, because as Abbe Pierre used to say, “When you encounter any human suffering, take whatever action you can, not only to solve the immediate problem, but also to destroy its causes”. While we at the Group work convinced of the need to change the society we live in, in the meantime we cannot be indifferent to people’s suffering.

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Recreation Centre at the Emmaus CADA
flag France - (Association Emmaüs Bussières-et-Pruns)

Responding to an internal and external need

The association runs a reception centre for asylum seekers (CADA) where families live with their children. They are housed in an old convent, provided and refurbished by the Abbé Pierre foundation for welcoming these families. During the holidays, the children need activities. They sometimes go to recreation centres in the area, but this is not always possible due to a lack of spaces.

The association therefore decided to create a recreation centre in the CADA to create a participative and social space, and also to create a local place for children of families that live in the area and nearby areas. Through this project, the association hoped to facilitate living together in the local area through enabling social and cultural mingling.

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Arts Workshops with the Companions.

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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Tea Saloon.
flag France - (Association Emmaüs Toulouse Labarthe-sur-Lèze, Fondateur Abbé Pierre)

Cafés are a shared space and the idea of this project was to stregnthen the links between people doing civic service from Unis-Cité with people from Emmaus as well as customers and donors.

The café is a space to talk about our values, struggles and initatives whilst enjoying spending some time together. Showing that by re-using objects we can create pleasant, tasteful spaces for exchanges and meetings.

Showing that exchange and togetherness are important in our sales areas: taking the time to talk to one another is key. Tiffen, Julie, Marion and Vidura are the 'spring chickens’ of Emmaus Toulouse!

They are involved in various awareness-raising initiatives alongside the association MediaTerre and have been with us since October. This civic service group from Unis-Cité has helped us form new relationships. They firstly got involved in our sorting and sales activities and then the idea came to set up a social area at our Labarthe-sur-Lèze site.

Near the entrance to the sales area a few palettes, spare wood and imagination were all that was required to create a café, our tea 'Saloon'. Home-made cakes, organic juice and sustainable tea and coffee help make this a real place of exchange.

Tony, Paulo and Christian, companions in Labarthe-sur-Lèze, helped build this space using the materials collected by the community. The second life given to these objects is rather unique. Concerts, story-telling and social events are organised to bring people together to talk about Emmaus' work, with a cup or a plate of local produce in hand of course.

Inspired by Westerns with its wooden furniture this tea salon really does make you think of a saloon, if you don’t believe us come and see it for yourselves...

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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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flag France - (Association des amis de la communauté des Chiffonniers d'Emmaüs de Quimperlé)

So-called “nonsuit” families, i.e. families who completed the asylum application procedure but did not obtain refugee status, should in theory “hand in their keys” a month after the French national asylum court rejects their application.

The families are supposed to use this month to find accommodation or apply for assistance to return home. In most cases, if they choose to stay in France, they end up without any accommodation. In fact, these families don’t have access to the accommodation, social reintegration centres or any other traditional forms of accommodation.

They can alternatively apply for leave to remain on different grounds.
In reality, though, they often end up on the streets.
Their “nonsuit” status means they can neither be deported nor given papers. This grey legal area leaves the families in a situation of insecurity and prevents stakeholders from acting.

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Right to Housing for the Most Vulnerable Citizens
flag Italy - (Associazione Comunitá Emmaus Villafranca)

The right to housing is a prerequisite to exercising other fundamental rights (such as the rights to work, to found a family, to health, to private life).

In 1990 Emmaus Villafranca created the cooperative SOS Casa and bought a building that they planned to renovate, this building would house the first 5 apartments.
Decent housing was made available at affordable prices and specific support was provided for vulnerable people on the housing market (migrants, young couples, pensioners, single-income families, seperated parents), for the categories of people that are too "poor" to afford rents.

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Initiatives for Peace
flag Italy - (Associazione Comunitá Emmaus Villafranca)

Participating in the organisation of a large gathering of movements and Italian networks who fight for a culture of peace and nonviolence. The gathering was held in the Verona Arena.

Presenting a bill to the Italian government so that they implement a nonviolent civil defence force that would be financed using some of the resources originally earmarked for military spending.

