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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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 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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