L'Arche International


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L'Arche is an international movement founded by Jean Vanier.  There are over 130 L'Arche communities in more than 30 countries, from Belgium to Brazil, Uganda to the United States. These communities welcome more than 5,000 people with and without learning disabilities to share their lives in some way. From sharing their homes to working together and praying together.


L'Arche communities around the world differ in so many ways and yet share the same identity.  All of these communities belong to the International Federation of L'Arche. Relationships with other communities are valued, and being part of this worldwide family allows us to experience diversity and difference. Belonging to a worldwide organisation enriches the life of each community.

Across the world L'Arche is working to provide support to people with learning disabilities so that they can take their rightful place in society.  As an international organisation it seeks to promote diversity and solidarity across psychological as well as geographical boundaries. Read our Identity and Mission Statements.