A international implantation
Since its foundation in Paris in 1833 by a small group of students led by Frederic Ozanam, the Society has expanded quickly across Europe and beyond the continent. From a handful of students, it increased to one hundred members in a few months, and the first conferences were created in other main cities in France. In the years followings , the Society developed rapidly in Europe and worldwide. In 1853, year of the death of Frederic Ozanam, the SVP was present in 29 countries.
Key figures of the SVP
For its 180th anniversary, it has 148 Councils in 140 countries and the number of members is estimated at 800,000:
- Europe: 7334 conferences in 30 countries
- Asia: 7463 conferences in 24 countries
- America: 23 377 conferences in 34 countries
- Oceania : 1359 conferences in 9 countries
- Africa: 5104 conferences in 43 countries
- Brazil alone has 17,166 conferences and 250,000 members
30 million poor helped by day in the world
The current implantation of the Society reflects its important work in poor countries.
- To 16.7% in countries where at least 50% of the national population lives below the poverty line (CIA World Factbook Sources updated in 2012).
- To 48.6% in countries where per capita income (or GDP per capita) ranges from less than $ 1 025 and 4 035 USD per year. (As an indication of the global average GDP per capita stands at $ 8 300 per year).
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul continues to expand. In 2013, 314 new conferences were officially aggregated by the General Council of the International Confederation.