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International Stewardship Board (ISB)

The International Stewardship Board supports the International Leaders to fulfil their mandate, working closely together at the service of L'Arche’s mission, by ensuring the necessary resources, financial accountability and good stewardship L'Arche needs for its well being.

 

Alison Lindsay Cross
Chair of the International Stewardship Board since June 2012

Experience in L'Arche: In 1990, I joined a fundraising committee for L'Arche Cork, Ireland, then Local Committee as member and then Chair, National Committee as member and then Chair. Later, I became the Chair of the Zone of Northern Europe. For the last few years, I have been on the International Structures Committee and also on the Board of the local committee in Dublin.

Professional experiences: I am a lawyer by profession, and currently judge of the Circuit Court practising in Dublin.

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Viviane le Polain 
Member-at-large and Vice-Chair of the International Stewardship Board, since June 2012

Experience in L’Arche: member of the International Board, October 2008- June 2012

Professional Experience: Teacher of Religion, Ethics and Philosophy at a Nursing School in Belgium. International Coordinator of Faith and Light, 2002-06

 

 


Jacques Jaubert 
Member-at-large and treasurer of the International Stewardship Board, since March 2014

Experience in L’Arche: I became familiar with l' Arche in Lyon through Anne. In 1998 Anne started there to do voluntary work, became workshop manager for 2 years , then managed the Community in Lyon for one year . L'arche became very present at home ! In 2013, back to France, Anne entered the CA of l'Arche Montpellier. I am very happy to put my international and business experience at the service of l' Arche mission and values.

Professional Experience outside L'Arche: 62 years old, married to Anne, father of 5 and soon grandfather of 5, I recently ended my business career spent mostly in the automotive business in France and abroad . Although a Physics and Chemistry engineer by education,  I held mostly  manufacturing, commercial, stategy and general management positions.
As we to spent 2 years in La Réunion (1975-77), 8 in the USA (1989-97) and 2,5 in China (2010-13) the family became quite international.


Andrew Kennedy
Member-at-large and the Secretary of the International Stewardship Board since June 2017

 

 

 

 


Natalia Bordun
Member-at-large of the International Stewardship Board since June 2017

 

 

 

 


Habib Cachecho
Member-at-large of the International Stewardship Board since June 2017

 

 

 

 


Sylvain Brabant
Member-at-Large of the International Stewardship Board since June 2017


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Powerfully touched by the differences

 

 

“Here I am in a culture far removed from my own,” says James Schreiner about his time supporting in Asha Niketan (as L'Arche is called in India) Chennai, India, “and yet a smile is the same the world over: I love seeing Franci Akka smile. When I am with her, I often think of Linda from L’Arche Erie and the gifts they share. She brings joy to us all.”

 

 

But James has been powerfully touched by the differences as well: “Sometimes it makes me cry, knowing that some members of L’Arche in India were once living on the streets. Najim, for example: The police found him on the streets and brought him to Asha Niketan. Asha Niketan has given back his dignity. Now Najim welcomes many to his home. He works in the garden during the day and is often near the main gate to open it whenever someone arrives. Throughout the day, Najim often shakes people’s hands, looks into their eyes, and grins as if to say, ‘I am grateful you are here.’”

The whole experience is clearly a broadening one, on many levels: “Here in India, spirituality is really woven into daily life; for instance we pray together before breakfast and dinner; I am used to going to mass, but here I have been with Najim to visit the mosque, and with other community members to Hindu temples. This is new for me.”

 

 

One thing that isn’t new, of course, is the feeling of mutuality, which is built into the relationships. But here again, there is something to learn: “I have come to appreciate how mutuality can be experienced, even though we speak different languages, I am grateful for the gift of true two-way tenderness we share each day.” (Speaking of languages, James soon found himself giving English lessons, at the request of community members.)

 

 

James used to be an assistant in Washington, DC community, USA. With 5 years’ experience there, he came to Chennai in response to an invitation from Rajeevan, National Leader of Asha Niketan India. He met Rajeevan while on a 3-month Solidarity exchange at Asha Niketan Asansol, India. He seized the opportunity with both hands, starting in November 2016. His experience has made him keen to encourage others to follow in his footsteps: “it is so uplifting to know L'Arche International hopes to welcome more assistants and volunteers to embrace solidarity experiences. I am beyond grateful, and more than happy to support these efforts in any way I can.” 

Testimonial by James Schreiner

 

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Powerfully touched by the differences

“Here I am in a culture far removed from my own,” says James Schreiner about his time supporting in Asha Niketan(as L'Arche is called in India) Chennai, India, “and yet a smile is the same the world over: I love seeing Franci Akka smile. When I am with her, I often think of Linda from L’Arche Erie and the gifts they share. She brings joy to us all.”

