Chap-Aid

chap-aid-logo200pxThe Anglican Chaplaincy of Aquitaine is registered in France as an Association Cultuelle under French Law. Neither the Chaplaincy nor our Bordeaux church can directly give money to any outside person or organisation as the law requires us to pass such monies through a separate entity.

In 2006, to make our charitable giving possible and legal, the Chaplaincy created a separate association. CHAP-AID, an ‘Association Caritative’, is managed by a Council elected annually.

In summary, Chap-Aid is the charitable arm of the Anglican Chaplaincy of Aquitaine, France and is the organisation the Chaplaincy and our Bordeaux church uses to enable us to express our Christian faith in practical terms to people who are in need.  Since its existence, you have helped Chap-Aid to send approximately €60 000 to various charities around the world.

The charity’s objectives are to collect and distribute funds to enable it to provide relief to those in need, to support outreach, and to care for individuals in France or elsewhere, and to collect and distribute funds to those ends in a spirit of Christian concern.


Bordeaux Charities – Foyer Fraternel Gouffrand

jpg-logo-TOUT-PETIT-F.FRATThe Foyer Fraternel is a charitable association to help those in need: clothing – food – crèche – welcoming, listening and guiding people who are going through a difficult phase.

Material Giving: You can help by making donations of  used/new clothing (clean and in good condition),shoes, warm gloves, bonnets, scarves. For the homeless: soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, small combs etc.  Please bring these donations to L’Assomption on any Sunday morning.

Practical Giving: – You can help by joining the forces at the Foyer every Thursday.  If you would like to assist please contact:

Foyer Fraternel GouffrandCentre Social, 23 rue Gouffrand, 33300 BORDEAUX

Tel: 05 57 87 13 92  or email : foyer-frat33@wanadoo.fr  Head : Pasteur Pascal Vernier


Bordeaux Charities – Emmaüs

downloadEmmaüs is a charity for the homeless and was started with a community at Neuilly-Plaisance in the Ile-de-France in October 1949.  Emmaüs is a secular organisation, despite its name which comes from the New Testament or the fact that its founder was a priest.

The inspiration came when Abbé Pierre was restoring a house and he welcomed in a homeless ex-con who was considering suicide and who, in turn, asked him help others. “Abbé Pierre wanted to show what could be done faced with the immense needs of society after the war” said the president of Emmaüs France Christophe Deltombe.

UNE_13-11-28-Retritex-Alex-Bonnemaison-14-sur-55-UNEAbbé Pierre went on to recruit people who helped him found communities across France. The charity became famous when Abbé Pierre called on the French to feel solidarity for the homeless in a severe winter in 1954 when several people died of cold. ‘My friends, help!’ he said on Radio Luxembourg. ‘A woman has just died on the pavement, frozen, at 3.00 tonight, clutching the paper which was used to evict her the day before yesterday.’

The name of the charity was inspired by a passage in which Jesus appears to two men walking to the village of Emmaüs, who are discouraged because of his death. Abbé Pierre chose the name as a symbol of hope.

Abbé Pierre was famous for his dedication to the homeless and also for his unorthodox views. Despite being a Catholic priest he supported gay adoption, married priests and women priests.  He criticised the Pope’s stance on condom use. His slogan was: “don’t just endure, always act“. Abbé Pierre was able to have consideration for the dispossessed, acting not ‘for’ them, but ‘with’ them.”

Abbé Pierre died in 2007 and was often called the most popular personality in France. The charity he founded now has 117 communities in 34 countries and 15,000 people including volunteers, homeless community members and employees. The communities provide a home for the homeless, where they can help themselves by collecting, sorting and reselling donated goods. The charity also carries out many wider activities in the homelessness and anti-poverty cause.

How to contribute?   Telephone: 05 56 92 00 33 or email: emmausgironde@gmail.com  Address: Emmaüs, 246 cours de la Somme, 33800 BORDEAUX


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