Our history

eu can aid! was founded on the realisation of the imbalance between North and South and of the injustice that this imbalance creates for those affected. The same principles have therefore guided the creation of Europe and eu can aid! and today still contribute to their development.

The genesis of eu can aid! lies in the creation, in 1961, of the “Staff Committee for the Campaign Against Hunger” by staff representative organisations in the European Institutions. The task of this Committee was to collect funds from staff for the most vulnerable people. The Committee’s mandate ran until the end of 1967. However, those involved wanted to continue what had been started and set up a permanent organisation.

It was decided, therefore, to found a new, independent body dedicated to development aid.  The name “Europe-Third World” was chosen at the founding meeting on 9 November 1967.  That meeting also decided to keep the financing of projects in line with the association’s financial means, effectively to the money generated by fees and/or donations from European Institution staff.  The idea was to give the fee-paying members and donors a feeling of personal and direct solidarity with the people of the South.

Since then, the association has become an international non-profit-making organisation (Association Internationale sans but lucratif – aisbl) under Belgian law.

In 2013 Europe-Third World is renamed “eu can aid!’ by unanimous agreement of its members to strengthen the call on solidarity and common action in support to global development

Now, more than 40 years on, eu can aid! continues to base its activities on volunteer action and the logistical support of the European Institutions, allowing it to keep its management costs to around 1% of its annual budget.

The village of Lele Adahome in Benin now has clean water! 💧@Asepongbenin has successfully installed a well-equipped… https://t.co/ptwgmlfpmh
The Arsal Education Center established by @sb_overseas now has #solarenergy to enhance the quality of education fo… https://t.co/JRICwbEbJf
Solidarity against poverty through the marathon of #DHLEkiden 🏁grateful for the EU team running on behalf of… https://t.co/rwcA1laSp9
Integrated programs aim to address all the causes of poverty simultaneously. Happy to continue partnering with… https://t.co/rcOcmnHauB
Today is the #InternationalDayfortheEradicationofPoverty 🧡 Let's not stop to rally behind solidarity-based action!… https://t.co/SbG9p6JUts
Humbled and proud to have contributed to the achievements of the Marumba village #community together with… https://t.co/BLaK5nkPCk
It’s been wonderful to see the development and achievements of the Marumba village community 👏🏼 #communitypowerhttps://t.co/uXuNy5mTPQ
Goat rearing project up and running with success! 👏🏼🐐We have supported St Peter Paul Educational And Cultural Trust… https://t.co/GUIxIO71rQ
From an old storage building to two new and appealing classrooms! 👏🏼 Eu can aid! supported Levozy Self Help Group w… https://t.co/NLGmBO3PlZ
This school in Tamil Nadu, India is now ready to enroll children for secondary education! 👏eu can aid! granted € 80… https://t.co/kutI6ok8ZS
Eu can aid! congratulates @DigambarpurA with successful completion of a project 👏 Our grant allowed the NGO to rest… https://t.co/2Rl35YzEV5
Thanks to our support, the NGO MLECI in South Kivu 🇨🇩built 2 mills to help 9 groups of women from the villages of K… https://t.co/4Y185nmdY9
At the end of 2020, we donated around 6K EUR to Ntuntu Orphans and Disabled People, a NGO working with vulnerable g… https://t.co/33FowsO6jm
We have recently received updates on a project we financed in Tamilnadu 🇮🇳to enable mothers of 30 rural girls to se… https://t.co/SmtPqvj5sH
Last year we helped the NGO VAO to build 7 toilets for the elementary school of Abrubruwa village 🇬🇭The project inc… https://t.co/LO2slD7Cvu
Last year we helped the mothers of 30 students in rural Tamilnadu 🇮🇳 to provide for their daughters education via a… https://t.co/TBSey7qubu