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"Building a sustainable future: Coming together to end poverty and discrimination"
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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.

Dodoma
Tanzania

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.
Njombe
Tanzania

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

and

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
Tanzania

Glasgow - Saturday 17 October 2015 - Poverty is a Violation of Human Rights

Event report

Today the UN day for the Eradication of poverty, we held a small gathering in George Square. We heard testimonies from people with direct experience of poverty, a small drama skit and singing from Lodging House Mission choir.

People were invited to write messages on their feelings of poverty and throw them into a symbolic black hole, created by a Gorbal's artist. We finished the event off with home made bread and Jam made by the Gorbal's High Rise Bakers. Thanks to everyone who help put this day together and to all who attended

Event description

Come and join us for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty at George Square, Glasgow on October 17th, 12-1pm. We will gather to hear from people experiencing poverty, we will celebrate courage and resillience, and we will share commitments to action to eradicate poverty.

Together, with Bridging the Gap and ATD Fourth World, we believe poverty is a violation of human rights. However, we also believe it is not inevitable. We can challenge it but we must do so by having those with direct experience of poverty lead the movement for change.

Nothing About Us, Without Us, Is For Us.

George Square George St
Glasgow
United Kingdom

New York - Friday 16 October 2015 - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2015

Event report

On 16th October, 2015 a commemoration was held at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, its theme being Building a Sustainable Future: Coming together to end poverty and discrimination. There were some thought-provoking and powerful messages from people living in poverty at the conference.

Their speeches were a key on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty as they brought forward the genuine experiences of living in poverty and the relevance of discrimination being a major factor in breeding poverty and exclusion acting as a barrier for eradicating and overcoming poverty.

The collective message from the children facing discrimination and poverty made one mindful of friendship being an important basic need and that depriving people of friendship is also a form of discrimination and poverty. Jazmine Holloway one of the children speakers said, “Friendship is another way to help end poverty because no child should be left without a friend, without family, without food, and without education. Being friendly can help someone, so even though it may only be a few words, it can lift someone’s spirit for a moment in time.” She also spoke of discrimination, “In our neighborhoods and schools, bullying and discrimination happen a lot.

Children get bullied for things like their religion, nationality, or skin color; because they live in a shelter or answer a question wrong. As children, we want to stop discrimination and bullying, but it takes a lot of effort and responsibility. We can work together to stop this kind of behavior by being an example of positive behavior, by not bullying others, and by sticking up for other children who are being bullied.”

Henri Yamasheta Wilson, another representative for the people living in poverty delivered impactful messages, expressing “The first thing that hurts us is being divided. Everybody is separating, but everybody has to play a part to come together. Police in some neighborhoods have forbidden people to stay on the stoop. The fact that people were on the stoop was a big part of the community. They were looking out for one another’s children, and they were helping to prevent crime, because that way everybody knew what was happening on the block. When the police prevent people from staying on the stoop, it does a lot of damage to the sense of community.” Consequently, the president of the International Committee for October 17, Donald Lee, said in his speech, “People living in poverty must be full and equal partners in building a just and sustainable future. Their full participation, particularly in the decisions that affect their lives and communities, must be at the center of policies and strategies to build a sustainable future. Too often there has been token participation of people living in poverty and as a result their valuable knowledge and experience have been overlooked or discounted. We must work together to guarantee that our planet can meet the needs of everyone – not only those of a privileged few.”

Importantly, Henri Yamasheta also expressed that “For us in New York City, we realized that people living in poverty are cleaning up the planet for us in a lot of places, but they are not only building their future — they are building OUR future. People struggling to feed their families don’t wait around to be given what they are entitled to. But if they are cleaning junk, they are identified with junk – even if they are doing what they can to make a better living. None of us lets poverty eat at us. We are all trying to make our way out of it. If we respect one another, if we can see that we’re all human beings, that we’re the same species, we could come to terms with all of our problems and fix them. But there’s always this separation: ‘I’m better than you,’ or ‘I make more money than you.’” Once again this message is a reminder that of “coming together to end poverty and discrimination.” Donald Lee spoke on these terms “that when poverty is measured only in terms of money, it diminishes the dignity of people living in poverty and their daily struggle to overcome poverty. It sidesteps the recognition of poverty as a denial of human rights or that poverty is complex and multi-dimensional in nature.”

His Excellency, Mr. François Delattre’s, the Permanent Representative of France to the UN, message at the conference was that the adoption of SDGs is a revolution itself its first goal being the eradication of extreme poverty, for which the most essential feature is “solidarity”. The key word, he mentioned, is to “overcome” poverty, which requires both people living in and out of poverty to work jointly in vanquishing poverty and discrimination.

Event description

The 2015 Commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP) will be held on Friday, 16 October at United Nations Headquarters in New York, focusing on the theme -

"Building a sustainable future: Coming together to end poverty and discrimination"

Friday 16 October, 2015

1:15 pm - 2.30 pm

Conference Room 2, CB

On the program:

Message of the Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon

Keynote speeches by people living in poverty

Videos and musical performance

http://bit.ly/IDEP2015

RSVP: nycteam [at] 4thworldmovement [dot] org

    Concept Note in the following languages:

Flyer of the event

This year's event is organized in partnership with the International Movement ATD Fourth World, the NGO Committee for Social Development and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, supported by the Missions of France and Burkina Faso to the United Nations.

In addition to the Commemoration in New York, celebrations of this International Day are being organized worldwide. Through resolution A/RES/47/196 adopted on 22 December 1992, the General Assembly invited all States to devote the Day to presenting and promoting concrete activities with regard to the eradication of poverty and destitution. 

United Nations Conference Room 2, CB
New York
United States