Theme for 2020
Acting together to achieve social and environmental justice for all

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Kibera - Saturday 17 October 2015 - 17 October - Children's and Young People Community Event

Event report

  • We had a gathering with the youths from the slums, 70 young children and 40 young adults where we spent time doing little activities including art, some little games. We ended up with reflections of poverty.

    The children as well as adults were given time to pray for  people who have died due to poverty , their families and friends. We also had two minutes of silence just to help people come to terms with the poverty situation.

  • We shared food which was provided by friends.

Event description

YSMEG (Young Single Mother's Empowerment Group) in link with the Edmund Rice Community based organization will have a 17 October event in Kibera around this year's theme of 0ctober 17th.

Our activities will start from 9 am until 4 pm in one of the local private schools, where we will share food and a meal together.


Manila - Wednesday 21 October 2015 - Celebration in Rizal Park with National Anti Poverty Commission (NAPC)

Event report

Here are photos and a video from our 21 October 2015 event in Manila.

The video is an ATD Fourth World theatre play that was performed during the Manila celebrations. Attached are the Filipino and English transcripts of the play as there are no subtitles.  The day and the play itself has been prepared by a small committee of active ATD members here and in collaboration with the National Anti-Poverty Commission and some NGOs of ATD's network.

See video

Event description

Registration will start at 7am.

Everyone is invited to celebrate the International day for the eradication of extreme poverty in Luneta Park, on October 21st.

The program will cover the morning, from 9am to 12nn.

The event has been prepared in several communities (Metro Manila and relocation sites), and from the contribution of Community member as been created a script for a theater drama !

Thanks to the collaboration of NAPC policies makers will be also able to answer and react from what the will listen.

Luneta park, Manila

London - Saturday 17 October 2015 - Community Open Day: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Event report

Here are some photos from our most recent 17 October event, International Day for Eradication of Poverty. Every 17 October we host a community based, open house event that takes place at our headquarters in South London involving friends, family and other community organisations.

We had writing workshop where we asked people to look at the text of the 17 October Commemorative Stone that was laid in Paris in 1987:

"Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. 

To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty."

In the workshop, people wrote what is important to say and share with others today about poverty.  They also gave ideas for future 17 October events. This is what what they shared:

"I think we should take 17 October outside so other people can listen.  We need to do this so people can take poverty seriously."

"The Government should serve the best interests of the people.  How can poverty be eradicated if human nature is selfish?  The rich get richer and the poor keep getting poorer."

"I can come for the Philippines originally.  I have seen poverty everywhere and hope one day I could help.  If I were to write a message on the stone, it would be:

Education can help eradicate poverty.  Education can not be stolen, use wisely and you reap good rewards."

"Poverty is just a name but to me it is the dark clouds of rain. Human beings were not meant to exist in poverty.  Who has the eyes to see through poverty? Time will tell."

"Getting the Government to take notice of the plight of people living in poverty instead of cutting benefits. More should be done to help.  Not giving to the rich."

"Poverty needs eradicating and people need to do more.  People in poverty feel shame and their human rights are violated and it shouldn't happen."

"Human rights need to be heard.  People need to be listened to.  People in poverty should be supported and respected equally to the rich.  Everyone has a voice."

"People who have learning disabilities are discriminated. People don't want to work with them.  We need to be inclusive, to work together and to understand each other.

Talking about poverty makes me think of discrimination.  Our Prime minister should be more understanding."

"Coming together on this day to air our voices on the behalf of others from all over the world to end poverty. As we have one voice and one goal."

"Poverty could be eradicated if local Government thought things through properly and carefully. They need to stop the mismanagement of funds and re-distribute those funds back to the poorest in society."

This year's event was really inspiring, bringing people together from all walks of life to take a stand against poverty.
Thanks to everyone who took part and especially those who supported us for this special day.

Special thanks to ..

Justice au Coeur, Camberwell house, Rachel, who volunteered to run a Read Aloud session, Lambeth Chinese Community and our special guest from ATD Quart Monde Maurice

Event description

October 17 marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. On this day ATD Fourth World will open the doors to its national headquarters at 48, Addington Square for a day of activities, creative workshops, music and entertainment. 

