Federatie Emmaus Nederland – Eikstraat 10 – NL-3455 SJ Haarzuilens
Jos van der Meer (Emmaus Haarzuilens)
+31 (0) 30 677 15 40
Member organisations: 16
Trial members: 1
In 1955, Jean Wilken, a young Dutch nurse, was a volunteer at the Emmaus Neuilly-Plaisance communi-ty. There, he looked after guests at the international youth hostel and meeting place. A Dutch newspaper published an interview with him. On his return to the Netherlands, a reader invited him to tell of his experiences in a parish in Eindhoven. The following Sunday, the priest spoke of him in a ser-mon, and a collection box went round at the end of the service for Emmaus’s work; the amount raised surpassed all expectations. Other churches followed suit, and the organisation of Emmaus Friends was set up in September 1956. People donated clothes, which the organisation sorted through and sent off for initiatives in the third world. In 1958, they launched the magazine Faim & Soif in Dutch. The first Emmaus community in the Netherlands opened its doors in 1966 in Haarzuilens, near Utrecht.