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Rebuilding hope in Haiti

Rebuilding hope in Haiti

Hurricane Matthew, with its powerful winds (240km/hour) and rain, has left in its wake a scene of devastation in the far south (le Grand Sud) of Haiti, the region where the community of L'Arche Chantal is situated. The mayor of Chantal reported 90 deaths in its only district. The place is cut off behind a swollen river, and vehicles cannot get through. The area, normally lush green, is now unrecognizable, people are helpless, and aid has not yet arrived...

In the midst of all this, we send some news about the members of L'Arche. As day broke, they began to clear away the fallen debris, trees, branches, sheets of corrugated iron... drying out anything recoverable. The roofs of the two homes were ripped off, and rainwater soaked the furniture; the workshops and schools have suffered extensive damage. The members of both homes are alive but still in shock. At night, they gather in one room that remained protected from the rain. Their exhaustion is tangible.

Members of the Board and of the community of Carrefour, the other L'Arche community in Haiti, have been able to reach them from Port-au-Prince, with food provisions, drinking water, canvas tents and equipment. Assistants from Carrefour are going to stay in Chantal in the coming weeks, giving practical and moral support.

In the coming period, it will be necessary to continue to clean and repair what is possible. And also to organize the daily life, improvising activities for the “friends” (people with a disability). It will be also necessary to provide supplies to the community on a long term basis. But the members of L'Arche Chantal and the Board of Directors also realise how vital it is to direct the attention of rescuers and aid workers more widely across the whole area of Chantal, truly in ruins.

How to be in solidarity?

Donate directly to L’Arche International Foundation via our Paypal account

 


As the Foundation was created under Swiss law, only residents of Switzerland will be able to claim tax deductions.

Or benefit from the tax deductions of your own country by contacting our national foundations:

L'Arche Canada Foundation

L'Arche France Foundation

L'Arche UK Foundation 

L'Arche USA Foundation


Financial Aid to rebuild L’Arche Chantal, Haiti

Financial Aid to rebuild L’Arche Chantal, Haiti

Hurricane Matthew left behind significant damage in L'Arche Chantal, Haiti. Stan, the L’Arche International Envoy and François from the community of Lyon, France, are in Haiti now, and are assessing the damage along with the people there.

Thanks be to God, everyone is well. The workshop is completely destroyed. The roofs of the houses are being repaired. Food is available. Interim facilities have provided shelter.  François will remain there for some time to lend a hand.

Thanks to each of you who provided support, which has helped us face the emergency. To date, 15,000 Euros have been collected. We estimate the emergency budget to 35,000 Euros. Your help is welcome.

We also know that the community will, soon, need to consider rebuilding or perhaps even moving.  As we consider this, a reconstruction budget is being prepared. The people of L'Arche Chantal are still in shock, and they are also living a sort of repetition syndrome, as this disaster has come only 6 years after the earthquake of 2010 which seriously affected the other community in Haiti, L'Arche Carrefour.

Thank you for your prayers and support.

 

How to be in solidarity?

Donate directly to L’Arche International Foundation via our Paypal account. 
Please specify that it is for L'Arche Chantal, Haiti.

 


As the Foundation was created under Swiss law, only residents of Switzerland will be able to claim tax deductions.

Or benefit from the tax deductions of your own country by contacting our national foundations:
Please specify that it is for L'Arche Chantal, Haiti. Thank you!

L'Arche Canada Foundation

L'Arche France Foundation

L'Arche UK 

L'Arche USA


L'Arche Chantal, Haiti, is still in a state of shock

L'Arche Chantal, Haiti, is still in a state of shock

The community is sorting out the most urgent needs, but will require help to rebuild. 

The second house has at last re-opened, following makeshift repairs to the roofs. Before we can think about re-constructing the workshop, there is a mountain of debris to clear up, although we have already erected an outdoor shelter. The community needs your support to gradually get back on its feet, given that their own daily routine has been thrown into chaos, and also the major challenges facing the whole area. 

The emergency repairs are going ahead fairly quickly, with the re-roofing of the two homes, allowing their members to move back in. But last week, heavy rains brought floods to the region, meaning that community members found themselves again wading through water – the repairs to the roofs not being waterproof ... sheets of corrugated iron have become a highly sought after commodity in the region. Severe damage in the workshops will render them unusable for a long time to come. Right now, it’s a mass of metal sheets, wood and branches... 

The daily routine has been thoroughly messed up, but the community is gradually putting a basic structure in place. Last week, L’Arche Carrefour sent some members to build an outdoor shelter made of vegetation, so that some daytime activities could resume, such as the making of mamba (peanut butter).

The community will receive regular supplies from Port-au-Prince, since Chantal no longer has any crops, and the prices at Les Cayes market have shot up, and not just for drinking water, either. It is still impossible to cross the river in a normal vehicle, so when the Carrefour bus reaches the riverbank, we get off, walk over on the rickety bridge, and then are picked up again by the Chantal bus on the other side...

