Looking Out For Those Less Fortunate
From the earliest days of the Emmaus Movement its charismatic founder, Abbé Pierre, instilled an ethos of Solidarity into the life of each Community. He insisted that Emmaus Companions should always be on the lookout for others less fortunate than themselves with a view to offering them help, either financially or in kind. It is a powerful strand of Companions’ community living and it can take many forms.
Helping in Hampshire
For the first few years of Emmaus Hampshire’s life Solidarity initiatives have been concentrated locally. Examples include gifting essential furniture to individuals being moved into unfurnished accommodation; using our vans to help with moving and providing modest financial help. On one occasion a distressed elderly lady was provided with a mobility scooter after hers had been stolen.
Currently some of our companions volunteer their time with Age UK - Winchester and Naomi House - Sutton Scotney.
More recently we have widened our activities internationally.
1. Paris Salon.
For the second year running we were part of the Emmaus UK presence at the Paris Salon in June. Believe it or not, teapots are much coveted by the French and fly off the stall during the hectic Saturday of trading. Over 200 were sold at thsi years Salon.
2. Madagascar, Pakistan and Kenya.
Further afield we have helped stock a container of donated goods bound for an Emmaus community in Madagascar.
We are now sponsoring 6 year old Zhora in Pakistan and 8 year old Benson on Kenya. We will fund their education, healthcare, housing and sanitation.
And if that wasn't enough, we are twinned with an outside commuinity toilet in Burundi.....
3. ShelterBox - Our current project.
Every year hundreds and thousands of communities across the world lose their homes, their possessions and their livelihoods when disaster hits.
Shelter Box provides emergency shelter and vital supplies to support communities around the world overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis.
You too can get involved and help us at Emmaus Hampshire by either purchasing some of our selected furniture, of which 100% goes towards our appeal, or simply by donating via our customer services department.
Here’s how your donation could help:
£55 warmth and protection - Thermal blankets and groundsheets help people stay warm once they have lost their homes.
£230 shelter for a family – A Shelter Box disaster relief tent is custom made and is designed to withstand extreme temperatures, high winds and heavy rainfall.
£590 a new start - A complete Shelter Box will provide a family with the shelter and other vital equipment they need to rebuild their lives after a disaster or humanitarian crisis.