17 October 2015 - Event Reports from Around the World

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Glasgow, Scotland: Nothing about us, without us, is for us.

People were invited to write messages on their feelings of poverty and throw them into a symbolic black hole.

New Orleans, United States:Coming together to end poverty and discrimination

A collective art workshop in small groups was used as an ice breaker. Braiding pieces of fabric before braiding our respective experiences.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Dining in the Dark

The Dining in the Dark experience is where they guide and serve people with sight in complete darkness.  Changing roles raises awareness of the hardships that people with visual impairment face in our society.

Kiberia, Kenya: Reflections of Poverty

We had a gathering with young people from the slums, 70 young children and 40 young adults. We spent time doing little activities; art and games. We ended up with reflections of poverty.

Johannesburg, South Africa: Paint it Purple Campaign

A self help group comprised of the parents or caregivers of children with disabilities and facilitated by local NGO Afrika Tikkun has launched the Paint it Purple Campaign to educate the community and challenge stigmas around disabilities.

Limerick, Ireland: Art and the stories behind them

A large group gathered in Hospital Family Resource Centre to launch artwork to mark UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty 17 October. The art works are on display in Hospital FRC for public viewing for the next 2 weeks and it is hoped to tour FRCs and public libraries in the coming months.

Sofia, Bulgaria: Community Bread Making

On the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the Bread Houses Network in Bulgaria ran a community bread making event in Sofia Bread house, to make, bake and share bread. People came to create our bread story for a world without poverty.

Yilan City, Taiwan: How do you refuse poverty?

Friends from various organisations bore witness of their experience and knowledge stemming from a close life with people living in poverty. This event demonstrated how we are all working together to overcome extreme poverty through individual and shared commitments and action.