In 1866, the French priest Abbé Roussel took in care several orphans, who wandered on the streets of Paris. He wanted each child to be welcomed, cared for, taught to read and write, receive a Christian education and have a job, whatever their background or belief. Ten years after, 200 children were educated every year. Since it was difficult to place the youth in education facilities, in July 1871 the priest decided to open his own workshops to teach them a profession. The orphans of Apprentis d’Auteuil was born.
Even if the two world wars were exceedingly difficult for the institution, it has managed not only to survive, but also to expand, reaching an international organization. Today, Apprentis d’Auteuil takes care of 24,000 young people in France and 5,000 families. At the international level, another 22,000 young people and families benefit from the projects of Apprentis d’Auteuil and its partners in more than 50 countries. There are 26 types of institutions, from the creche to the training center through college or hostel for young workers.
About the stamps
On the back
The first stamp, designed by Eric Fayolle, was issued on January28, 2002, to mark the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
The last stamp, depicting the painting Collioure - Pyrénées-Orientales by André Derain, was issued on June 24, 2002. André Derain (1880-1954) was a French artist, painter, sculptor and co-founder of Fauvism with Henri Matisse.
On the front
The first stamp is the one issued by France for Europa stamps 1965, about which I wrote here..
Apprentis d’Auteuil (french) - Wikipedia
Sender: Jean-Yves Gerlat
Sent from Grenoble (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes / France), on 11.02.2016