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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.

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
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

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

Sofia - Saturday 17 October 2015 - Collective bread-making to stop poverty

Event report

People came to the Sofia Bread House to make, bake and share bread. We created our bread story for a world without poverty.

Event description

On the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the Bread Houses Network in Bulgaria invites you to join our community bread-making at 4 pm in Sofia Bread House to make, bake and share bread.

Come with friends and family to create our bread-story for a world without poverty!

More information you can find on our Facebook event (in Bulgarian):

Beethoven Street, 12

New Orleans - Saturday 17 October 2015 - Building a sustainable future: Coming together to end poverty and discrimination

Event report

A beautiful blue sky, very pleasant temperatures. We gathered around 3pm that day at A.L. Davis Park in Central City. At first just a handful of us, but by 3.30 it was nearly 60 people getting ready to march. The Royal Players Brass Band started playing and opened the march. We had colorful banners that were prepared by the children of the Street Libraries the weeks before the event. Marching in music on the streets, people came out the see what was going on. Some would look at the banners “Dignity Not Poverty” and “Leave No One Behind” and would give a thumb up or nod with their head to express their approval.

The march ended at First Street Peck Wesley United Methodist Church. There, we had snacks and drinks for people to relieve their thirst. The band left us, going to another event, and we entered the church where Rev. Orphe welcomed us all. Mr Troy Douse –who lives in the 7th Ward- was our Master of Ceremony and lead 50 of us through a simple yet very touching commemoration.

After the more formal part of the commemoration, we watched a short video that was showing different perspectives on the theme for this year’s event Building a sustainable Future: Coming together to end poverty and discrimination. We then divided ourselves into small groups. A collective art workshop was used in each group as an ice breaker. Braiding pieces of fabric before braiding our respective experiences.

The braids were then assembled to form a chain. Groups gathered to form a human chain while singing Lean on me.

We ended our gathering with a shared meal prepared with much love by community members. Every participant left with a piece of braid, a material memory of the day.

Event description

We believe some of the factors that play a major role in” Building a  sustainable future: Coming together to end poverty and discrimination” are; Solidarity, shared responsibility, commitment, respecting the dignity of each person , mobilization, and linking poverty & Human Rights. On October 17, 2015 The New Orleans team has planned an eventful and informative day for the community!

October 17th is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty! In recognition and solidarity, we will be marching from AL Davis Park to United Methodist Church on Dryades St. in recognition of people facing poverty here in New Orleans and all over the world. The march is open to anyone and everyone!

There will be snacks at the church and we will have some team building activities, live testimonies, and a video presentation with local community leaders.

We will have a collective art workshop with fabric pieces at the United Methodist Church as well. If possible, bring a piece of fabric around 21x2-3 inches for the project.

There will be kids activities too with Ms. Hao.

Order of Event   

March against poverty

Video Presentation

Collective Creative Art

Story circle

Solemn Commemoration

Shared meal

2309 Dryades Street, First Street Peck Wesley United Methodist Church,Rev. Martha Orphe
New Orleans
United States