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Leave No One Behind: Think, Decide and Act Together Against Extreme Poverty
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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

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
South Africa

Mymensingh - Thursday 16 October 2014 - Communal Lunch

Event report

Photos from our 17 October Communal Lunch. More details to follow soon.

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

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

Geneva - Friday 17 October 2014 - Leave No One Behind: Think, Decide and Act Together Against Extreme Poverty

Event report

This year, the October 17th commemoration at the UN in Geneva took the form of a roundtable discussion focused on ATD's commitment to promote a more just and people-centered economic model. Xavier Godinot, ATD permanent volunteer responsible for the Movement's work on the MDGs, introduced a video on the results of the MDG evaluation carried out with people living in poverty, and then commented on some of the implications for current strategies to promote opportunities for improving living standards.  Jean-Claude Etienne, representing the local October 17th Coalition, spoke of the challenges faced by people living in poverty in Geneva - the negative stereotypes, the difficulties in finding affordable housing, the paperwork required to benefit from social assistance....  Because the 4th World Investment Forum organized by the UN Conference on Trade and Development had just been brought to a close, Mr. Jurg Weber, UNCTAD's Director of Investment Policy Branch, presented the Forum results that were the most important for poverty eradication.  The participants then heard from the owners of two small companies working with people in poverty in South Africa and Mexico.

Following the question and answer period, the participants were invited to a reception offered in part by the Mission of Belgium to the UN in Geneva.

Event description



Leave No One Behind:

Think, Decide and Act Together Against Extreme Poverty

Friday, 17 October 2014, Room (TBC)

Organized by

United Nations Office in Geneva and International Movement ATD Fourth World


Through Resolution a/RES/47/196 adopted on 22 December 1992, the General Assembly declared 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and invited all States to devote the Day to presenting and promoting, as appropriate in the national context, concrete activities with regard to the eradication of poverty and destitution.


The theme chosen for this year is “Leave No One Behind: Think, Decide and Act Together against Extreme Poverty”

The international community has repeatedly reaffirmed its commitment to overcome extreme poverty and yet, today many countries are still struggling to find strategies to effectively reach the those who are the most disadvantaged. In the context of the negotiations around the post-2015 agenda, discussion is once again focused on ways to eradicate extreme poverty.

The International day for the eradication of poverty reflects the commitments and contributions of people fighting extreme poverty on a daily basis and it honours the victims of extreme poverty by reaffirming the link between poverty and human rights.

The Day is also meant to promote mutual understanding, solidarity and the shared responsibility of all individuals and groups from different backgrounds, working in close collaboration with people living in poverty.

This year, The World Investment Forum takes place in Geneva from 13th to 16th October to discuss investment needs, opportunities and strategies to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and offer recommendations that are relevant to the new set of SDGs/post-2015 agenda. This year's commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty will therefore be dedicated to the issue of how investments can be channelled to support the efforts that people living in extreme poverty are already making to improve their situation. Key to the development of effective strategies is the involvement of people directly concerned in their design and implementation.

The commemoration will provide a unique opportunity to promote encounters between people living in extreme poverty and other citizens around a common desire and commitment to eradicate extreme poverty. The programme will include statements by people living in extreme poverty, government representatives, one of the UNCTAD organizers of the World Investment Forum, representatives of civil societies who work closely with people living in extreme poverty and a local coalition working against extreme poverty.

Palais des Nations

Ja-Ela - Friday 17 October 2014 - 17 October celebrations in Purnodaya

Event report

October 17th 2914, International Day for Eradication of Poverty

“Together Against Extreme Poverty”

The evening was very pleasant with good weather, with our prayerful and organizational preparations we were ready for the moment of the Day that was assigned for three events.

  • Celebration of the International Day for Eradication of Poverty

  • Launch of the Sinhala translation of the book JOSEPH

  • Commemoration of the 88th birth anniversary of our beloved father Dalston Forbes OMI, founder trustee and spiritual director of Purnodaya.