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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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Education and training for children, young people and disadvantaged adults
flag Colombia - (Asociación comunitaria de Emaús de Guadalajara de Buga)

Colombia's past has been tarnished by forced displacement of farmers, indigenous peoples and persons of African descent due to the civil war, the violence of criminal gangs and drug trafficking.
Violence during the civil war has led to the displacement of over 8 million Colombians. Colombia currently has the 2nd highest amount of internally displaced persons in the world.
The city of Buga, 70km to the north of Cali, has a population of 100,000 people and a wide variety of living conditions. Buga was faced with the phenomenon of displacement when the city began to see the arrival of peasant farmers from the surrounding countryside in the early 2000s. These displaced persons gathered in the north of the city where there is a lack of schools as well as health and social infrastructure.
Our Emmaus community has been working with vulnerable children, adolescents, adults and victims of the conflict in this part of the city since 2009.

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Preparing Young People in Burundi for Immigration to Europe.
flag Burundi - (Association de Lutte contre la Délinquance et la Pauvreté A.L.D.P.)

There have been inter-ethnic conflicts and wars in Burundi for over 10 years and this has had a negative impact on the socio-economic situation of the population. Burundi has witnessed violence, violations of different types, famine, displacement of persons, the destruction of the socio-economic infrastructure, children not being put in school or dropping out of school, unemployment, etc.

Given that moving to Europe is currently the dream for the majority of young people in Burundi, due to the unstable socio-economic and political situation in the country, ALDP (the Association to Fight Crime and Poverty) provides support for young people, organises outreach programmes and awareness raising/informative sessions on freedom of movement and residence in Europe for those who wish to migrate.

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Accommodation for those with fragile mental health
flag France - (Amis et compagnons Emmaüs Planay)

In 1993, it was noted that there was a lack of structures for accommodating people excluded from society in the northern part of Côte d’Or. The Emmaus community in Norges-la-Ville (Dijon) therefore decided to open an accommodation centre in Planay in an old farmhouse.

In 1995, the Planay community welcomed a patient from the Semur-en-Auxois psychiatric hospital. Dominique is still a companion within the community. From that day on, a partnership was struck up with the hospital and Dr. Wallenhorst, head of the psychiatric unit and an alcoholism specialist. A psychiatric nurse visits the community twice a week, meaning that there is someone paying special attention to companions in case of need. This nurse provides a link between psychiatric doctors and addiction specialists in the hospital.
With the current closure of hospital units that accommodate people with fragile mental health, addition issues and limited independence, the Emmaus community in Planay is offering a solution for these people.

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flag Argentina - (Emaús Resistencia Asociación Civil)

Exclusion is present in our society, that is a fact, and exclusion is getting worse for working class women with little or no education and who must take care of their households and children.
Our initiative with working class women started with the building of a relationship with Emmaus Resistencia and this relationship was gradually transformed into permanent voluntary work which has been running for 3 years. The group is full of working class mothers who are the pillars of their households and who know how to recycle and reuse materials and objects that others have thrown away.

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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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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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Emmaus Labour Pool
flag Åland Islands - (Emmaus Åland)

The right to movement and work.

We had many beggars in the streets and some people saw this as a problem. We saw the possibilities and offered them work instead. We analysed the legal aspects (taxation, work permits, insurances et.) of migrant workers, and adapted our system to existing regulations.

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Emmaus Soup Kitchen
flag Åland Islands - (Emmaus Åland)

The idea is to provide a space for social interaction.

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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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An Emmaus Indoor Football Team
flag France - (Amis et Compagnons d'Emmaüs de Dijon-Norges)

The words of Mario, 28 years of age, a companion originally from Romania and who has been at the Emmaus Norges community since March 2011:
“I like organising and participating in events in the community. I wanted to find an activity we could do together which would motivate the young people in the community and I came up with the idea of forming an indoor football team. The community leaders agreed with the idea and supported me.
To start with I asked the companions if they were interested, then I found a location and we have since played many times. Nobody knew the rules so we learnt as we went along, little by little. I noticed that there were regular matches being played at the centre so I asked one of the people running the centre how it all worked and he explained that there was a league for companies.
I thought it would be a good idea to set up an Emmaus team to show the general public that visits our community that we’re not “alcoholics, drug users and thieves” and that people are capable of sharing something and working together”.

