Raoul Follereau

Raoul Follereau (1903-1977) was a French writer and humanitarian. He established World Leprosy Day (the last Sunday in January each year) and worked tirelessly for the dignity of the poor and marginalized. In France, his name is found on schools, streets, and squares. Today, in seventeen countries, you can find associations that bear the name ‘Raoul Follereau’ and continue his work. His ever-popular poem ‘A Smile’ has been translated into many languages, and is valued for its simple, uplifting message.

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