Our venue was filled with the invitees and the chief guest Emeritus Archbishop Nicholas Marcus Fernando and the guest of honor were all on time and they were welcomed by Martin Costa to the applause of the guests.

In the midst of the smiling and eager moods of the audience the session began with the invocation of blessings from God, our Father, followed by the garlanding of the portraits of Fr. Joseph Wresinski, and Fr. Dalton Forbes, by the chief guest and the a guest of honor and lighting of the oil lamps, invoking light over the misery of the poorest in the world, with a welcome dance by the children.

At the solemn moment of the Day all rose up with the universal witness of Fr. Joseph in hand and together read few verses from it with deep feelings for the universal poor, remembering them, joining with them in their struggle, and invoking blessings to rid poverty from all humanity.

It was the turn for Martin Costa to introduce the Day. He with his usual smiles said that he was happy to face this Day once again in honor of the poor and Fr. Joseph Wresinski, who was solely responsible to inaugurate this Day working hard with the United Nations and other International Authorities. He also appreciated the Live Legacy of the Vision and Mission of Fr. Joseph being carried out by the ATD with the volunteers who have taken a great risk in life to serve the cause for eradication of Poverty. He said that Purnodaya was happy and proud to have published three translation of books in relation to the life of Fr. Joseph, Blessed are you the Poor, Voice of the Poorest and Joseph.

He ended up appealing to all at least to see and meet the poorest in one’s umbrella level and render whatever is possible within one’s means and said that it is what Purnodaya has been doing in the last twenty six years.

It was the turn for Asunta to introduce her debut translation JOSEPH. She said that she did this noble job of translation at the request of Martin Costa who is very close to the vision and mission of Fr. Joseph in the work at Purnodaya. Her first reading of the English script quickly prompted her to get on with the job. She did not elaborate much on the contents in the book, but spot lighted some charteristics she herself continue to ponder and enjoy as appetizers for the readers.

At the golden moment, Martin Costa presented the first copy of JOSEPH to Emeritus Archbishop Nicholas Marcus Fernando, followed by to Frs. Leo Perera and Lal Pushpadeva, Mrs. Enid Costa, and to few others who contributed to the translation in proof reading, editing and other .

Fr. Leo Perera, in his address appreciated the service done by Purnodaya in the last twenty six years to eradicate poverty in the form of education and other possible means and called on every one to be a helper and a guide to the poor within their possibilities and be partners in eradicating poverty.

Fr. Lal Pusphdeva highlighted the dangers the youth face and adhere through what is presented in the media and that the media today has become the guide and decider of what one should do. As the poor are not exempted from this dilemma, it is an added obligation to think and act in eradicating poverty .

Martin Costa expressed his thanks to the International Movement ATD. Fourth World for the cooperation rendered to Purnodaya and read out a summary translation of the message of felicitation sent by the Director General ATD.

Emeritus Archbishop in concluding the Session imparting his apostolic blessings thanked for organizing the Day which is a great honor to the poor and those who serve them, and emphasized the need to be for the poor as we all have been called by Jesus.

Mt.25.40 “Whatever you do to the least you do it to me” Jesus

I am sure that the events and spirit of the Day touched the hearts of those who are already engaged in the missions of eradicating poverty gearing them with further strength and others to begin to help and guide the poor in some form possible for them.

The Evening ended with a simple cocktail of short eats and a delicious cup of Nescafe enjoyed together.

It was a very strengthening day for our past and present children and parents who were gathered in good number.

I wish that many more hearts will begin not only to see the misery of the world of poverty and use their might in joining hands to rid this misery that all humanity shall soon live Upholding one’s Human Dignity.

Thanks you Jesus.

Martin Costa

Founder Chairman


25th October 2014

Event description

For this years 17 October, we will be launching and presenting the book 'Joseph' that has been translated into Sinhala.  The book Joseph is about the childhood of Father Joseph Wresinski, founder of the International Movement ATD Fourth World.  The children will be presenting  three theatre performances about his life.

Purnodaya 28 Chandra Place
Sri Lanka