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World Health Day - spotlight on Emmaus International’s mutual health organisations

In places where health protection systems exist, the Emmaus movement campaigns for universal access; in places where public policies are lacking or unequal profit-making private systems are rife, Emmaus creates community-based social protection systems managed by individuals.

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The origins of Emmaus (1975)

During a speech he gave at Emmaus Laterina in Italy on 26 October 1975, Abbé Pierre reminded us of the importance of the communities in the foundation of Emmaus: the wealth brought by the diversity of companions and their opinions, the political impact that communities can have on issues such as housing and the importance of being vigilant in order to maintain balance within the communities. Being careful not to strive to perfect community life and its way of working, so that the least skilled and the least stable can always find their place. Being careful not to transform the communities into businesses and to make sure the work is adapted to the people, and not the other way round.

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Housing for all: the struggle continues!

Emmaus International has always been involved in fighting for the right and access to decent housing and it continues to pursue the fight led by Abbé Pierre by supporting a number of housing projects run by Emmaus groups around the world. In response to the call for action on 27 and 28 March launched by a European coalition on the right to housing and to the city, we present an initiative carried out by the Emmaus group Satu Mare in Romania which promotes access to housing for disadvantaged young people.

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World Water Day: “Water for life, not for profit!”

At a time when access to water for all and its sustainable management remain major challenges around the world, Emmaus International is marking World Water Day by raising the alarm about attempts to commodify this vital asset and by presenting an overview of the alternatives put in place by four Emmaus groups to reclaim the human right to water.

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Poetry: Abbé Pierre’s hidden talent

Today as we celebrate World Poetry Day, it is the perfect time to discover some of Abbé Pierre’s writings that not everybody knows about. From adolescence to adulthood, Abbé Pierre never ceased to write poetry to express his outrage at injustice and his wonder at the beauty of nature.

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