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flag Peru - (Fundación Cuna Nazareth)

La Cuna Nazareth was born in 1962 as an intitiative set up by foreign voluneers from Sweden and Finland, who ran the organisation for a number of years. The initiative came about as a way to tackle the abandonment of children in various areas of Chorrillos, who were being left alone at home during the day while their parents went out to work.

La Cuna is structured as a social project based on protecting the rights of children, who themselves act as active agents in their own development, and our role in this great endeavour is to be the active agents of social action, contributing to the country by promoting the development of individuals and families living in poverty.

Its work is centred on tackling social and educational issues, to guarantee the holistic development of boys and girls between the ages of 1 and 5, who are the children of families living in precarious conditions (whether the heads of household are mothers, fathers, grandparents or guardians).

With its own approach and identity, for the past 54 years La Cuna Nazareth has been leaving its mark as a social institution dedicated to helping the children of Peru.

Under an agreement signed 33 years ago with the Ministry of Education, La Cuna guarantees the full development of boys and girls, with support from our staff and volunteers, who are devoted to our goals.

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flag Argentina - (Emaús Burzaco Asociación Civil)

An educational project, helping to provide basic needs and support for children and adolescents, carried out according to the guidelines of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child and the values of the Emmaus movement.

Emmaus Burzaco’s social work started in 1985, helping disadvantaged children in the Ministro Rivadavia neighbourhood in the outskirts of the Province of Buenos Aires. The programme was launched in response to an appeal by the neighbourhood school after teachers observed that children were suffering from a severe lack of food – they were hungry, and this was causing health and emotional problems, making it impossible for them to learn.

At that time, Emmaus was already working within the neighbourhood, building and repairing wooden houses for families that had issues with housing.

Moved by the appeal, the group, with very limited resources and few volunteers, made plans for confronting this new challenge: the urgent need to feed the children.

The programme was set up to provide urgent relief to human suffering. Like all solidarity initiatives, it was created by people who cared and who helped, on a voluntary basis, with donations, with rapid action, and with great feeling and passion.

Over time, this emergency initiative became more organised and was given a name, Casa del Niño, and a legal framework. Initiatives were planned and goals were defined. It moved from being one of Emmaus Burzaco’s social projects to being recognised by Emmaus International.

This is how Emmaus Burzaco found its path within this diverse Movement: providing comprehensive support and education for children and adolescents.

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Women’s involvement in decision-making bodies in rural areas
flag Burkina Faso - (Association des femmes de Zabré "Pag-la-Yiri")

Women in Burkina Faso make up the poorest and most vulnerable population group, particularly in rural areas. Cultural and legal obstacles, as well as unequal access to social services and resources limit their contribution to the country’s political and economic life.
Traditional customs and a lack of legal protection for issues such as inheritance and domestic violence further limit women’s opportunities to become independent leaders, whether in their communities or on a national level.
Women elected to positions on a local or national level do not manage to effectively contribute to important causes, in particular the reduction of poverty and local development initiatives. This is due to a lack of support from their respective political parties and a limited capacity of influence.
To sum up, members of women’s organisations, women in political parties or locally-elected women have very little sway, having limited influence in policy formulation and decision making relating to development.
This reality is what has led the Pag-La-Ya association launch initiatives aimed at strengthening women’s participation in decision-making bodies at the local-authority or party-political level.

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Setting up a mobility department.
flag France - (Association Emmaüs Ruffec, Fondateur Abbé Pierre)

In 2007, the Emmaus friends’ committee in Ruffec, France, set up a ‘Solidarity Mob’. Over the past few years, this project has enabled us to acquire some ten scooters and a buggy that doesn’t require the driver to have a licence.

These vehicles are rented to users who are referred by the town’s social services. They enable them to take up a job or training course, and also breaks their isolation.

In 2016, the project was completed when a solidarity driving school was set up so that users with learning, social or financial problems can obtain a driving licence: they learn the rules of the road, take driving lessons with personal support and other arrangements are made for them that would not be possible in a traditional driving school.

