EMMAÜS INTERNATIONAL

IT IS POSSIBLE TO ‘CHANGE THE WORLD’, SO LONG AS WE ALL WORK TOGETHER

General

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Organization Name
EMMAÜS INTERNATIONAL
Brand
EMMAÜS
Tagline
IT IS POSSIBLE TO ‘CHANGE THE WORLD’, SO LONG AS WE ALL WORK TOGETHER
English-Language Website URL
Type of organization
association, network,
Year Founded
1949
Lead Photo For Profile
HQ Location: City, Country
MONTREUIL, FRANCE
HQ Physical address
47 avenue de la résistance
93104 Montreuil Cedex
HQ Mailing Address
47 avenue de la résistance
93104 Montreuil Cedex
Primary Contact and General Inquiries
47 avenue de la Résistance
93104 MONTREUIL CEDEX - FRANCE
Tel: +33 (0)1 41 58 25 50
Fax: +33 (0)1 48 18 79 88
contact@emmaus-international.org
History

The Emmaus movement began in France in 1949 when the first communities were set up. In the middle of a housing crisis, the first companions built accommodation to re-house numerous families. When the authorities failed to take action, Abbé Pierre made an appeal on 1 February 1954, which had a substantial impact in France and beyond.

From 1954 onwards, Abbé Pierre travelled the world, became involved in the global fight against poverty and told others of his experiences with Emmaus. Emmaus organisations were formed in several countries.
When he almost died in a shipwreck off the coast of Uruguay in 1963, Abbé Pierre realised how urgent it was to organise the movement. The Emmaus organisations from around the globe met for the first time in 1969 in Berne, Switzerland and Emmaus International was then set up in 1971.

These “world assemblies” gradually forged the movement’s identity and, from the end of the 80s, gave rise to common action and campaigns.

Activity

Country (or countries) where active
BURKINA FASO, URUGUAY, INDIA