“I THINK LIKE YOU, BUT DIFFERENTLY!”

With or without an intellectual disability every person has unique value.

Whatever one’s intelligence,

EVERY PERSON HAS TALENTS TO SHARE WITH OTHERS.


Together, in our communities, integrated in local cultures all over the world, we create ways to live, work and develop networks. In L’Arche, each person participates, helps and receives help. L’Arche is founded on mutual relationships. 

 

Being truly together,

WE CAN BE TRANSFORMED.


We share meals, free time, work, time with friends and neighbors… In this daily life, we can be transformed by one another.

 

The experiences we have together can

CONTRIBUTE TO A BETTER WORLD!


We want to share our experiences, because when we bring our weaknesses and strengths together, when we recognize we need each other, these can contribute to building a more human society.

 

Who is this

WE?


We are the members of L’Arche communities throughout the world. We are diverse. We are persons with or without intellectual disabilities, serving in different roles for our common mission.

Discover our stories Discover our stories

The problem with charity!

Charity is fine—but no way nearly enough! That is the message of Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche, as well as Faith and Light, who celebrates his 90th birthday on September 10th, 2018. September 5th is International Day of Charity.

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Please come to my wedding!

Ally, an assistant in L'Arche Edinburgh, Scotland speaks no Polish; Agata, a lady with Down’s syndrome from L'Arche Sledziejowice, Poland, speaks no English: language barrier? No problem! Difference in intellectual ability? So what! Friendship? You bet!

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A flower of hope!

Strolling in the fresh air… unwinding from the tensions of the day… letting nature’s summer warmth refresh our whole being: some of us are lucky enough to find these simple pleasures in our own garden, or just beyond our front door. Spare a thought for Damascus, Syria.

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