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The Solid’Em Bar, A Place of Exchange and Lobbying
flag France - (Emmaüs Communauté Chambéry)

The bar Solid’Em, located in the community’s sales area, was created in June 2011 to raise awareness amongst the general public and to bring in extra funds for the water access and sanitation project at Lake Nokoué in Benin. The community has been committed to the Lake Nokoué project since its launch in 2007.

All profits from the bar were sent to Emmaus International to fund the Lake Nokoué project. The construction phase ended in 2016 but the project continues with the local association of the inhabitants of the lake which manages the infrastructure and raises awareness about hygiene, water management and sanitation.

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Support for the homeless
flag Romania - (Fundatia "Un coup de main d'Emmaüs")

As the poorest country in Europe, the issue of poverty and poor housing is one of many problems that Romanian society has to face. The fall of the dictatorship revealed the scandal of the Romanian orphanages and the fact that, after leaving the orphanages, many children ended up living the street without any help from the government. 25 years later, the situation is changing all too slowly, as revealed in the report by FEANTSA (European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless), which ranked Romania 24th out of 28 in its study on poor housing within the European Union. Those affected by the issue of poor housing often have very restricted access to basic needs such as food, hygiene, security and education.
In response to this situation, several French associations linked to Emmaus began setting up soup kitchens in 1997 in Iasi, a city in the east of the country which is the capital of the poorest region in Romania. Meetings between French and Romanian people who wanted to become involved in helping Iasi’s marginalised population were what laid the foundation for this Emmaus community.

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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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Support for Children and Young Migrant Workers
flag Côte d’Ivoire - (Association Jekawili)

The project supports children and young migrant workers for four specific reasons:

 The number of children and adolescents migrating within and between countries in West Africa is so high because there are so many armed conflicts and other natural catastrophes, particularly in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Burkina Faso.
 The social services are not effective.
 We acknowledge the voluntary nature of children/adolescents migrating to find work.
 To add to the single strategy of intercepting and systematically sending back migrant children/adolescents. We enable them to integrate into society by offering them access to decent jobs in the places they reach.

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100 for 1 in Bocage
flag France - (A.D.B.)

Local associations and parishes in the Bocage region are regularly confronted with emergency situations involving serious material need and sometimes great emotional distress. We urgently need to find new solutions to help the homeless, some of whom are migrants.

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The Los Aguiluchos Emmaus School
flag Peru - (Comunidad Traperos Águilas de Emaús, Piurá)

For more than 10 years the Emmaus Piura school, which has been recognised by Peru’s Ministry of Education, has been welcoming children who don’t have access to the system of education.
We offer schooling for children aged 3-5.
Due to the school’s location in a rural area far from the city centre it has been of great use for the children of the La Campiña village in the district of Catacaos, Piura.

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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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Refugees need you…
flag France - (Association Emmaüs Dunkerque, Fondateur Abbé Pierre)

Since 1999, the Emmaus Grande Synthe/Dunkirk community has been buzzing with passing exiles seeking to reach England. The community offers them meals and equipment (clothes/covers/tents/pots/candles, etc.). “They” were some hundred people living in the “jungle” (‘woods’ in Afghani) near the community. We were able to provide for many of their needs. In July 2014, huge numbers of exiles arrived. We were overwhelmed by requests. We panicked, but then, remembering the 1st February, the 60th anniversary, we appealed to the big Emmaus family, and 60 years later we need the same things.

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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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The Right to Education for All
flag Burundi - (Association de Lutte contre la Délinquance et la Pauvreté A.L.D.P.)

The area where the initiative is led, Kinama, is one of the poorest areas in northern Bujumbura.

There is no modern school infrastructure in Kinama.

There are too many pupils and too little adequate equipment in the area’s public schools. Children from poor families can’t get education so they turn to crime instead. ALDP started this initiative with the goal of reducing these obstacles by bringing in modern infrastructure for education and by providing the appropriate materials to ensure a high level of teaching.

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“Shacks under a Roof"
flag France - (Association Emmaüs Bourg-en-Bresse Servas)

Our group has been working with homeless migrants in Bourg-en-Bresse for several years, providing them with material support and campaigning to ensure that their situation is understood.

