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Dar Es Salaam - Saturday 15 October 2016 - Celebrating 17 October- Dar-Es-Salaam
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.
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.
Glasgow - Monday 17 October 2016 - Moving from humiliation and exclusion to participation: Ending poverty in all its forms
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
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.
Plovdiv - Monday 17 October 2016 - Meeting with the inhabitants of Stolipinovo
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?
Clinchco, Dickenson County, Virginia - Monday 17 October 2016 - Potluck supper followed by a celebration on the theme of participation
Potluck supper followed by a celebration on the theme of participation.
Testimonies and music.
Each year the Board of Supervisors passes a resolution for the observance of the day. Please read it below.
Dickenson County, Virginia, USA
At the Senior Citizen Center on Main Street, Clinchco
Mymensingh - Friday 21 October 2016 - A society that leaves no one behind and reaches out to the poorest.
MATI Bangladesh will have an event on the 21 October in link with the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
All the students who receive MATI school scholarships are invited, and there will be among other things a drawing competition with the title “ A society that leaves no one behind and reaches out to the poorest”. There will also be the communal lunch and an activity with these people.