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Speaking of Our Origins #2: Interview with Efraín Olivera Lerena, from Uruguay, on the Emmaus International movement

On 24th May 1969, the first World Assembly of Emmaus groups took place at the Federal Parliament in Bern, Switzerland. This was a founding event for Emmaus International, with the adoption of the Universal Manifesto. Exactly 50 years later, over 180 representatives of Emmaus International from 4 continents met at the same location, including the "veterans" of Emmaus International who have been part of the movement since the very first World Assembly. In our series “Speaking of Our Origins”, we will hear from key figures and custodians of the memory of our movement who, based on their own experiences, tell us about the early days and the development of Emmaus International.

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Emmaüs Solidarité Ouaga – A professional training centre to address the lack of education and training in Burkina Faso


To mark the International Day of Education on 24th January, Emmanuel Sciambo, leader of the group Emmaüs Solidarité Ouaga in Burkina Faso, spoke to us about the work his group has been doing over the years to provide an education for vulnerable children who are very often deprived of access to schooling. He explained how the structural adjustment programme followed by the State has led to its withdrawal from its role in supporting education at all levels (primary, secondary and higher), and the disastrous consequences of this, particularly for the most disadvantaged groups in society.
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Abbé Pierre’s editorial - Faim & Soif 15, October 1956

During a Christmas special edition of the review Faim & Soif, Abbé Pierre reminds us in strong terms, one year after his resounding appeal in Winter 1954, of the importance of fighting against poverty and helping the most vulnerable, with special emphasis on not losing the energy of our initial ‘uprising’. He also talks about consolidating the Emmaus movement and the emerging links with organisations in other countries, such as Canada, Argentina, Peru, Japan, Denmark, India and a number of countries in Africa, at a time when the struggles led by the Emmaus movement started to resound internationally.

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International Day of Education: education is a fundamental right, public policies must make it effective!


Six years ago, states adopted the sustainable development goals, thereby committing to ensuring access to quality education for all and to promoting life-long learning opportunities. Today, it is clear that this commitment is far from being honoured and that, due to the pandemic, we will have to double our efforts to make it a reality.
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Situation in Brazil : interview with Luis Tenderini, Emmaus International Board Member for the Americas region


On the occasion of the publication of the 2nd version of the Warning Barometer on the situation of human rights in Brazil, Luis Tenderini, Emmaus International Board Member for the Americas region, shares some words about the situation in Brazil.
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