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Moving from humiliation and exclusion to participation: Ending poverty in all its forms

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Glasgow - Monday 17 October 2016 - Moving from humiliation and exclusion to participation: Ending poverty in all its forms

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17th October, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. We marked this special day in George Square today round the commemorative stone. There were lots of readings and songs which cleared the rain away.

Well done to all who braved the weather and to Caroline, Cathy, William, Trisha, Olivia and Aidan for taking part and reading stories from around the globe and locally of experiences of poverty.

Thanks to everyone who came. A great turn out

Event description

Our 17th October event will take place in George Square in Glasgow from 12pm-1pm around the commemorative stone. 

People with direct experience of poverty will speak aloud their testimonies in the centre of the city of Glasgow. 

Children will read aloud stories from around the world.  There will be music and singing and people will be invited to write a message of support for everyone living in poverty. 

George Square
United Kingdom

Plovdiv - Monday 17 October 2016 - Meeting with the inhabitants of Stolipinovo

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Message from October 17, 2016 in Stolipinovo, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

During the last months, we were meeting people in the neighbourhood of Stolipinovo, in Plovdiv - Bulgaria. With inhabitants facing poverty and discrimination, we have been writing some of their sentences on the chairs we were sitting on while sharing, or on the wooden cubes created with a craftsman from Stolipinovo.

On the occasion of October 17, 2016, we continued to speak with inhabitants and also some children have drawn what is important for them on the cubes.

Some of their sentences, their thoughts have been gathered and included in this text, along with photographic materials in order to visualise the cubes:

Our biggest problems are the electricity, the water and the registration, the documents.

- Everything needs to be fixed, to be repaired; we cannot live in such filth. The playgrounds need to be repaired so that the children will not have to play in the dirt. The basements are filled with water to the top; the block is going to collapse.

- Life is very difficult, I am poor, I don’t have electricity.

- For 35 years I have not had any water supply in the apartment. I cannot live without water.

- The live in the illegal houses, without electricity and without water supply, it is so difficult that my grandson is in the hospital.

- How many people are living in such a small room – the father, the mother and their three children?

During the cold months, in the blocks or in the small kiosks in front of them, people light their stoves with everything they can find like car tyres... Due to the smoke, the children cannot breathe inside the apartments.

May God give everybody health.

We draw our power from God. It doesn’t come from us.

In order to understand the future, you need to get to know the past.

I am Bulgarian, but the state doesn’t recognize anything. We are kind of Alien.

I want to have my own house, not to live in misery;

I want my son to have a life like all other children;

But poverty is ongoing;

Whatever we do, nothing helps.

The hard life unites people. How boring and ugly the life would be if there was only one flower?

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Clinchco, Dickenson County, Virginia - Monday 17 October 2016 - Potluck supper followed by a celebration on the theme of participation

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We had a record number of people come to our event, 58 and that is big for here. A mix of faithful local people who never miss this day, elected officials, and ten students from Notre Dame University who were in the county for a week of civil service, mainly housing repairs for people who can't afford it. We always start by a potluck supper which is a nice way for people to mingle. The celebration itself lasted about one hour. It started with a song on the theme of Participation: Every Voice Counts. The music was on the tune of "Anticipation" and the lyrics made by us. Followed by a quiz on various issues related to poverty. Then a series of testimonies and songs by Linda Dixon, a well-known local singer and the refrain of Participation in between each testimony. Then people read aloud together what we call here the October 17 Poem which is Father Joseph's speech, "Millions.." and a young local musician ended the evening.

Event description

At 5:30pm

Potluck supper followed by a celebration on the theme of participation.

Testimonies and music.

Each year the Board of Supervisors passes a resolution for the observance of the day. Please read it below.

Dickenson County, Virginia, USA

At the Senior Citizen Center on Main Street, Clinchco

Main Street Senior Citizen Center
Clinchco, Dickenson County, Virginia
United States

Mymensingh - Friday 21 October 2016 - A society that leaves no one behind and reaches out to the poorest.

MATI Bangladesh will have an event on the 21 October in link with the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

All the students who receive MATI school scholarships are invited, and there will be among other things a drawing competition with the title “ A society that leaves no one behind and reaches out to the poorest”. There will also be the communal lunch and an activity with these people.


Manthali - Monday 17 October 2016 - Commemoration in a village and school

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Some photos from our Celebration of World Poverty Day from the village of Manthali school children in Ramechap District, Nepal, organized by Ms. Namrata Sharma from RHEST

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The Rural Health and Education Service Trust (RHEST) will celebrate the World Poverty Day in the village of Manthali with school children in Ramechap District, Nepal.