A homeless family moved into one of our disused sales areas in October 2015, it hadn’t been used for over a year… we are now officially classified as an “occupied-consenting” landlord as we have not made a complaint about this.

We now have more than 60 people organising their survival on our premises. The site has been given the nickname “the shacks of Brou” as each family has built a shack inside the 2 hangars.

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flag France - (Association communauté Emmaüs du Clermontois Fondateur abbé Pierre)

The Emmaus du Clermontois community is located in a small, rural village, a factor that makes the companions more isolated. Until 2015, the community was only known for being a shop. To breathe fresh life into the community and promote the movement’s values, we decided to open the community to become a place to live, hold discussions and improve our wellbeing together.
There are many organisations in the department, but each works on its own and there isn’t any real coordination between them, meaning that projects are less visible, and their impact is limited. Helping them to meet, get to know each other and join forces will boost our resources and enable us to become better known and understood.
It’s important to raise awareness among the general public (in the broadest sense) about civic values as this enables people to think for themselves and, in turn, to play an active role in society.
This awareness raising takes place through various forums (meetings on topics relevant to society, evenings and cultural excursions, sustainable development projects, etc.).
The objective is to become a key regional stakeholder together with the community and collectives, and thus to have a presence and voice.

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Casa do Saber [The House of Know-How]
flag Brazil - (Movimento Emaús - Amor e Justiça)

Casa do Saber is a space where activities are carried out with children and adolescents from community of Pirambu. All are welcome, assisted and heard, thus helping to reduce the social issues that affect deprived communities. The entire district and people of all ages are invited to participate. The casa offers courses in IT, English, college-prep, in addition to academic support. The children that arrive with learning difficulties learn dance, capoeira and reading activities. The programme of festive events brings cheer to everyone. In this way, the Casa do Saber strengthens and creates bonds, changing the outlook of a district by sharing these stories from the day to day life of the residents. The Casa do Saber opens its doors and embraces the community of Greater Pirambu.

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Reception center Duje
flag Bosnia & Herzegovina - (Međunarodni forum solidarnosti - Emmaus)

Since 1999, aim of the Center was to provide support and accommodation to the refugees from Kosovo. Center was built with support of Emmaus International, and continuously supported it with medical and other equipment. After return of the refugees to third countries, this Center changed the purpose into the accommodation of Bosnian refugees from Macedonia and Turkey. During the period till 2004, refugees came back to their homes or other, and IFS started with implementation of presented initiative. In cooperation with Cantonal Ministry of social work, IFS started to provide assistance to the people who are in a state of health, social, economic needs, as a Reception center Duje. At the moment, in total 424 beneficiaries are accommodated in Center from whole territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Assistance to beneficiaries is provided in Center which has capacity of 450 beds. The Center consists of seven pavilions, rooms are adapted to gender and category of beneficiaries, including water and heating system, a living room, kitchen, dining room and bakery. Center is equipped with modern medical equipment, as well as the reference laboratory and an ambulance. To all beneficiaries, in addition to accommodation, is provided adequate nutrition, clothing, shoes, toiletries, safety and protection, including health and psycho-social support.
Second and tertiary health care services are provided to beneficiaries of RC Duje in cooperation with other health centers (hospitals, clinic centers, spas etc.).
Primary service of Reception Center Duje is to accommodate and assist elderly population without family care in state of health and social need. During the years, the number of different categories of population was increased.
For the last three years, Reception Center Duje is going through the process of reorganization in four centers, in accordance with the prescribed national and international standards and norms, as follow:
- Center for elderly people;
- Center for persons with mental disorders;
- Center for persons with disabilities and
- Center for children and youth.

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Integrating young people facing problems.
flag Romania - (Associatia Frères Europa)

Sadly, since 1989 and the fall of the Ceaușescu regime, Romania has been known for the poor quality of its orphanages and the high number of children living in such establishments. Today, young people who grew up in these orphanages are left to their own devices, without having received any form of schooling or education and having lived in terrible conditions. There a few social structures in place to help them and to facilitate their reintegration into Romanian society. Our association was set up to support young people who grew up in orphanages and who have been left helpless. That said, it rapidly expanded to also help young homeless people, victims of abuse or trafficking, and young people marginalised from society after years of living on the streets. Our community is located in Satu Mare in north-western Romania. We welcome 25 companions aged 18 to 30. When they arrive they are integrated into our community house, the Casa Mara, so that with time they can rebuild themselves and find their place in society.

