The local Frères des Hommes groups work to raise awareness of the
problems and challenges of sustainable development, along with interdependence
between the countries of the North and the South. Teams of volunteers organize
actions and demonstrations across France, take part in awareness campaigns,
and mobilize the public, social actors, and political leaders. Frères
des Hommes also seeks to:
Encourage solidarity between peoples
Create collaboration networks between social actors
in the North and the South to fight together against marginalization
Fight discrimination and change the mindset
for local groups:
Monday to Wednesday
E-mail : [email protected]
Tél : 01 55 42 62 62
The group was founded in 1982, and began by supporting projects in Africa,
and later in Latin America and the Caribbean (Haiti).
Our support of the landless peasant movement in Brazil started with an
exhibition by Sebastião Salgado that we presented in the region,
and in 2002, we were visited by a leader of the landless peasants (as
part of the Terra Project). In 2003, one of our members participated in
an exchange mission in the state of Maranhão, which allowed us
to help install an exhibition and a diorama, which help promote education
and development campaigns.
In 1992, a public rally permitted us to meet in a relaxed setting with
a diverse audience.
The years 2004-2005 were marked by our presence at the Association Forum,
the cultivation of apples in a collective orchard, and the sale of squash
at a farm stand shared with Artisans of the World. The most exciting achievement
was “Citizens of the World, Citizens of the Farms,” a three-day
long forum that included films, discussions on indicators of wealth, and
an afternoon of workshops with activists to look at different models for
Marie-Jeanne LETULLE - 8 Impasse Claude Monet - 14500 VIRE
Tel: 02 31 68 99 58 - E.mail: [email protected]
The group was started in 1975, just after the Grenoble group showed
the film, “Ken Keni.”
At that time, the mood was optimistic, and cooperation seemed like an
easy solution; a large number of young people started coming to meetings,
and volunteers returning from developing countries talked about the successes
taking place and encouraged us to pursue our efforts.
The first action chosen was to build a phytotherapy laboratory in Fada
N’Gourma, Burkina Faso, to produce medicine and flour.
In the mean time, we have worked on a project in the city of Luga, in
Senegal, a sister city of Romans. The project focused on women’s
education, along with teaching reading and encouraging the production
of local products. We have been working on this project uninterrupted
for the past ten years, which has permitted us to stay in permanent contact
with the Romans city hall.
The Frères des Hommes group also has partnerships with Niil Jam
in Fandène, Senengal, working on an agriculture and soil conservation
program, as well as with Diocko Bois, a group of woodworkers near Dakar.
Our work in Romans above all consists of doing presentations in schools,
as well as at various local demonstrations, often in partnership or collaboration
with other local associations.
Contact: Jean-François Boggio – Tel: 04 75 02 81
The group was founded in 1980 and now has around ten members. In
existence for more than 25 years at the “beginning of the world”
(Penn ar Bed), the group puts into practice the principles of Frères
des Hommes: Act here, act there, act with, act forever…
With the objective of educating the public on international citizenship,
the group regularly interacts with school groups, works with the Municipal
Council on Youth, participates in the Forum of Associations, and takes
part in the Festival du Bout du Monde.
The group is the local contact group for Green Africa, the local group
for Max Havelaar, and the bridge to the Ethics on the Tag campaign…
The group is also a member of CASI Bretagne and REPICD 29 (Finistère
Association for Public Education on Planetary Citizenship).
In addition, they are active in the South with FDH partners in the Action
Bois program in Senegal, and with partners in India working on “Rebuilding
the Dignity of Men and Women” following the tsunami that destroyed
southern Asia in December 2004.
Clément Sommier - Tel: 02 98 27 00 76
The Bordeaux group is made up of people participating for many years in
the fight for greater justice on Earth because we feel strongly about
the idea of Confédération Paysanne: “One roof! One
Earth! One worldwide goal!” In Bordeaux, we have decided to fight
for this collective goal through raising awareness. This goes hand in
hand with the fight led by the Movement of the Landless, with the desire
to have an affect on people’s lives here, in France.
In order to do this, we lead discussions, organize conferences, and will
soon be given time on the radio to discuss our personal experiences and
our theoretical and practical research. While there are not many of us,
but our intense desire for a more just world is the measure of our ability
to fight the injustices that proliferate.
Contact: Frédéric Le Mener and Agnes Van
Ginneken - E-mail: [email protected]
The group was created in 2000, under the guidance of the Tours
group, and is currently composed of 8 members.
Located in a working-class neighborhood in the city of Châteauroux,
the group participates in the Neighborhood Council, the Contract Committee
of the City and the CAC (Communauté d’agglomération
castelroussine), as well as at the public university and the Neighborhood
Every year the group participates in the World Market (second Saturday
in June), International Solidarity Week in November (expos, discussions,
conferences), the Association Forum, the local social forum, the Fair
Trade Forum, etc.
In particular, the group follows the activities of Rural Workers without
Land (MST), two of whose members it brought to France in 2001 and 2002,
in as part of the Terra Project. The group coordinator participated in
the fifth World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 2005.
