Theme for 2014
Leave No One Behind: Think, Decide and Act Together Against Extreme Poverty
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Mymensingh - Thursday 16 October 2014 - Communal Lunch

Event report

We collected ideas among Mati staff and volunteers of the youth club which Mati runs for teenagers from poor families in Mymensingh Sankipara how we would celebrate October 17th.

We gave some thought to the matter, how we could honour the pledge to “include everyone and leave no one behind”. We did not want to invite the families to a “program for the poor”, but to a “program for neighbours”. Thus we decided that we would turn our weekly communal lunch into a small feast for all families. The volunteers, who are girls who receive a school scholarship through MATI, volunteered to decorate the MATI Courtyard, and it looked really lovely with a lot of glitter and balloons. Every staff-member brought a home-made dish for dessert to share among all. A meal was cooked with the help of many, and we had meat, which is a real treat for many people here. After the meal we invited the children to join in games, like musical chair, and the adults wanted to play as well, and were very strong competitors. We had a lot to laugh… a woman, who earns her income through begging, was the winner, and she joyfully collected the prize: a bag of sweets. The children were then invited for a children’s movie „Meena“, who is a girl from a poor family, but she is brave and fights for herself and for others. In one series she fights for her right to education, in another she motivates other children to stand up to the bullies who harass girls on the way to school. Meena is very popular in Bangladesh.

We had also prepared a mural to commemorate the day on our front wall: hands of people from all races carrying the globe: Join hands to overcome poverty. 17th of October. This was done by a local artist. The next day, all the children came back to leave their colourful hand-print on the wall, to symbolize that we all together can join in. Some boys from a nearby madrasa also stopped on their way home to take part, throwing fearful looks at their teacher, who watched from a distance, but he did not spoil their fun.

Andrea Rahaman

Event description

MATI NGO in Mymensingh invite all people from the communities surrounding their house for a Communal Lunch on Thursday October 16, 12:00, at MATI Headquarters.

120 to 150 persons are expected altogether, from poor communities and from more affluent households. Thursdays Communal Lunch at MATI are the opportunity to spend time together without giving so much emphasize on the differences between us and to attest our common humanness and  the importance of relationships.

Program after lunch will comprise games for all, a children's cinema and a wallpainting activity in front of Mati's office in order to keep memory of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.  One mural will be done by the children and one other mural will be done by an artist .

To know more about MATI, visit www.matibangladesh.org

MATI is based in Mymensingh, working on self defined rural development. MATI has been used to celebrating October 17th for 4 years now.

67/1 S. A. Sarker Road Sankipara
Mymensingh
Bangladesh

Drogheda - Friday 17 October 2014 - Unveiling of Art Piece to mark the UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Event report

In order to promote public awareness of the issue, employees of the Louth Community Drugs and Alcohol Team, with funding from the Department of Social Protection, have over the past number of weeks created a large piece of art work which was unveiled on 17th October gathering in West Street.

Discover report of event in Drogheda Life

Event description

Invitation to a gathering to unveil an Art Piece created by LCDATs (Louth Community Drug and Alcohol Team) Community Employment Staff to mark the UN's Day for the Eradication of Poverty, 17 October at 11 o'clock outside St Peter's Church, West Street, Drogheda.

St Peter's Church West Street
Drogheda
Ireland

Athlone - Friday 17 October 2014 - Interactive art piece for the UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

Event report

Fantastic turn out to the launch of our Interactive art piece for the UN eradication of Poverty. Thanks to all the residents who showed their support to the Men's Shed. Massive thanks to Mayor Frankie Keena for unveiling the piece, thanks to members from Athlone Community Radio and the newspapers. And last but not least to Patsy Preston : Visual Artist for her guidance, imagination and incredible artistic ability.

Event description

The Men's Shed along with the Monsignor McCarthy Family Resource Centre would like to invite you to our event for The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty this Friday 17th October at 11.30am which will be held at the playground in Battery Heights, Athlone.

We have constructed an art piece which will be unveiled at this event by the Municipal Town Mayor Frankie Keena. The piece introduces the issue of child poverty to illustrate the Irish statistics that 1 in 10 children in Ireland are at risk of poverty. The piece is an interactive table containing 10 plates which have an abacus play frame on each one, except one (this one to represent the one child in poverty).

Battery Heights
Athlone
Ireland

Dar es Salaam - Saturday 18 October 2014 - Tanzania - Leave no one behind: Think, decide and act together against extreme poverty

Commemorating the World Day to Overcome Extreme Poverty 2014

Leave no one behind: Think, decide and act together against extreme poverty.

This year the members of ATD Fourth World Tanzania will join with the children and teachers of the Buguruni School for the Deaf to commemorate the World Day to Overcome Extreme Poverty on Saturday, 18 October 2014.

In advance of the day, the ATD team has been visiting people living in extreme poverty to listen and write short testimonies of examples when they acted together with others to overcome extreme poverty and ensure no one was left behind. Some of the students, teachers and school headmistress from the Buguruni School for the Deaf are also preparing testimonies.

On the day of the commemoration, the members of ATD Fourth World Tanzania will join with the students and teachers to spend the morning cleaning the school. Then together they will listen and watch, through spoken word and sign language, testimonies, poems and other messages. The day will finish by enjoying some refreshments together.

Buguruni School for the Deaf
Dar es Salaam
Tanzania

Parktown - Friday 17 October 2014 - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty Campaign

The National Development Agency is embarking on the 2014 campaign to commemorate the International Day for the Eradication Poverty. The NDA has a mandate to contribute towards poverty eradication in South Africa. Since its inception in 2002, the NDA has seen a growing number of people living in abject poverty due to many factors ranging from the economy, social and environmental issues.

The campaign will be commemorated under UN theme: “Leave no one behind: think, decide and act together against extreme poverty”

The Campaign The campaign will be launched on Friday, 17 October 2014 and the countdown to the launch will commence on Friday, 10 October 2014. The campaign identity will be marked by the colour green and themed 17 acts of good will. In Numerology, 17 symbolises - insight, responsibility, self-discipline, strength, compassion, spiritual consciousness, wisdom, a desire for peace and love for all of humanity.  

The color green symbolises - balance, harmony and growth. The objectives of the campaign are to:

• to create awareness of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and its meaning to all South Africans

• to mobilise all stakeholders from government, civil society organisations, business and media to take action that will contribute towards the eradication of poverty beyond the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) deadline

• to call South Africans to stand up and say no to poverty

Partnership/ A call to action The NDA is calling on all South Africans and organisations to join hands to highlight the plight of many South African who are living under extreme poverty conditions. Each minute spent thinking and talking about poverty will never be gained so let’s all stand and develop our own communities.  

For more information please read the attached National Poverty document:

26 Wellington Road
Parktown
South Africa