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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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flag Burkina Faso - (Association Benebnooma)

Radio Palabre is an associative community radio station that was set up by the Benebnooma association on 26 March 1994. It responds to a need for an effective means of communicating the group’s activities in the fields of information, education and raising awareness to its current as well as prospective new members.
Radio Palabre fosters dialogue between all development stakeholders and beneficiaries and acts as a crossroads for ideas and the sharing of experiences, hence its slogan “The big broadcasting Palaver Tree – your local radio”
Acting in line with regulations governing audiovisual media in Burkina Faso, Radio Palabre is an associative digital audio broadcasting station.
Radio Palabre is a community radio and thus plays a specific role in animating the lives of the people of the region and educating them through a range of diverse activities. These activities are organised under a programme schedule and range from education to behavioural change communication, covering general reporting as well as reporting of specific events along the way.

This community radio’s motto is to inform and train people. It operates in the style of an anthill – no task is too great to achieve for its listeners.
Specific objectives
 Producing and broadcasting programmes to inform, educate and raise awareness amongst the general public, particularly rural communities.
 Serve as a communication tool to promote development, and as a local radio, to focus on being participative.
 Have an impact on the local environment by giving a voice to all levels and groups in society.

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flag Spain - (Emaús Fundación Social)

The people of Gipuzkoa have always been diverse and welcoming, as we have seen with the solidarity response from these people in light of the refugee/migrant crisis – aiding these people who are fleeing conflict situations, violence and rights violations which prevented their development in their countries of origin. A cohesive, diverse society is one which is based on principles of interculturality, which pays attentions to the uniqueness of all of the different people in society and which feeds off this diversity. We hope to offer a response to the challenge of supporting and participating in processes for social cohesion by embracing cultural diversity in Gipuzkoa.

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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 for several 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 works making street furniture and in gastronomy.

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flag Italy - (EMMAUS ITALIA)

Welcoming those in need, self-financing, the struggles against the mafia and against poverty. Emmaus Palermo was created to bring together social anti-mafia action and the struggle against poverty into a single vision of sustainable and dignified social and human development, in contrast to the current dominant economic system and the closure of borders.

The economic and social context is one of a wonderful land ruined by a politico-mafioso-Masonic power system that over the years has erased basic rights, such as the right to education, the right to an effective healthcare system and the right to conduct business. In Palermo, the mafia has killed hundreds of honest business owners, journalists, magistrates, policemen, trade unionists, free men and women. After the mafia massacres of 1992, there was a moment of awakening in Palermo’s collective conscience. Today, thanks to the young people who were children in 1992, various new movements have been launched: activism, association building, social enterprise and anti-mafia practices that are demonstrating how the mafia can be fought and eliminated through the simple, responsible behaviour of all citizens on a daily basis. Emmaus Palermo is active above all in the most peripheral contexts and in those that are neglected by the authorities. Palermo and Sicily score highest in many of Europe’s negative rankings (for example the early school-leaving rate, the proportion of young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs), or the alarming data on youth unemployment and on relative and absolute poverty ).
Thousands of poor families in Palermo live off the collection of iron or used material; it was important to make it clear that the establishment of Emmaus in the city would not threaten those who use the second-hand market for informal work. That is why we strive every day to make it clear that our work is not intended to compete with others, but rather to help everybody in need.
Palermo is a symbolic city, the capital of the Mediterranean, rich in history and different cultural traditions. More than any other region of Italy, this city experiences the drama of the migrant arrivals and the difficulties in welcoming thousands of young people who are fleeing war and persecution in Africa. Unfortunately, the Sicilian and Nigerian mafias have made pacts of friendship and collaboration at Ballarò, which means that those who work with migrants have a duty to keep the young people arriving here at a distance from these soliciting networks that control drug trafficking and street prostitution.
Emmaus Palermo was given a building that was confiscated from the mafia in the Vergine Maria neighbourhood. In the past, this neighbourhood was controlled by the Galatolo mafia family (famous for their diplomatic abilities in making ties with politicians and the secret services). The Galatolo also control the Fiera del Mediterraneo exhibition centre, which houses the solidarity-based second-hand market in Pavilion 3. There is great interest in Pavilion 3, which is occupied by Emmaus Palermo, because it is the biggest pavilion in the exhibition centre. Over the course of one year, we have had seven cases of damages, break-ins, clear intimidation, and theft from the market. We are also subject to a daily boycott by the porters at the entrance gate, who do not allow our clients’ vehicles to enter the centre. Despite this, the market still functions and allows us to welcome eight companions.
Unfortunately, Palermo city council would like to use Pavilion 3 for commercial purposes. It is vital for us to remain inside the centre, which is why we are looking for financing in order to rent it and to carry out work to secure it and make it fit for purpose.

