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.
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.