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Our Progress

Through 2015-16

From our beginnings, we have been changing the way the world thinks about intellectual disability. In doing so, we have  realised our own need to change continually, so that our structures can best serve those most in need, especially in economically poorer countries. Over the last few years, we have totally re-structured the way L'Arche International operates, in order to be more responsive to the needs of our 30 communities in these countries.

In 2015, L'Arche has invested 181 k € to develop leadership, competence and sustainability, mainly in economically fragile countries.

149 communities
in 37 countries
with 14 other projects in the pipeline
5,000 members with a disability







L’Arche keeps crossing boundaries

New project in Sorocaba, Brazil &
Prefoundation group in Mar de Plata, Argentina 

Intellectual disability cuts across all cultures, classes, countries and religions. L'Arche too keeps crossing boundaries. We are driven by the one constant: the unique potential of each person with an intellectual disability to transform their society and the power of relationship as the catalyst of change. Taking L'Arche's message out to where it is most needed, has recently resulted in a new project in Sorocaba, Brazil, and a pre-foundation group in Mar de Plata, Argentina: wherever L'Arche goes, we work with local people to find local solutions.

L'Arche starts from a person's basic human needs.

And we do it in some of the worlds toughest environments.

L'Arche has chosen to work in some of the world's toughest environments, where conflict and natural disaster are frequent visitors. According to the UN, these environments endanger the life and wellbeing of a person with a disability far more than any other citizen, particularly where the person has no family support. Today, L'Arche has long experience of equipping some of the most vulnerable people on the planet with the skills and confidence they need, empowering them to take their place as valued members of their society, And it all starts from a person's basic human needs.

Solidarity: it means that what happens to us, matters to you.

L'Arche Mymensingh

L'Arche answers the question of Rohim, and many, many like him: “why is there no place for me?”

For Rohim, aged 9, “home” was a street of his town, Mymensingh in Bangladesh – a dangerous place for anyone, let alone anyone with an intellectual disability. His daily search was for food warmth and shelter, his only companion the question: “Why is there no place for me? Does anyone care about me?”  For Rohim the story has a happy ending. He was found and brought to the L'Arche community. Finally, friendly hands. A smile. Warmth. Love. A future.

L’Arche Asha Niketan

Chennai under water met by a flood of solidarity 

In Chennai last year, exceptional floods affected almost the entire city of 4.8 million people,bringing down transport and communication, links, disrupting food and power supplies. Asha Niketan (L'Arche) was badly affected, bringing the closure of the second home, as well as the workshops and day programme. Afterwards, Rajeevan, the leader of L'Arche in India, said: "in the midst of this crisis, one cannot put a value on the prayers and solidarity we felt coming from our brothers and sisters in L'Arche across the world.

My work brings us together.

L’Arche Harare

A little help goes a long way

Work brings new skills, new relationships, and above all, dignity. Farai, a disabled member of L'Arche Harare, Zimbabwe, takes great pride in his important job: he will be the man welcoming you as a new customer, loading a sack of flour into your car; closing the gates again when the work is done; and sweeping up the mill house floor so that nothing is wasted. And Farai, in his work, is an ambassador not just for L'Arche, but more importantly for all Zimbabweans with an intellectual disability: simply by doing his job well, he helps to transform his fellow-countrymen's view of disability.

L'Arche Haiti

Share Fabienne's hope

The Haiti earthquake of January 2010 brought fear and chaos to the members of L'Arche Port au Prince, along with three million others. But not even an earthquake can destroy the human capacity for compassion, creativity and sheer determination. The community, now in the process of re-founding, has much to teach about the resilience of hope: exactly the same hope that Fabienne, a young disabled girl recently welcomed to L'Arche, is now enjoying.