Solidarity concert on Saturday, April 6th in Paris
Saturday, April 6th, at 6:00 PM
in the Church Saint Albert le Grand 122 rue de la Glacière, 75013 PARIS
The organization Pan y Flores, in partnership with les petits frères des Pauvres, invite you to attend the concert given by the Choir Canta Latinoamerica, the polyphonic chorus of over 40 singers, musicians and dancers in the Church of Saint Albert le Grand.
The funds raised during the concert will entirely serve to finance the activities of La casa de dia san Agustin that the organization Pan y Flores supports. La casa de dia is a place for elderly isolated and people living in conditions of extreme poverty in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
· Price of the ticket: 12 euros
· Price of the ticket (presale): 10 euros
· Big Tombola at the time of the break with many prizes. Sale of Mexican crafts.
Association Pan y Flores
97, rue de la santé, 75013 Paris
In partnership with Les petits frères des Pauvres
33 et 64 avenue Parmentier, 75011 Paris
The little brothers of the Poor of Madrid celebrate their 10 years in 2013
The little brothers of the Poor of Madrid celebrate 10 years of existence and actions for the elderly.
Ten years ago, a group of volunteers decided to create the organization, which has gradually increased step by step, at its own pace, stifling the difficulties, experiencing new challenges, thanks to the involvement of its teams of volunteers, through the presence of the elderly and thanks to the Barcelona Foundation. That’s why the organization has decided to celebrate its tenth anniversary, with everyone who has participated to the expansion. A series of events will be revealed throughout the year. In June, a celebration will be held to celebrate all the actors: volunteers, elderly, staff and partners. "Our main objective will be the same once again and for ten years more at least: to help to fight the loneliness of elderly people”
Bonjour, la Fédération Internationale des petits frères des Pauvres
Pierre Asselin, Président de la Fédération internationale des petits frères des Pauvres et Barbara Bringuier coordinatrice internationale, furent accueillis par les membres du conseil d’administration de la Fraternité de Minneapolis et de l’équipe salariée lors de leur visite de l’ensemble des Fraternités américaines des petits frères des Pauvres. L’objectif de la Fédération Internationale est de renforcer le réseau mondial des petits frères des Pauvres pour permettre d’accompagner un plus grand nombre de personnes âgées à travers le monde.
Video story : Jim O'Brien
Jim O'Brien tells us how he became volunteer with Armand Marquiset.
Témoignage de Jim O'Brien
New Healthy Moves program aims to strengthen and prevent falls
Beginning this spring, LBFE will be providing elders who are homebound or lack transportation the chance to become more active through the Healthy Moves for Aging Well program. Offered in partnership with the Wilder Foundation, Healthy Moves is a 12- week evidence-based program that provides frail elders the opportunity to learn simple exercises to build strength, flexibility and endurance right in their own homes. Volunteer Coaches are needed to check in with elder participants weekly by phone throughout the program. Coaches will be trained to motivate participants to increase their physical activity, fitness, strength and independence and reduce the fear of falling and number of falls.
In Poland, elderly helps the elderly
An article of press agency: France press from proposes a focus on the action of “les petits frères des Pauvres” in Poland, and a report about the Poznan implantation.
Home visits are organized in order to keep in touch with isolated people and helps elderly affected by lack of autonomy. “I’ve lived alone since my daughter died following a sudden illness 6 years ago” said Janina Kalisza, 80 years old, who suffers from partially-sighted, diabetes and hypertension. Maria tytula, a senior and volunteers of the organization came to get over and leave his loneliness. “We make shopping together, we walk, we go to the cinema, to the doctor, we complete each other” said Maria, highlighting that Janina never went out when she met her. Those two women became almost inseparable; they regularly met over the last years. “I try to make her life more enjoyable by spending time with her” said Maria. But she admits that she can’t do any more physical efforts to help her with exhausting tasks.
Since the organization of the little brothers of the Poor was found by Armand Marquiset, the organization is presents in Germany, Spain, Ireland, Switzerland, USA and Canada. Since 2002, Poland is the eighth and the latest country that entered in the International Federation.
The association is present in three cities: Warsaw, Poznan and Lublin. “Before the entry of Poland into the European union, many volunteers get trained in France”. So, in the early 2000’s, it is the French association who wanted us to be part of the international federation of les petits frères “said Anna Kosikowska, president of the association in Poznan. She spent five month training in Lille, Dunkerque and Paris. During the early years after their foundation, the polish association was supported by French companies.
In 2006, they become autonomous. In Poznan the association’s project are financed by the city up to 80.000 zlotys per years (20.000 Euros). “This money is used to pay our employees, to finance cultural excursions as well as important project” said Anna. They carried for a while an exchange plan for vacation with the France but it unfortunately not succeeds. “Transport is too far complicated to organize. We have to keep in mind that these are elderly and such travel is very tiring for them. However, we are in a permanent contact with our French counterparts who send us all their knowledge in term of training” said Anna.
Rosemarie, a volunteer in Chicago for 10 months
Further to an internship at the Chapter Paris Saint-Maur, Rosemarie went during 10 months in Chicago as "volunteer" in the biggest Chapter of the states. Here is a feedback of her experience.
I was determined to go abroad after my studies of Advisor Social and Family Economics (social worker) but I didn’t know exactly where. So, I caught the opportunity to make my end report of study in Saint-Maur Chapter of the little brother of the Poor. Thus I heard that there were other organizations abroad.
After exchanging my motivations with volunteer’s manager from Chicago, I decided to embark on the adventure. I was going to volunteer for 10 months at Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly in Chicago. Freshly graduated, I bought my plane ticket to Chicago.
A windy city: very welcome! I lived in the associations with other volunteers. After an adaptation time (including language skills), I found my rhythm. The association's mission was to overcome isolation of the elderly. I had various missions. Indeed, every month, I visited twice 25 people who suffer from isolation. We could eat together, go to the museum, walk...
I lived a very rich human experience, I even became attached to people I visited. They told me about their lives, their fears, their joys. Every weekend, the association organized friendly meals. I was driving people to the festival, after that, I was charged to bringing them back home. During the week, the association organized workshops (computers, cinema, coffee, arts ...). I was responsible for the film workshop on Friday. It was a great opportunity to have lunch together and watch a movie. The association - but the city too- is animated by the party: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter). So much time used to share and learn about his table neighbor.
Before my trip, I had the idea that Chicago was a cold city, industrial and unwelcoming. Is it really cold? Yes! I even had the opportunity to be present during a blizzard (a huge snowstorm) that blocked the city during two days. But be reassured, the summer is rather hot. People are they unfriendly? Not at all, I found people very friendly and open. Nevertheless, I was quite shocked by the segregation of 'white' and 'black'. People live in community.
The city is also warm and inviting. I really enjoyed myself. I remember the good humor of my fellow volunteers, especially the temperature and all smiles of people I met. I am very happy to have lived such rich experience. I hope one day I could return to Chicago.