“Helping Doesn’t Always Mean Assisting”
des Hommes is an international solidarity organisation.
Since 1965, it has provided support for over
1000 development projects, in around 40 countries in Africa,
Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Four decades of Partnership
The history of Frères des Hommes began in
India, in 1965, the day when Armand Malquiset first saw Calcutta.
Shocked by the horrible sight of this
“capital of poverty,” he decided to create Frères des
Hommes as soon as he returned to France.
He recruited volunteers to go back to India with him, and together they
established the first Frères des Hommes center in Calcutta, in
order to distribute food to children.
Soon after, similar centers opened on three different continents.
Five years later, Frères des Hommes had recruited more than 100
volunteers working around the world.
By the end of the 1970s,
strengthened by a decade of experience, the organization developed further,
and began to embrace a new mission: to no longer work independently,
but to partner with local grassroots organizations.
work of the first few years had emerged into a real plan for partnership.
In 1980, the association’s charter
formally established this plan, which has since guided all of our work.
We support actions initiated in the South by empowering local
populations to build the sustainable foundations for their own development.
Our unique idea for development, and
our experience on the ground, have made us an influential and well respected
“A good idea has a long life.”
des Hommes - 9 rue de Savoie - 75006 Paris - Tél. : 01
55 42 62 62 - Fax : 01 43 29 99 77
This site is an archived version. New site has been moved to www.fdh.org