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

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Davao - Monday 17 October 2016 - Children's rights and protection

In Davao City, Philippines:

Nearby the Replica of the Commemorative Stone to Honor Victims of Extreme Poverty is the Leon Garcia Sr. National High School and Elementary School. Part of the Commemoration is to keep Teachers updated and conversant about the children and parents of the surrounding urban poor communities.

Davao City and the Civil Society Organizations are keeping up with the campaign for "children's rights and protection".


London - Sunday 16 October 2016 - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

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ATD Fourth World UK celebrated the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty with an open house event. There was music, magic, poems, workshops and testimonies.

Event description

17 October marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

On Sunday, 16 October 2016, ATD Fourth World will open the doors to its national headquarters at 48, Addington Square, London, for a day of activities, creative workshops and music (feat Sumner Anderson

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 and also around the world.

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

16 October, will be a day of community, creativity and learning. The theme this year: Moving from humiliation and exclusion to participation: Ending poverty in all its forms was selected in consultation with activists, civil society and non-governmental organisations. It highlights how important it is to recognise and address the humiliation and exclusion endured by many people living in poverty.

ATD FOURTH WORLD works in partnership with people affected by poverty. We are committed 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 Music Testimonies describing the struggles against poverty A multimedia room displaying information about the 17 October worldwide

48 Addington Square
United Kingdom

Dar Es Salaam - Saturday 15 October 2016 - Celebrating 17 October- Dar-Es-Salaam

Event report

More than 300 people got together at Makembusho Village of Dar es Salaam. Families came from places like Tegeta, Chasimba, Tandale and Fish Market. This day is an opportunity for them to get together.

A large group of persons from the Fish Market came. They are part of a literacy class. They could share testimonies, the difficulty not to know how to read and write, the challenge to follow the lessons, because of life. For the first time, thanks to their learning, two of them could read their own testimonies.

Someone from Chasimba could share about her commitment after having been supported to get her children's birth certificates. From now on she decided to participate in her community in order to support those who don't know and don't dare to get the document.

Traditional musics and common time for lunch concluded this day of celebration.

Event description

To celebrate 17 October, a meeting will take place during the day with families from different districts of Dar Es Salaam, friends of the ATD Fourth World Movement, and representatives from various associations and public organisations.

There will also be musical performances, workshops, physical activities, testimonies and workshops throughout the day.

This event will take place at the Makembusho Village Museum, which is a symbolic place of culture where you can learn about the history of Tanzania.

New City Road
Dar Es Salaam

Glasgow - Monday 17 October 2016 - Moving from humiliation and exclusion to participation: Ending poverty in all its forms

Event report

17th October, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. We marked this special day in George Square today round the commemorative stone. There were lots of readings and songs which cleared the rain away.

Well done to all who braved the weather and to Caroline, Cathy, William, Trisha, Olivia and Aidan for taking part and reading stories from around the globe and locally of experiences of poverty.

Thanks to everyone who came. A great turn out

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Our 17th October event will take place in George Square in Glasgow from 12pm-1pm around the commemorative stone. 

People with direct experience of poverty will speak aloud their testimonies in the centre of the city of Glasgow. 

Children will read aloud stories from around the world.  There will be music and singing and people will be invited to write a message of support for everyone living in poverty. 

George Square
United Kingdom

Plovdiv - Monday 17 October 2016 - Meeting with the inhabitants of Stolipinovo

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Message from October 17, 2016 in Stolipinovo, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

During the last months, we were meeting people in the neighbourhood of Stolipinovo, in Plovdiv - Bulgaria. With inhabitants facing poverty and discrimination, we have been writing some of their sentences on the chairs we were sitting on while sharing, or on the wooden cubes created with a craftsman from Stolipinovo.

On the occasion of October 17, 2016, we continued to speak with inhabitants and also some children have drawn what is important for them on the cubes.

Some of their sentences, their thoughts have been gathered and included in this text, along with photographic materials in order to visualise the cubes:

Our biggest problems are the electricity, the water and the registration, the documents.

- Everything needs to be fixed, to be repaired; we cannot live in such filth. The playgrounds need to be repaired so that the children will not have to play in the dirt. The basements are filled with water to the top; the block is going to collapse.

- Life is very difficult, I am poor, I don’t have electricity.

- For 35 years I have not had any water supply in the apartment. I cannot live without water.

- The live in the illegal houses, without electricity and without water supply, it is so difficult that my grandson is in the hospital.

- How many people are living in such a small room – the father, the mother and their three children?

During the cold months, in the blocks or in the small kiosks in front of them, people light their stoves with everything they can find like car tyres... Due to the smoke, the children cannot breathe inside the apartments.

May God give everybody health.

We draw our power from God. It doesn’t come from us.

In order to understand the future, you need to get to know the past.

I am Bulgarian, but the state doesn’t recognize anything. We are kind of Alien.

I want to have my own house, not to live in misery;

I want my son to have a life like all other children;

But poverty is ongoing;

Whatever we do, nothing helps.

The hard life unites people. How boring and ugly the life would be if there was only one flower?

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