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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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.
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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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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 - (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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