The campaign aims to highlight the power of small acts of kindness and how it can benefit individuals who being kind to others.
This is similar to the founding of Emmaus. One night, a man called Georges was brought to Abbé Pierre after a failed suicide attempt. He had spent 20 years in prison and had nowhere else to go. However, instead of offering help to Georges directly, Abbe Pierre did not offer him help, instead asking Georges to help him building houses for homeless mothers. In doing so, he gave Georges a reason to live.
Emmaus Greenwich continues this principle through to today. Companions, who live at Emmaus Greenwich, help others through solidarity, in providing services such as our Street Souls service. There is also a science behind this, showing that small acts of kindness can be beneficial for people’s mental and physical health.
Emmaus recently commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Uprising of Kindness speech, an appeal on the radio by Abbe Pierre is 1954 after a woman froze to death sleeping on the streets of Paris. Emmaus UK marked this by launching the #BeMoreKind campaign.