Poverty and Human Rights

Extreme Poverty: A Violation of Human Rights
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The 'wall of shame'
Roma families from Portugal have demolished the ’wall of shame’ which has surrounded a... Find out more

Initiatives for Change

Coming together to overcome poverty
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Drawing hope and strength from solidarity
In the incredibly blue sky of October 17, 1987, ATD Fourth World founder Fr. Joseph Wresinski... Find out more

International Day - October 17

Leave No One Behind: Think, Decide and Act Together Against Extreme Poverty
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Session of the International Committee for October 17th.
From 7 to 10 June 2016, the Committee will hold its Sixth Session at the Headquarters of the... Find out more

SDGs Project

Sustainable Development Goals 2015-2030
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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2015-2030: Historic Developments, Timid Compromises
27 September: Heads of State at the United Nations are to adopt a final document with 17... Find out more

International mobilisation: 17 October 2015

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Strengthening our water bodies

The recent deluge of rains and floods has taught us lessons which should adhered to for our well being. We have learnt about compassion and supporting each other during this crisis. Most importantly about how not to mess with nature, yes, we have stolen away water bodies and converted them into mansions, property holdings and dump yards. Water... Read more

The 'wall of shame'

Roma families from Portugal have demolished the ’wall of shame’ which has surrounded a very poor area called the ’Pedreiras neighbourhood’ for almost 10 years. It separated the largest Roma community in Beja from the rest of the Alentejo society. For safety reasons, the wall which is 100 metres long and three metres high... Read more
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What I am going to share with you comes straight from the heart.

Everything concerned with poverty, every person left by the wayside, involves me, and I go to see. My work is very simple: I go into the neighbourhoods, I walk around, usually nobody counts the poor, but you can always find them. My desire is to see that the person has a certain dignity; for them to stand up straight, to hold on. It’s a... Read more
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Session of the International Committee for October 17th.

From 7 to 10 June 2016, the Committee will hold its Sixth Session at the Headquarters of the International Movement ATD Fourth World, Pierrelaye (France), with a special event at the International Organisation of La Francophonie in Paris. More information to follow in the coming weeks. Discover the Committee, its members, its actions: Objectives... Read more
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They can't use computers because they don't have electricity.

Dear Forum, Thank you for your Letter to Friends Newsletter. I'm very happy to receive it. And I think, that print and paper is very important also. Do you know, many people, who live in extreme poverty can't use computers (because they haven't electricity),and they need the information about the Forum on Overcoming Extreme Poverty... Read more