REMAR has been working for seventeen years now in third world developing countries. Remar Association Spain began its international social work in Europe in Portugal (1982) and in South America (1991), starting in Peru. Since then, Remar’s assistance has been welcomed in numerous other countries too. (For more information see Remar activities.) Remar Spain’s interest is in helping and training people on the margins of society, of whatever age, sex or condition, who come to Remar centres in various countries, especially those of the Third World. Aware of the needs of these people, as much help as possible has always been sent to them from the more prosperous First World nations.
In each country where we have Remar, the majority of the workers are volunteers who have left the comforts of the first world in solidarity with those less fortunate, poorer people. They share with them their time, their knowledge, their affection, their material possessions, and all the support that they can give and also help train them. They live alongside the very needy, help them change their lives for the better, not only as far as food and clothing are concerned, but also in their family, professional and educational restoration. The Remar Association Spain was officially constituted in 1990, to offer moral, cultural, material and spiritual help to socially rejected people and drug addicts. We began to work primarily in the rehabilitation of drug addicts and alcoholics; but soon we saw the need to widen the scope of our services to other areas such as, education, the provision of food to those who can not afford, preventive health care, and help for women suffering abuse, etc.
In 1990 the first team was sent to Portugal to initiate rehabilitation centres, in the same way as had been done in Spain. There has been a great demand for our services, with very positive results. In 1991 we expanded into Peru and also the United Kingdom. In Peru we concentrated upon the least favoured social group, mothers and children, setting up our first home for them. The great demand for help then led us to create more centres of this kind, extending into the cities of Lima, Arequipa and Tacna. In 1992 the Association continued with its international forge, planting the ministry in countries such as Guatemala, Brazil, Argentina and Nicaragua, in Central and South America, and, back in Europe, in Switzerland. Our centers are always set up in those areas that have the worst economic conditions and the highest levels of poverty.
In 1993 we decided to spread the work into EI Salvador and Ecuador in America, and to begin activities in Africa. Countries such as Angola, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Mali, Cameroun, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique and South Africa are some of those that benefit from our services today. In all of these African countries, we have rehabilitation centers for drug addicts and alcoholics to help them get of their addictions. We also have children’s homes that cater for needy and abandoned children and single mothers. Proactively, we also have vocational training centers where the inmates acquire a productive vocation.