A Building for the Disabled
Project location: ITALY, Ciampino
Project start date: June 2005 - Project end date: This project covers various years
Project number: 2005-39
Beneficiary: Associazione Arca Italia ONLUS
L'Arche began in 1964 when Jean Vanier welcomed two persons with a disability, to live with him in a small home in the village of Trosly, in France. His desire to share his life as a brother with Raphael and Philippe attracted others who joined him there, and soon a Community of several homes and workshops grew in that same village. Later, some of those living in Trosly left to begin similar Communities in other parts of the world, maintaining at the same time strong links of friendship and support with one another. In 1972, the International Federation of L'Arche was constituted, and today there are 111 Communities in 29 countries in the world. The name L'Arche was chosen for the original home begun by Jean Vanier, and was attached to the whole movement so that each Community in the Federation is called a L'Arche Community.
"Il Chicco" is a community in Ciampino, Italy, which is part of the International Federation of L'Arche. Founded in 1981, it presently helps 11 people with serious disabilities, from 15 to 37 years old. Il Chicco aims at giving hope and a sense in life, providing professional help.
The project funded by the Nando Peretti Foundation aims at enlarging the existing units, in order to increase the number of disabled hosted to 22.