• Bazar 6
  • Bazar 1
  • Bazar 4
  • Bazar 5
  • Bazar 2
  • Bazar 3

Casa do Saber  

  • Casa do saber 3
  • Casa do saber 4
  • Casa do saber 1
  • Casa do saber 2



The Emaus Movement emerged in France in 1949, founded by famous priest Abbé Pierre with the goal of helping the poorest of the poor. In 1986, Emaus arrived in Brazil, brought by Father Henri Le Boursicaud. The first Brazilian Emaus group was founded in Cachoeira Paulista / Sao Paolo.

At the time of Le Boursicaud’s arrival in 1992, Pirambu was recognized as one of Brazil’s largest slums, and fit the profile of areas across the globe helped by Emaus. Emaus Love and Justice was established by dedicated citizens of Pirambu, many of whom already had experience in community work and the fostering of community spirit, characteristics consistent with the philosophy of the Emaus Movement. Today, many of these founders are still active members of the Movement, and are committed to fixing the issues facing Pirambu.


Starting with almost nothing, the founding members collected and crushed aluminum cans to sell twice a day for food. Despite their very limited resources, they believed in the power of community work and sharing what they earned. Gradually, the group managed to develop their recycling program and generate a more stable income: their old, temperamental truck was replaced with sweet new wheels in 2001, making the collection process much simpler. Our headquarters went from a tiny rented office on the busy main street to a place of our own where we could stretch our legs on Our Lady of Grace Street. In 2004, a new warehouse was built to house the Bazaar.

Since its inception in 1992, the group has been extremely committed to social and educational development. The growth of our recycling program and the weekly bazaar go hand in hand with the development of social and educational activities offered to the community, particularly to children and youth. St Eliza, our first kindergarten program, was replaced in 2004 by the Casa do Saber (House of Knowledge). Today, the House of Knowledge brings together members of the community from infancy through their teen years. Between 2009 and 2011, Emaus opened a new kindergarten facility called the Casa da Criança (Children’s House). Currently, planning is in progress for the contruction of a sustainable preschool facility: Creche Verde. In the same vein as the Casa do Saber and Casa da Criança, Creche Verde will promote Emaus Amor e Justica’s goals of socail inclusion and education. Construction is expected to begin in 2013.

The story of Movimento Emaús Amor e Justiça is inexorably linked with the history of Pirambu. Overall, in 20 years of fighting, we are happy to report that living conditions in our community have improved, but there are still challenges to be met.