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London - Saturday 17 October 2015 - Community Open Day: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
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.
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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 http://therolesweplay.co.uk/
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
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)
Dodoma - Saturday 17 October 2015 - International Day for the Eradication of Extreme Poverty in Dodoma
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.
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
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.
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
Njombe - Saturday 17 October 2015 - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty Event in Njombe
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.
Glasgow - Saturday 17 October 2015 - Poverty is a Violation of Human Rights
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
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.