Our humanitarian mandate

Meeting the needs

Committed to providing universal access to drinking water and sanitation, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is there to help people hit by war, epidemics and natural disasters.

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Working on the ground to alleviate the most severe crises, our humanitarian teams aim to assist – as quickly and efficiently as possible – those whose lives and health are under threat, and to fulfil their basic needs: food, water and shelter.
After responding to emergencies by supplying assistance directly to those in need, they help vulnerable people until they regain their livelihoods and the autonomy needed to tackle the challenges of an uncertain future with dignity.
These efforts would not work properly, or even be possible, without the fierce determination to constantly respect the humanitarian principles of humanity, independence, impartiality and neutrality.

Key figures

3.8
million people were helped
with respect for their dignity
2,075
national and international staff
Teams are made up of experts
50,600
active donors
ensure our autonomy and emergency response
69
million euros
for humanitarian assistance
91.3%
of our resources allocated to populations
A figure that takes root in a strategic choice, representing our understanding of humanitarian commitment.
3.8 million people were helped
with respect for their dignity
2,075 national and international staff
Teams are made up of experts
50,600 active donors
ensure our autonomy and emergency response
69 million euros
for humanitarian assistance
91.3% of our resources allocated to populations
A figure that takes root in a strategic choice, representing our understanding of humanitarian commitment.

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL's charter

Article 1: General principle – SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL’s purpose is to provide humanitarian aid and through its relief efforts demonstrate solidarity when populations are faced with political, ethnic or economic oppression, war or any other threatening circumstances.

Article 2: SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is independent of any political, economic, ethnic or denominational group.

Article 3: Aid is provided impartially and always tailored to the needs of the threatened populations.

Article 4: SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL only intervenes when asked to by the affected populations or their legitimate representatives, either by providing emergency relief or through longer term projects.

Article 5: SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL’s relief efforts are carried out in such a manner that the cultural identity and dignity of each individual is respected.

Article 6: SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL’s members fully implement the projects approved by the organization.

Article 7: In accordance with the principles of intervention and to be as effective as possible, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL introduces itself to the relevant organizations and institutions with a view to coordination and possible collaboration.

Article 8: In its capacity as witness to the difficult conditions in which it operates, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL strives to inform public opinion and if necessary to call public attention to the facts.

Article 9: Every member of SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL pledges to adopt and respect the principles laid down in this charter.

Our history

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL’s humanitarian action dates back to 1979 and the war in Afghanistan. Five French citizens, including Patrice Franceschi, Alain Boinet and Patrick Brizay, launched the “caravans of hope” to provide aid for the local inhabitants. With the help of the Afghan resistance, they crossed the border in secret and delivered much-needed humanitarian aid to the population throughout the country. This is the first mission by SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL..

1980
Our first mission in Afghanistan, where we are still working 35 years later. From the invasion of Soviet troops to their withdrawal, from civil war to the Taliban regime, from American intervention to the transitional government, from emergency intervention to reconstruction, with and for the Afghan people.
1989
In Romania, for ten years, we implemented numerous projects to assist the large numbers of orphans in state institutions.
1992
In Irak we sent aid convoys when one million Kurdish refugees fled Saddam Hussein’s troops. Again in 2003 and 2004, we repaired the water treatment plants south of Baghdad. Opening of our mission in The Balkans: right at the start of the conflict in Bosnia (summer 1992 - 2000).
1994
Africa Great Lakes region: Rwanda (May 1994 - 2000) - in response to the horrors of the genocide and the aftermath of the conflict.
1996
Opening of a mission in neighbouring Burundi (1996 - 2010).
1998
In Bosnia, right at the start of the conflict (summer 1992 - 2000); then in Kosovo (summer 1998 - 2001), in Macedonia and Albania to assist 800,000 Kosovo refugees, and finally in Serbia (Krajina, Slovenia).
2000
Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kivu, Ituri, Katanga), where we remain very active.
2001
West Africa, in Agola to assist refugess from Democratic Republic of the Congo, until 2005.
2003
In the Ivory Coast when conflict broke out.
2004
Opening of a mission in neighbouring Liberia. In Sudan, Darfur: a difficult mission, providing aid to people forced to flee their villages and to the victims of multiple acts of violence. After natural disasters: the tsunami of December 26th, 2004 in Sri Lanka and Indonesia, hurricane Jeanne in Haiti (September 2004).
2005
In Niger, after severe drought, and also in Pakistan, after the earthquake which devastated the Kashmir region on October 8, 2005.
2006
A temporary period of emergency in Lebanon
2007
New humanitarian missions in northern Kenya, in South Sudan, in Thailand to assist Burmese refugees, in the Central African Republic (CAR), in Somalia, a stateless society dragged down by years of conflict, and finally in Bangladesh, devastated by a cyclone in November 2007.
2008
Chad, assisting displaced persons and refugees fleeing regional violence, then in Myanmar (Burma), devastated by Cyclone Nargis in May 2008.
2009
In Zimbabwe, bringing emergency aid to the people of this crisis-ridden country; and inPakistan, assisting displaced persons fleeing the fighting between the Pakistani army and insurgents.
2010
From January In Haïti, providing disaster relief to victims of this powerful earthquake which struck one of the poorest countries in the world. Then in Pakistan, in August, to provide relief to disaster victims following the worst flooding in the history of the country.
2012
Following the Malian political crisis and the Sahelien food crisis, three missions were opened: Mauritania in February, Mali in April, and Niger in July. In November, following a year of conflict, a mission in Syria was launched.
2013
Opening of a new mission in Lebanon to assist Syrian refugees. In November 2013 typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, prompting an emergency mission to assist those affected.
2014
We opened our first mission in Cameroon, delivering emergency relief to thousands of people fleeing the bloody and brutal conflict in the neighbouring CAR. In late 2014, in response to the Ebola epidemic affecting West Africa, we began working in a treatment centre in Moyamba, Sierra Leone, in partnership with the medical NGO Médicos del Mundo.
2015
Emergency response to the earthquake in Nepal. For the first time, a mission was started in France, helping migrants in the New Jungle makeshift camp in Calais.
2016
Responded in Greece and Macedonia to the crisis of migrants heading to Europe. A new mission in north-east Nigeria hit by the war between Boko Haram and the Nigerian army. In October, an emergency team was sent to Haiti to enable people to deal with the consequences of hurricane Matthew.

Vacancies

20
At head office
35
Worldwide
7
Internships