The family of the "Pilgrims of Charity" was born in February 2003 at Shantiniketan
and is declared and recognized in France as an association governed by the law of 1901
(decision of October 26th, 2006, receipt of declaration: WW181000642).
In India, it was officialy recognized by the governement as a “charitable trust”
on 4th March, 2013 (n° of recording: IV-01471 / 2013).
This family is decompose into two branches:
First of all the Pilgrims of Charity Brothers (P.C. Brothers), consisting of brothers who dedicate themselves completely to God and to the poor people. A feminine branch can be established in the future.
Then, Pilgrims of Charity Friends (P.C. Friends), gathering people wishing to help the poor people whatever be their religion
and their way of life.
To live the Gospel by carrying love, humanity, medical care, educational programs and what the poor people, those who lost any reason for hoping, need in their place of life.
To reach this purpose, we work exclusively on the ground, going two by two to live with the poor people, discovering their needs and serving them.
The ultimate purpose of our mission is to give to the poor people a dignity of life. We do not want to limit our action to the fact of giving some education and medical care, but also of helping the most deprived to discover and to take their place in the society. This way, we also try to favor a contact with their family, to recreate emotional links which were sometimes cut off.
Among the poor people that we have the grace to serve, we bring a particular care and attention to the lone children, to the handicapped , those who are without root and without roof and who will have most dificulties to make it.
We work for it in very narrow link with other associations as the Friends of the Birds of the Sky (FBA) and the Interreligious Community for the Development (ICOD).