About Solidarités international
Solidarités International is a non-profit organization working in areas of conflict and natural disasters. Its main aim is to provide quick and effective support for people in life-threatening situations by meeting their vital needs: water, food and shelter. The organization also has a particular focus on unsafe drinking water and food insecurity among the most vulnerable populations. Solidarités International, an organization founded in 1980 by Alain Boinet under France's 1901 charity law, comprises 2 350 national and international employees (2019 figures). Each year it carries out over 120 humanitarian programs in 18 countries.
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 was the first mission by Solidarités International.
During a conflict or following a natural disaster, Solidarités International intervenes by responding to the basic needs of water, food and shelter. The emergency response follows a three-stage action plan:
- Diagnosis of the emergency situation: a team of experts makes a detailed on-the-spot diagnosis to evaluate the size of the disaster and the needs of the populations affected. The diagnosis report then enables the most appropriate humanitarian response to be prepared.
- Response to the most urgent needs: the public is informed of the situation and donors are sought. Funds collected enable an intervention team and logistical resources to be sent into the field. Once on site the humanitarian team works with the local populations. Intervention includes the treatment and distribution of water, establishment of sanitation systems, distribution of hygiene kits, basic necessities, food and the means and support to establish temporary shelters.
- Exit strategy: beyond the response to urgent needs, Solidarités International is committed to strengthening the resilience capacities of the affected communities. The humanitarian teams establish conditions for gradual disengagement, enabling, where possible, community takeover of emergency activities or their replacement through the introduction or reintroduction of sustainable services. Thus, with a view to going beyond a simple humanitarian response, the actions carried out in the field are designed to be sustainable, collaborative and forward-looking. The necessary knowledge and tools are passed on to the affected populations so they are able to rebuild their lives.