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Professional training for young people - Recife
flag Brazil - (Associação dos Trapeiros de Emaús Recife)

“Serve first those who suffer most, serve first those in greatest need”.

It was to respond to this call from Abbé Pierre that the Emmaus group in Recife decided to set up a service for young people on the outskirts of Recife – these young people have no chance of entering the labour market.

The main aim of Emmaus Recife’s vocational training school is to offer young people the chance to learn a profession that can enable them to improve their personal and social living conditions, whilst at the same time becoming aware of their role as a responsible citizen in helping to build a fair and fraternal society.

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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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Rehabilitation through the Carnival in Prisons for Women
flag Uruguay - (Emaús Asociación Civil Nuevo Paris)

14 years ago the companions in the Emmaus Nuevo París community were looking at the story of Abbé Pierre and saw that the first companion and volunteer was George, an ex-prisoner whose desperate situation had led him to the verge of suicide. The founder of our movement could see that this man could help and that helping would help him too, “…by saving others we save ourselves…”

Thus started a project which has become a triumph of Abbé Pierre’s legacy. We were convinced that our project needed to be an energetic social action for a good cause and that it should also include elements of Emmaus’ social and development policy. In Uruguay it was, and still remains, difficult to go into prisons to work with prisoners. Some of the Emmaus groups from France heard about this initiative and decided to help us via a twinning which lasted for a few years. The relationship we built in the prisons was so strong that the community continues to do what we can although the twinning has come to an end and we have few resources at our disposal.

Our goal was to create a Creative Arts workshop which would involve many different disciplines of craftwork and both the theoretical and practical side of art. The goal was to create something beautiful whilst maintaining a social spirit, as is our mandate in a movement such as Emmaus.

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Food Security and Food Sovereignty
flag India - (Kudumbam)

The key food producers are land less agricultural workers, and small farmers. They hardly have two meals a day. Before the advent of Green Revolution in 1960, they had a very diverse food pattern. Now 40% of the population eats rice and 60% eats wheat. These two crops are high water utilising, solar, fertilizer dependent. They are mono crops and are susceptible to pest and diseases. Climate change has resulted in recurring droughts and floods. Resulting in large scale migration of men and youth.
Rice and wheat are carbohydrates. Now food is being poisoned. Today more than 30% of the population is diabetic and 45% of the children are malnourished. There is an increase in infertility, blood pressure, cardiac, cancer, kidney problems in rural areas.

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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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flag India - (Village Community Development Society)

- There is an increase in number of school dropouts in the rural areas. To reduce school dropout ratio.
- To include a participatory and right based education for the rural school children.
- To provide supplementary democratic education on citizenship and leadership.
- To help the children with scientific knowledge.
- To protect and spread the cultural, folk and ethic arts among the children.
- The target population is at the age of 5-15 years

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flag Colombia - (Asociación Comunitaria de Emaús Pereira)

In Columbia, as in the rest of the American continent, both formal and informal education is severely lacking. A good-quality education does not reach the poorest populations or the most marginalised sectors, making people more vulnerable to turning to drug addiction, crime and prostitution as a means to survive. This is why we have started this initiative, providing these people with the opportunity to spend their free time doing something good and healthy, giving them a chance to improve their lives and find work.

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