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A PLEINES MAINS is a group of volunteers set up in Shanghai in 1999 to meet and help those most in need.
This group has been continuously active since then, despite a high turnover of volunteers due to our "expatriate situation".

We are a bridge between outcast people and volunteers, everybody benefits from it.

A PLEINES MAINS develops its own charity projects and supports other projects and activities set up by different charity associations (see Projects page). All the projects are carefully selected and followed. We mainly support projects involving a group of people rather than individuals.
A few milestones in APM's history
1999: The association APM is founded by two French women, to raise funds for the needy in China through a fundraising carnival and sales of used goods
2000: First visits to orphanages in Shanghai
2003: First fundraising event - Bike rally in the former French Concession
2005: Expansion of monthly sales
2008: Publication of our bilingual guidebook to Shanghai: "Walks in the heart of the Former French Concession"
2010: Our first secondhand Book corner "A Pleines Pages" opens to the public
2012: Publication of our first trilingual cookbook, "Baguettes & Fourchettes, Recipes for more happiness"
2013: Opening of our salesroom and depot located at 115 Hong Zhong Road, Lane 2
2015: Opening of two new APP book corners, in Qingpu and central Shanghai
2016: Collaboration with HERE café for the sale of secondhand books & opening of a new main showroom in Zhuguang lu, Qingpu
2017: HERE café becomes Books_in_Space, closure of the Zhuguang lu showroom & opening of a new showroom in Shuanglian lu, Qingpu
2018: Closure of Books in Space and opening, and closure, of Studio 32, our Book Corner in Central Shanghai
             Registration as a Charity in China