L'HISTOIRE DE L'ARCHE

L'histoire de L'Arche a commencé il y a plus de 50 ans dans le village de Trosly-Breuil, dans le nord de la France, en réponse aux conditions inhumaines des grandes institutions où étaient placées les personnes en situation de handicap mental. Aujourd'hui, L'Arche est présente dans plus de 38 pays à travers le monde.

 

 

1964

A RESPONSE TO A NEED

In August, Jean Vanier, Phillipe Seux and Raphael Simi move into the first L’Arche house in Trosly, France. A third man with an intellectual disability, moves in, but does not stay.

1969

L’ARCHE CROSSES THE ATLANTIC

L’Arche’s second community, L'Arche Daybreak, opens on Richmond Hill, Canada, in response to the need for communities of belonging.

 

1970

The interfaith reality

The new community in Bangalore, India welcomes Hindus and Christians: faith diversity is now built into L’Arche.

1971

Responding to families in need

Faith and Light is founded to support families with children with intellectual disabilities.

1972

Naming the vision of L’Arche

At the first Federation Meeting, Ambleteuse, France, the group writes the first Charter, setting out the vision of L’Arche and established an International Council, to support the foundation of new communities.

1973

A new way of working

Second Federation Meeting, in 3 locations: Little Ewell, (UK) and Trosly and Ourscamp, (France).

1974

Addressing church division

First ecumenical community is founded in Canterbury, UK.

 

1975

Building a long term structure

At the third International Federation Meeting, in Canada, Sue Mosteller is appointed International Coordinator of L'Arche.

1981

Founding in secret

L'Arche founds a community secretly behind the Iron Curtain, in Sledziejowice, Poland.

 

 

1989

New needs, new communities

By 1989, there are new communities, in Brazil, Dominican RepublicGermanyPolandItaly
PhilippinesSpainSwitzerland, and on the West Bank (Palestine).

1992

An international milestone

United Nations establishes December 3rd as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

1999

Planning for the future

L'Arche International is legally incorporated in France.

2006

Rights, not charity

United Nations signs Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

2008

A united voice for change

Federation of L'Arche unites around joint Identity and Mission statements.

Read the statement here

 


A new model

First community built around Daytime projects and no residential service is welcomed in Lviv, Ukraine

 

 

2014

L’Arche célèbre son 50e anniversaire.

Des manifestations sont organisées dans toute la Fédération. 

 

 

Jean-Pierre Crepieux reçoit la Légion d’honneur

À l’occasion des 50 ans de L’Arche, Jean-Pierre Crepieux reçoit la Légion d’honneur des mains du Président de la République française, François Hollande. Il est la première personne avec un handicap mental à recevoir cette distinction pour avoir été l’un des cofondateurs de L’Arche en 1964.

2015

Campaigning together

L'Arche is granted Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC, United Nations.

 

2017

Celebration of diversity

Over 500 delegates from around the world with and without disabilities meet in Belfast for the International Federation Assembly.

2019

In mourning

Death of Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche

2020

Inquiry findings

An External Inquiry commissioned by L’Arche International reveals that Jean Vanier sexually abused 6 women without intellectual disabilities, in the context of pastoral support.

 


Covid 19 Pandemic

 

2020

Pursuing our vision

154 communities and 19 projects in 38 countries, people with and without disabilities working together for a more human society.