Theme for 2021
Building Forward Together: Ending Persistent Poverty, Respecting all People and our Planet

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  • Testimonies: messages from people living in extreme poverty,...
  • Presentation: the meaning of the Day, its spirit,...
  • Highlights: activities, messages, significant gestures,...
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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.


Dar es Salaam - Saturday 17 October 2015 - Education for All

Event report

On the International Day for the Eradication of Extreme Poverty members of the international movement ATD Fourth World came together to celebrate this day at Makumbusho Village, Dar es Salaam. The event gathered different group of people, teachers, friends of the Movement, parents with their children and young people from different places. The day was composed by different times, drama from the youth group, reading of testimony and working in small groups on a question linked with education, especially focused on primary school.

Every one was ready to participate in a different way. During the time of working together we had two times, first a time of listen to different testimony from different places (Tegeta, Tandale) and reading a letter from the ATD Fourth World Movement International Leadership Team. The testimonies were an opportunity for the voices of the poorest people to speak on this years theme. During another time all adults worked in small groups discussing on a question in connection with the project of Education For All. The question was “What are my responsibilities to ensure the poorest children start and finish primary school?”. Also the Young Friends of ATD group were with the children to facilitate different games and activities and presented an impressive drama about education issues.

It was very interesting on this day to see teachers, young people and people living the most extreme difficulties together for a day to remember our commitment in fighting poverty. The organisation of the day ensured every person had his or her place and participated in a meaningful way.The day finished with a time of friendship where all people had a lunch and drinks together followed by musical entertainment of traditional drummers and dancers.

Event description

Mwalimu Julius Nyerere

Education for All

for a Sustainable Development to

end poverty and discrimination

The Community of Tandale


ATD Fourth World

invite you to participate in a public debate to ensure children

enjoy successful primary school education.

Place: Tandale Pakacha, Dar es Salaam

Date: 17 October, 2015

Time: 9.00am to 4pm

Contact: 0715 547490 & 0717 308576

This event is part of the commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2015, Building a Sustainable Future:

Coming Together to end Poverty and Discrimination.

Refreshments will be provided.

“Wherever men and women are condemned to live in poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure these rights are respected is our solemn duty.”

Fr. Joseph Wresinski

Tandale Pakacha
Dar es Salaam