France Poste issues a stamp honoring the founding of the Apprentis d'Auteuil, located in the Chateau des Vaux (Eure-et-Loir region), offering each year to about 800 young people in difficulty an overall support in education and schooling to reconnect them to the successful social life.
Founded in 1866 by Father Louis Roussel, and then developed in the early twentieth century by Father Daniel Brottier, the foundation Apprentis d'Auteuil was originally oriented to the education of orphans to whom it allowed to learn a trade . "Create, act and innovate on service of poorest and most disadvantaged children" was the slogan of the two founders.
Over the years and changes in society, Apprentis d'Auteuil dedicated itself to hiring and training of young people with learning, social or family difficulties. Being a Catholic foundation, it is now under the Ministry of the Interior, the Archbishop of Paris and the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. It currently manages more than 200 facilities where 14,000 young people are accepted.
The Chateau des Vaux, located 40 km from Chartres, is a flagship institution of the foundation since 1946. It is composed of buildings dating from the XVII century, enlarged and decorated in the 1880s by the then owner, Marquis de Pomereu d'Aligre. The buildings were surrounded by French gardens, transformed nowadays into "landscaped school" where students of the high school of horticulture and landscaping work. A series of parks and woods of 110 hectares also surround the castle.
The issued stamp illustrates different vocational courses offered at the Chateau des Vaux, including carpentry, painting, bakery, cuisine, marketing services in restoration and landscaping trades, horticulture and flower growing.