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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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 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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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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