Emmaus International


P.O. Box 1306
South Africa

+27 76 130 37 37 or +27 60 372 72 32
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The group was set up by Father Louis Blondel, who was murdered in 2009 during an attempted robbery at his church, situated in a township. CORDIS is located near Orange Farm, 40 kilometres from Johannesburg. It is a poor township in which unemployment is rife.

The group’s main activity is brick-making, which gives employment to twenty people. CORDIS also collects items such as clothing, furniture, household appliances and construction materials in Johannesburg and sells them at low prices to the people of Orange Farm.

The group also rents out affordable housing.

Key figures


  • up to 2000 bricks made per day
areas of activity


  • handicraft/fair trade
  • recycling
  • housing




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