Emmaus in SwitzerlandEmmaus has had a presence in Switzerland since 1956 and the movement now has 11 member groups in the country. The groups in the country benefit from the support of their national organisation, Emmaus Switzerland, as well as the ARCE (the Romande Association of Emmaus Groups). The Swiss groups live from the fruit of their labours, with the items donated covering the costs of their initiatives. The groups in the country respect the principles of unconditional welcome and financial autonomy.
OriginsFrom an early age, Marcel Farine was actively involved in the political, social and religious spheres. He and his wife Thérèse went to Abbé Pierre’s conference, ‘Poverty judges the world’ in Bern in February 1956. They were moved by his message and two days later they organised a big collection of merchandise in Bern, founding the first Swiss group. Marcel Farine was elected the first chair of Emmaus Switzerland, created in June 1958, and of Emmaus International, in 1971.
- Welcome, providing accommodation, reintegration
- Collecting, reusing, recycling and selling on objects
- Political campaigning
- Local, european and international solidarity initiatives
- Home collection service
- Fixing objects
- Solidarity café
FEDERATION EMMAÜS SUISSE
11 member groups
1-4 tons of merchandise collected per group per day
National delegate for Switzerland
The Challenges in Switzerland
“The main challenge for us in our day-to-day work is to ensure our social mission can coexist alongside the need to bring in funds (the fruits of our labours is the only source of income for the Swiss groups). We thus need to always find the right balance between these two aspects in order to maintain our team spirit”.
©Emmaus International, sole legatee of Abbé Pierre
© Emmaus Fribourg
© Emmaus Jura