Pag-la-Yiri association

Women’s involvement in decision-making bodies in rural areas.
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Right to dignified livelihood.
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An Emmaus indoor football team
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Emmaus Recycling Café
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Initiatives from this group

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

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

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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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