Bring your family, young and not so young. Show solidarity with people affected by poverty. Find out about poverty, inequality and social exclusion in the UK. Help us to challenge the negative attitudes held towards people who are experiencing poverty. Children will be entertained and there will be a selection of photographs from The Roles We Play: Recognising the Contribution of People in Poverty on exhibition

October 17, will be a day of community, entertainment and learning:

"On this day we recommit to think, decide and act together against extreme poverty -- and plan for a world where no-one is left behind. Our aim must be prosperity for all, not just a few." United Nations' Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

ATD FOURTH WORLD works in partnership with people affected by poverty. We are commitment to representing people living in poverty. We work alongside those we represent, as only together will we find solutions to eradicate extreme poverty in the UK. You can find out more on the day about our commitment to fighting poverty and if you would like to GET INVOLVED this would be the perfect opportunity to find out how.

Activities for adults and children
Creative workshops
Entertainment for all
There will be a short film presentation and multi-media information demonstrating.

Join us for a day of music and activities with a message. 

at 11:30–16:00 pm

FREE ENTRY (donations welcome)

The Roles We Play website:
Twitter: @ATDFourthWorld
Instagram: rolesweplay

48 Addington Square
United Kingdom

Dodoma - Saturday 17 October 2015 - International Day for the Eradication of Extreme Poverty in Dodoma

Event report

The day of the International Day for the Eradication of Extreme Poverty in Dodoma, people from Bambala, Mkonze gathered in Bihawana, the village of Peter Msasu, where he organised with his friends the celebration of the day.

People from other villages had to walk a long way, sometimes more than eight kilometres to join the group, despite the heat and sun. This day gave a chance for them to sit together and to remind themselves about the importance of this day, to discuss all the challenges they are facing day to day like water, school, health care, etc.

Bihawana village and some of the surrounded villages are facing the same challenges. The lack of clean water remains a big problem, Many families struggle a lot to find water, and the water they are finding is not clean for people to use. The villagers decided to organise themselves to dig a well in order to get clean water.

People shared as well about hospitals and schools. Families have to walk for a long time to go to school or hospital, the availability of social health services is still a big problem. Some woman who were pregnant lost their life because of the long journey to hospital.

To work together everyone participates, shares, contributes, everyone is listened to. They organised themselves to cultivate together and be aware that everyone can take part even those who are very weak. In the region some people do not have a stable home or stable work, and have to go from village to village. The community of Peter welcomes them, sometimes at their homes, they find a little job in the farm, or producing and selling local alcohol. Even if life is still difficult they find solidarity and feel part of a group. From the contribution of everyone people find solutions, they have the strong hope to collaborate with those who are given the authority to lead from voting. Its still a big challenge but people do not give up.

Event description

People from Bambala and Mkonze will gather together in Bihawana,  where they will organise a celebration of the International Day for the Eradication of Extreme Poverty in Dodoma.


Njombe - Saturday 17 October 2015 - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty Event in Njombe

Event report

The day of 17 October, International Day for the Eradication of Extreme Poverty, members of the Kisangani Smith Group association and ATD Fourth World Tanzania got together in the Kisangani workshop.

More than fifty people got together to remember the importance to be united and express our refusal of extreme poverty. In the form of a round table everyone could share his vision and commitment. The main concern was focused on issues of education and training.

Kisangani acts every day to train young people who did not have a chance at school and enable them to get skills that will enable them to find work. But besides learning there was a lot of talk about solidarity. Many former students of the association are finding ways to allow other youth to learn in their own workshops, to find training and their place in society. The fight against situations of exclusion is reinforced by the links between people. Reuben, founder of the association pointed out that what should contribute to overcome these situations is also and above all the family, and the support we must find in it to overcome difficult situations.

In this round table at Njombe, four members of ATD Fourth World Tanzania came from Dar es Salaam to participate. One of these delegates, Selemani, working at the Mogogoni Fish Market, shared about his life, a long struggle from childhood, finding on his way solidarity with others who supported him. He insisted on the importance to learn how to read and write even for adults who did not have the chance before. He presented the project 'Education for All' in Dar Es Salaam. Halima, the second delegate, represented the October 17 Committee of Tanzania.

A time of friendship concluded this day.

Event description

Members of the Kisangani Smith Group and ATD Fourth World Tanzania will get together to celebrate the 17 October, International Day for the Eradication of Extreme Poverty.