The Strasbourg Regional Assembly in August 2007 asked the members of the Regional Council of Emmaus Europe to plan the priority work areas for the Europe Region for the period until the next meeting of all the groups in October 2009 in Brussels.
One of the priorities set by Emmaus Europe’s policy-making body was to improve the organisation’s communications, specifically by developing a website.
During 2008, the development of an Emmaus Europe website was the subject of many discussions in the Regional Council.
Today, this communications tool has become a reality: the site aims to improve communication between the groups and Emmaus Europe but also between the groups themselves.
In order to present this new tool, we have collected the opinions of members of Emmaus Europe, who have explained to us why they think having a website is important.
- Thierry Muniglia, leader of the Neuilly sur Marne Community in the Paris Region and a member of the World Council on Training and New Generations
“If someone asked for a one word answer as to whether an Emmaus Europe website was important, I would say yes without any hesitation.
However, I will explain the reasons for that “yes”.
Firstly, Emmaus Europe is a young organisation and is the culmination of a story that is not well known by all the stakeholders in the movement. These stakeholders have a vague and even distorted vision of the mission and objectives of Emmaus Europe.
The website will therefore be a concrete way of legitimising its work and giving everyone the same answers. I would even go as far as saying that it will be the bedrock of Emmaus Europe, the departure point for this emerging organisation.
Then there are also the organisation’s political initiatives which should be publicised both within the movement and to the general public. We have often discussed how to publicise them more widely.
The website is an excellent communications tool for this purpose and undoubtedly a way of bringing together more people (individuals, organisations and politicians) via petitions and demonstrations.”
- Birgitta Goranson Iliste, Emmaus Sweden, Councillor of Emmaus International for the Europe Region and vice-president of Emmaus International
“When I was new to the Emmaus Movement we used to get a simple cyclo-styled newsletter every other month. We threw ourselves over it! Just a few lines from groups around the world. Just small news-items. Just about their everyday struggle and how they had solved problems. A true sharing of experiences. I miss it!
And I think we need such links, such sharing. Today nobody uses cyclo-styled newsletters. We use the internet.
We do need a common web-page in Emmaus Europe. I do need to throw myself over it and get better to know how all the rest of us live our everyday lives, struggle and solve problems. Without that knowledge, how can I talk on behalf of the Movement?”
- Olesia Sanocka, leader of the Oselya group in Ukraine (trial group since March 2008).
About Emmaus Europe site, our community considers that it is absolutely necessary decision.
For example, Oselya is the only organization in Lviv, even in Ukraine, always keeping the closest contacts with Polish groups.
Sharing experience, mutual visits, any kind of support are very important for the good and quality activity.
For us, Emmaus Movement is a source of good examples and inspiration. Good friends among partners are always the best support.
Any kind of communication allows keeping the activity open and leads to the integration”.