How Remar Works
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REMAR maintains its doors open day and night in its commitment to helping the most needy, channelling human and economic resources in order to give hope and aspirations for the future to all those people who call at its doors with urgent need.

Those who come are fed, clothed, educated, and they are shown the care and attention they deserve. Time is dedicated to them, listening to their needs, and they are given professional training in work skills.

REMAR sets up development projects, detailed initiatives to finance its activities, which are especially dedicated to the rehabilitation and care of the needy. In this way, specific problems are solved and situations are improved. One of our most important tasks is that of training those who take part in these projects, so that they can continue with them, independently, when the phase of outside help comes to an end. With this aim in mind, we endeavour to recruit natives in the different countries where we are active, in order to prepare them and teach them so that they can form a part of this good work, especially since they are aware, first-hand, of the needs of their particular community.



An Organization for solidarity, Remar is a Christian non-governmental development organization (ONGD), whose principal objective is to improve the living conditions of children, families and communities of the poorest countries.

We began our work in Spain, in 1982, amongst people with problems of drug addiction. Today we are one of the principal non-governmental organizations in Spain that are dedicated to international cooperation. We carry out a humanitarian and social work in which the ruling philosophy is to contribute towards the improvement in the living conditions of those who have least resources and opportunities. One of the identification marks of our organization is that our activities and programmes are carried out working side by side with the beneficiaries, in the realization of our planned objectives.

In all of these countries we first identify the areas of intervention and then, together with the local communities, we work on long-term projects that last from ten to fifteen years. These projects are designed to head off the structural causes of poverty and to support the strengthening of community solidarity. In the regions where we are active we also give technical and economic assistance when emergency situations arise, whether they are caused by a natural catastrophe, a military conflict or some other kind of humanitarian disaster facing the people.

In order to achieve a real and lasting impact that will improve the quality of life of those who are excluded and will promote their dignity, our development programmes integrate the potentials, the strategies and the local experience of these poverty-stricken communities.

We endeavour to strengthen the skills of those who have very little and to improve relationships within their own social reality.
We also give them apprenticeship in environmentally friendly techniques and technological productivity and we provide them with access to information useful to their own self-development.

Our intervention is centred upon the Areas of Development, and is associated with long-term processes of change. We work towards the promotion of substantial modifications in the living conditions of the least favoured.


In Remar we have a community lifestyle, which means that the beneficiaries and the volunteers responsible for each home and project live alongside one another.

Community Life

"Faced with the great importance of sharing with the needy, in a world which distributes wealth in such a disproportionate way, and having a desire to extend the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and discovering the Biblical principle concerning community life as taught in the book of Acts, we made a crucial decision as a family. Just like those first disciples of Christ, we decided to share what we had, financially and in terms of property, in order to help and reach to the most forsaken. (Acts 2:42 and 4:32) This book, as it narrates the lives of those men and women, affirms that there were no needy ones amongst them. Moreover, before the Christian diaspora, they reached to a total of more than 150,000 living in this way in Jerusalem. Over the centuries, there have always been Christian movements that, in a desire not to become attached to material possessions, have taken the decision to share what they have and to live in community. However, in our times there is no need to put on a hard sackcloth habit. There is no mandatory obligation, and there never has been, to become a celibate in order to be useful and consecrated. This present-day community lifestyle provides for all the family’s needs, providing resources for the balanced development of both the family nucleus and of single people. Living in community reduces financial costs, and so we are able to take in and help thousands of people who, on their own, would not be able to achieve a decent lifestyle. (When brothers and sisters work together, even the mountains are converted into gold. Chinese proverb.)

Following this example, many, in a voluntary and altruistic manner, have adopted the same kind of lifestyle for themselves, a lifestyle in which every member, from the first to the last, chooses this simple way. Every need is met whilst everyone works together actively for the good of all. There is great satisfaction for, whatever their particular task, from the humblest to the most sophisticated; each one knows that they are helping to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to provide food for the prisoners, medicine to the sick, etc. The varied talents of the volunteers are put to full use, thus enabling us to develop small businesses and services whose profits support the social work of Remar in those countries where it is active.

We can say, with gratitude to God, that Remar is a group organization made up of more than 200,000 people spread out over 72 countries, and dedicated to helping all kinds of needy people. In particular, welcoming in thousands of children, elderly people, the very weak, and covering all their needs, providing them with a family home, food, clothing, medicines, education, medical services, etc.… Also helping thousands who do not live in the Remar communities but who attend the free meals centres, the schools, the clinics, etc., or who are in prison but receive food and clothing.

REMAR builds homes, schools, health clinics, professional training workshops, and develops small businesses, etc. This Association of associations, or Foundation, as it is called in some of the countries, would not exist, nor would it have been able to help thousands of people, if it had not been for the voluntary decision of the majority of its members to live in community."



The social objective of REMAR consists in working within Spanish and international society to give coherent answers to many marginalized groups, through: 

  • Child Care Programmes.
  • Family Care Programmes.
  • Youth Aid Programmes.
  • Women’s Care Programmes.
  • Care Programmes for the Elderly.
  • Drug Rehabilitation and Social Reintegration Programmes.
  • Care Programmes for those affected by AIDS.
  • Attention to people held in prisons.
  • The opportunity to serve prison sentences within REMAR.

  Remar is active in 70 countries to support international cooperation projects through the following actions:

  • Shipping containers of humanitarian aid to these countries.
  • Child Sponsorship Programme.
  • Volunteers Programme, sending out social work volunteers into the field.

Our area of intervention is wherever relations of inequality and exclusion exist. Our setting is the world of the socially excluded. Our approach comes from the ground level, attending to the social realities, to disadvantaged communities. We go to where there is injustice and social exclusion, we live alongside those who are suffering, we identify the causes that have led them to poverty and we work towards changing all this for the better.



The Rehabilitation in general of Marginalised people, the socially displaced, delinquents who have come out of prison and have nowhere to go, people suffering from all kinds of addiction. 

  • Rehabilitation of socially marginalized people in general, displaced persons, delinquents who have come out of prison and have nowhere to go, people with any kind of addiction.

  • Help for minors who have left home for serious reasons or because of abuse or mistreatment.
  • Help for women who are at risk, abandoned or mistreated.
  • Help for immigrants in their social integration.
  • The prevention of delinquency, care for those who are on the dole, unemployed or displaced and who, because of hunger, run the risk of falling into delinquency.
  • The teaching of work skills, so that people who at present can find no employment, due to a lack of training, can be given an apprenticeship in different professions, such as: agriculture, livestock farming, mechanics, plumbing, bricklaying, bakery work, languages, music, etc.
  • The holding of talks and the presentation of films in colleges and universities, of a cultural and informative nature, with the basic objective of providing accurate information concerning the problems of drugs, lack of social adaptation, the fight against racism, etc., endeavouring with this information to reach the spheres of the family, the schools, the workplace, and the social environment.
  • Assistance to the elderly and orphans, creating homes and providing care and affection to those who are unable to find help elsewhere.
  • Actions of an altruistic and socially orientated nature.
  • Cooperation in international development.