Josseline Chaveneaud - Tel: 06 16 91 88 11
The group has been around for about thirty years. Today, it is
made up of 12 members and has the support of a large network of activists
in the department, people who regularly lend their support (participation
in discussion groups, button-making for demonstrations, greeting card
sales, etc.), and who regularly receive the newsletter put out by the
group—“Le griot de Touraine,” with 450 readers.
Working in a working-class neighborhood in the city (the Sanitas nieghborhood),
members meet every two weeks in their local office, where there is a staff-member
every Wednesday afternoon. Very active locally, the group leads many actions
in partnership with other associations and community groups. The group
is a local bridge to the Ethics on the Tag campaign, and also takes part
in discussion groups on the new common agricultural policy and on fair
trade. Various “commissions,” or study groups, were created
in the group (Asia, Africa, Latin America, Development Education). Debate
nights are regularly organized. The group also participates in the neighborhood
festival. Additionally, the “Solidarity Field” gets planted
every April 17.
Positions in the group rotate each year, and new members are immediately
given certain responsibilities…one of the group’s strong points.
Philippe Perrot - Tel: 02 47 05 14 77 - E-mail: [email protected]
A Frères des Hommes group has existed in Nantes for over
thirty years, almost since the beginning of the organization itself.
It now consists of ten members and activists.
In Brazil, the group made a significant contribution so that the agreement
of cooperation between the cities of Nantes and Recife takes into account
socially responsible economics, fair trade, and in particular the work
of our two partners: Etapas and Josué de Castro Center in a shantytown.
The group also has relations with the Movement of Rural Works without
Land (MST) and, thanks to the Sebastião Salgado’s photo exhibition,
is able to publicize MST’s work.
The group is a member of the “Nantes for Fair Trade” association,
which seeks to promote ethical products in shops and department stores.
The association brings a great deal of experience from its relationships
with partner organizations in countries of the South.
In addition the team participates in the local branch of Ethics on the
Tag, which looks at work conditions in countries of the South, and the
origins of consumer goods in the North.
Several campaigns have taken place, including the renunciation of child
Lastly, the group is a founding member of the Association of Citizens
of the World in Nantes, in which it continues to play an active role.
Contact: Philippe BLAISE - Tel: 02 51 83 12 27 - E.mail:
The Frères des Hommes group in Thouaré was founded
in 1985, turning twenty at the same time that Frères des Hommes
Consisting of a dozen members, it sometimes has up to twenty supporters.
It has worked since the beginning on Green Africa. The group also supported
Women of Zabré.
The group has had contacts with India (FEDINA).
In the North, Thouaré takes part in a network called COMOSOL (Coordination
pour un monde solidaire). This network works in favour of schools by presenting
The group is well integrated in its hometown of 8 000 people.
Contact: Jeannine Gillet - Tel: 02 40 77 33 69
or Rémi Babin - Tel: 02 40 77 31 04 – E-mail:
- FAMECK - VALLEE DE LA FENSCH
The Fameck group of Frères des Hommes was founded in 1985. For
twenty years, the group has been a strong group of eight members, coming
from backgrounds as diverse as politics, unions, and non-profit associations.
All these members are passionate and engage in various other associations.
For about fifteen years, this group has been particularly involved in
Africa and has built a solid partnership with Cote d’Ivoire, which
includes fifteen support missions to FEDESI (an inter-professional union
of craftsmen) for woodworking projects, mechanical work, and sewing. Work
has also been done with the government and with nine banks that practice
Contact: Antoinette Kappenstein - Tel: 03 82 58 61 62 - E-mail:
The group was started in 1972.
1972 to 1980: Presentations of films and photo essays by volunteers returning
from the developing world.
1981 to 1986: Participation in two campaigns: “Eat Well Here, Stop
Hunger There” and “People’s Right to Feed Themselves”
1986 to 1990: Education on development after several group members participated
in programs in Burkina Faso and Zaire. Participation in the “Green
1997 to today: Promotion of fair trade
Today; the group is made up of 16 members.
Types of action taken:
-Sale of fair trade products (from markets, territorial cooperatives,
small business groups, and others). Involvement in schools, conferences,
-Distributing pamphlets and games for education and development (Pau Book
Faire, Asphodèle Organic Fair, and various others).
Contact : Henri Sanchez - E-mail : [email protected]
Contact : Anne-Marie Auvergne - Tél : 01 39 50 78 59 -
E-mail : [email protected]
Made up of 13 members, of whom eight come from Bouffémont
and five come from Val d’Oise, the group is highly engaged in the
partnership with APEF (Association for the Promotion of Women Entrepreneurs),
in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which translates into different
activities to raise public awareness:
-booths at various markets and association events
-a fun and informative Solidarity Night
-involvement in several elementary and middle schools
-publication of a newsletter, “Jambo”
-giving direct financial and other support to our partner, alongside other
French organizations and Le Relais, a socially conscious job-finding company.
Contact : Nadine Girot - Tél : 01 39 91 58 69