Theme for 2021
Building Forward Together: Ending Persistent Poverty, Respecting all People and our Planet

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Warszawa-Praga-Południe - Tuesday 17 October 2017 - Flashmob then meeting in the ATD Office

Event description

In order to raise awareness about 17 October, World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty, there will be a "flashmob" in a crowded area in Warsaw.

Then, we will all meet in the ATD office to talk and know each other by sharing knowledge and experience.

ul.Grenadierow 34 lok.U1, Tel ATD office: (48) 22.616.10.20

Oshimili North LGA - Saturday 21 October 2017 - Commemoration with dialogues, lectures, and more

Event report

This activity was carried out on October 23 after several postponements, due to government programmes, which involved some of the participants.

This was a coalition of various NGOs under ‘Walking Fingers’. It was carried out at Okpanam, which has a boundary with Asaba in Delta State. Asaba is the capital of Delta State.

The youths were fully represented from all over Delta State, and it was a full house. Agricultural products were fully displayed and demonstrated. A sewing machine was presented to one of the participants, and other participants were presented with various items to encourage them in entrepreneurship.

One of the participants for the October 17 and 18 activities at Nsukka, Enugu State was also at Delta State for the programme. Nnenna is physically challenged, and hers is a success story. She attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka when Mrs. Josephine Alumanah was the Patron of the Physically challenged students. She has really done well for herself and the community. She is a propriety of a school – Treasure Nursery and Primary School. She is an author of two books – Ability in Disability and Conquering Disability. She is a recipient of several prizes.

Event description

There will be radio commentary on Oct 17 to announce the Oct 21 commemoration.

On the 21st the programme will include lectures, dialogues, practical skills on agriculture, Entrepreneurship and Referrals for Interest free loans.

Amachai Community Hall Okpanam
Oshimili North LGA

Dar es Salaam - Saturday 14 October 2017 - 30th International Day to Overcome Poverty in Dar es Salaam

Event report

In 2017 ATD Fourth World Tanzania celebrated the World Day for Overcoming Poverty on Saturday the 14th – before the worldwide celebration the 17th october as every year.

The 3-hour long commemoration saw personal testimonies from people with direct experience of poverty, messages from around the world, drama, songs, poems, dancing, and an invitation to the participants to sign a special Call to Action as part of ATD’s International Stop Poverty 2017 Campaign. It was a powerful and moving occasion which deepened the commitment of those already involved in the collective struggle to overcome extreme poverty and also to attract new commitments.

The event was at Biafra place, a public space to enable all citizens to take part at the event. Through words, drama, music, and testimonies we showed how extreme poverty undermines our freedom and violates our most fundamental rights. Stories of life from Dar es Salaam, Mbeya, Dodoma and Njombe reminded us of the struggle of people to overcome extreme difficulties and search a way to peace.

It is very important to gather people on a day like this because we live in classes, separated from one another. When we live such a gathering together there is something building. Then we all realize that we are all the same. People who don’t live poverty come to understand the efforts of those who fight to overcome exclusion. They discover the challenges they have to face. When people living in poverty speak and other people listen, changes can come about. It is very important to gather people on a day like this. Rehema A. (Participant from Tandale, Dar es Salam).

Event description

We will celebrate the International Day for overcoming poverty on october 14th in the public place called Biafra on Morocco Avenue from 9.00 am to noon. It will be an open event with guests and participants from different districts of Dar Es Salaam, friends of the ATD Fourth World Movement will come from other regions as Njombe, Dodoma, Mbeya.

There will be special performances of artists called Elegant Group, singing, drama. We will take opportunity to remind the roots of the Movement trough a portrait of Joseph Wresinski - testimonies of families to make know the resistance and fight of people everyday in their life.

A special time will be given about the 30th anniversary of the day to underline the importance and strength of this annual celebration.

Biafra grounds, Morocco Avenue 9 am to noon
Dar es Salaam

Rockdale - Wednesday 18 October 2017 - Moneycare Day

A time when community members can discuss difficuties they experience with representatives from Centrelink, Sydney Water, Energy.

philip [dot] white [at] aue [dot] salvationarmy [dot] org

To read more about the Anti-Poverty Week Australia:

432 West Botany St The Salvation Army

Perth - Monday 16 October 2017 - Q&A BREAKFAST FORUM

Western Australia has seen a sharp growth in inequality. There are 240,000 Western Australians living below the poverty line, many of them children. Nationwide, more than 730,000 children live in poverty (one in six).

We know that it is not right that this alarmingly high number of young people are being left behind. This event will give us an opportunity to come together to discuss and ask important questions to shape a different future.

There will be a panel discussion including:
* Hon. Simone McGurk MLA, Minister for Child Protection Counsellor
* Janet Davidson OAM, City of Perth
* Paris Mitchell, person with lived experience
* Ross Wortham, CEO at Youth Affairs
* Ross Kyrwood, CEO at YMCA WA
* Carol Innes, Co-Chair of Reconciliation WA

Registrations open at 7am. Please arrive promptly for a 7:30am start.

RSVP by 12 October 2017.

To read more about the Anti-Poverty Week Australia:

300 Murray St Bankwest Place Level 1