Marie-Lourdes, the director, is in good spirits. The challenge for the assistants is that in many cases, their own homes have been affected. Fanfan, the house leader, is still recovering following his accident. Georges and Antoine, two friends with a disability, have been brought to Carrefour. Others will join them later. François Becker is remaining at Chantal, with the role of helping re-establish a regular routine, and introduce activities... The Board of Directors of L’Arche Haiti is close at hand, organizing the support and considering the questions around the reconstruction and relocation of the community.

How to help?

The community has been very grateful for the people who have come to help, and for the prayers and financial support of friends around the world.  To date, close to 20,000€ has come in financial support. The need in the short term remains significant, estimated at 35,000 Euros. We also know that the community will, soon, need to consider rebuilding or perhaps even moving. As we consider this, a reconstruction budget is being prepared. The people of L'Arche Chantal are still in shock, and they are also living a sort of repetition syndrome, as this disaster has come only 6 years after the earthquake of 2010 which seriously affected the other community in Haiti, L'Arche Carrefour. Thank you for your continued support!

Donate directly to L’Arche International Foundation via our Paypal account. 
Please specify that it is for L'Arche Chantal, Haiti.

 

   


As the Foundation was created under Swiss law, only residents of Switzerland will be able to claim tax deductions.

Or benefit from the tax deductions of your own country by contacting our national foundations:
Please specify that it is for L'Arche Chantal, Haiti. Thank you!

L'Arche Canada Foundation

L'Arche France Foundation

L'Arche UK 

L'Arche USA


#AsIAm – Beyond the Wall

#AsIAm – Beyond the Wall

When wars break out, many heroes go unnoticed. On International Day of People with Disability, L’Arche celebrates these unnoticed heroes everywhere, of every ability. 

In this episode, we share the story of Colonel N'Da from L’Arche Ivory Coast and his decision to break down the walls that divide us.

Imagine the world differently.

 


Leave no-one behind!

Leave no-one behind!

That is the message of the International Day for People with Disabilities (IDPD), celebrated on 3rd December, 2016. “But this is more than just a message, and L'Arche welcomes that wholeheartedly,” says Mr. Louis Pilote, Director of Communication at L'Arche International. “This year, the UN has anchored the IDPD in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to achieve by 2030.” These SDGs goals build on the Millennium Development Goals which ran from 2000-2015. The MDGs brought some progress, but made an astonishing, and even scandalous, omission: people with a disability. They were not mentioned, in other words, just left behind. 

This time round, that serious mistake has now been corrected. “This time no-one is going to be left behind; it is simply a question of human rights, as the UN now recognises,” affirms Mr. Pilote “This is very good news for anyone with a disability, especially anyone living in a developing country. L'Arche looks forward to bringing new hope, notably in the areas of health, housing, education, and work. From over 50 years’ experience right across the world, we know that anyone with an intellectual disability is part and parcel of their country’s human resources; each is able, with support and encouragement to help in its development. Wherever we can help a person with intellectual disability to make a difference, L'Arche is committed to working in partnership with governments and support organisations to that end. People with a disability are at the heart of development. This is what it means to be inclusive.” 

“Leaving no one behind: the imperative of inclusive development” – Report on the World Social Situation 2016. Read here http://bit.ly/2gJ2mjp


Another natural disaster affects a community, this time in India

Another natural disaster affects a community, this time in India

 

As a result of Cyclone Vardah hitting the East Coast of India on December 12th, severe floods have once again overwhelmed the city of Chennai, in India. Last year was bad enough, but this year, the damage looks even worse. Our community Asha Niketan Chennai has been seriously affected. 

Rajeevan, the national leader of L’Arche India, has sent on December 14th the following information:

“The second house has been evacuated due to the flood, and people are being accommodated in the main building. Four big trees have been uprooted, affecting both houses. These trees need cutting up and clearing. The collapsed compound wall needs reconstructing immediately as it provides some security, and also blocks the garbage and dirty water flowing down from the neighbouring areas. This wall is just behind our prayer room. Right now, there is no electricity nor fresh water for drinking or cooking with, let alone for washing. So we are having to buy water, which costs a fair bit in this situation. For health reasons, we need to do some cleaning around the living area, if possible with the help of the Health Department.”

How to help?

L'Arche International has set up a special fund, with the aim of raising 15,000 Euros. If you can support Asha Niketan Chennai by contributing to this fund, you can donate as follows:

Donate directly to L’Arche International Foundation via our Paypal account. 
Please specify that it is for L'Arche India or Asha Niketan Chennai.

 

   


As the Foundation was created under Swiss law, only residents of Switzerland will be able to claim tax deductions.

Or benefit from the tax deductions of your own country by contacting our national foundations:
Please specify that it is for L'Arche India or Asha Niketan Chennai. Thank you!

L'Arche Canada Foundation

L'Arche France Foundation

L'Arche UK 

L'Arche USA


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