Every day, 25,000 people die of starvation in the world – one child starves
to death every 4 seconds !
In the face of such an appalling situation, we have decided – at our modest level - to help the most underprivileged children in developing countries.
This is a duty we all feel committed to, and which allows us to claim that starvation a round the world is not a fatality!
Enfants d’ailleurs – Children from elsewhere - is an independent, non-governmental, non religious association.
It was founded in April 2001 by Chantal and Jean-Louis Sigaud.
Enfants d’ailleurs sets up individual patronages so that a small group
of children among the poorest in Ethiopia and in Brazil can be fed, sent
to school and can get medical care.
The children and their single-parent family are monitored and supported by local volunteers.
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“Humanitarianism” is a word in vogue, and a big cheer for that fashion which must be perpetuated – while understanding it has nothing extraordinary since, beyond memberships or communities, we are the same branches of the same tree.
That word is rooted in “humus”, “humane”, “humility”, in short all that resembles the humanity.
The other one, that of township, favela or neighbourhood, is close, not only geographically in this airbus era but also emotionally and simply humanely.
In that word flows a perennial richness, which it can make us share, in another way…
The peculiarity of humanitarian aid is indeed to gather and connect people together as in a country bunch of delicate flowers – federating hearts and wills, acts of bravery and assistance from next door to the borders of the inhabited earth.
“Doing humanitarian work” may sometimes prove to be double-edged, by lack of discernment, firmness or transparency and by abuse of power, in the pernicious forms of some deviations –misuse or wasting of money, and in that case the expression “non-profit-making” is a false label, or unfinished projects which don’t come to destination and go astray.
“Being humanitarian” seems more engaged and respectful towards disadvantaged people, who have a name, an identity, a village, a culture.
Humanitarian, scientific, medical, economic concerns bring hope and well-being each day: mutual aid remains the panacea.
If we all help each other in a true sharing out, one morning the humanity will wake up as naturally humanitarian, for it will be the architect of its own miracle. Chantal Sigaud"