Emmaus Europe


Emmaus in Belgium

Emmaus has had a presence in Belgium since 1957 and the movement now has three member groups in the country. The three groups are “classic” Emmaus communities which offer welcome and do the work of collecting, sorting, fixing and selling on objects at a low price.


In Vivegnis, in the suburbs of Liège, William Wauters and his friends began taking action in 1949 to bring relief to the poor in the post-war period. They renovated slums and distributed coal, supplies and clothing. That’s how the future Emmaus Brasier community first got off the ground. In 1960, the Belgian economy recovered and the population’s day-to-day situation improved. The community then focused on providing aid to "Third World” countries and set up “Group Earth” – income-generating projects helping to lastingly improve the living conditions of local populations. The Emmaus Brussels community was set up in 1957. Following the death of the community’s leader and at the request of Abbé Pierre, the Poudrière community became a member of Emmaus again at the end of the 1970s.

Main Activities

  • Welcome, providing accommodation, reintegration
  • Collecting, reusing, recycling and selling on objects
  • Political campaigning and awareness raising
  • Local, european and international solidarity initiatives

Secondary Activities

  • Farming

Key numbers

3 member groups

80 companions

4 sales areas

3 Local groups
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