Theme for 2017
Answering the call of October 17 to end poverty: A path to peaceful and inclusive societies

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Clara, Co Offaly - Thursday 19 October 2017 - Open Night

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A Sculpture will be unveiled to commemorate the UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The events starts at 7pm with special guest Ronan Scully

Clara Community and Family Resource Centre
Clara, Co Offaly

Taipei - Tuesday 17 October 2017 - Taipei - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

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The ceremony of October 15 in Taipei was a beautiful day, faithful to the message of Joseph Wresinski.

We planted three trees with the Vice-President, Taipei Vice Mayor, the Archbishop of Taiwan, ATD friends Joseph Sun and Xiang-Ling, and other partners.

It was wonderful to have the presence of Narumol from Thailand who shared a testimony of a woman of Bangkok, and Patricia brought us the messages from the Philippines. Xiang-Ling shared a testimony of her commitment, and that she was a witness of "tree of hope" that she had planted with so many other persons on October 17, 1996 in this same park. 

Vice-President M.Chen Chien-jen mentioned words from Joseph Wresinski book 'The Poor are the Church', that says that "misunderstandings appear and good will wear out fast when it comes to find common cause with a very poor population, whose life experience we ignore". He added it is his responsibility to understand and face the question of poverty.

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Between October 6-22, events will include: Permanent exhibit of books and photos related to poverty in Taiwan, movies and documentary films, discussion panels, visit to indigenous communities who had been relocated in the city, and round table with professional photographers who tried to keep memory of the life of poor people in the city.

The events aim that we remember every person who contributed to build this city.

October 15:
Ceremony in the Da-An park (Great Peace), with planting of three trees, as well as the announcement of a replica of the stone in the future.
The ceremony will take place in the presence of Taiwan Vice-President, Chen Chien-Ren, Archbishop John Hung Shan-chuan and Vice-Mayor of Taipei, Charles Lin. Other persons and partners, representatives of different associations will be present too.

October 17:
Conference about ATD Fourth World, by Fr Hong Wanliu.

October 20:
Lecture and discussion about eradication of poverty with students in a public school.

October 21:
Public round table for the launch of "Artisans of Democracy", book translated in Mandarin by Shwu Shiow Yang. Published by Taiwanese "Psy Garden publishing house".

For these events, some youth in the partner organizations have been drawing posters to raise awareness of their feelings about homelessness and to engage against the numerous prejudices toward people living in poverty.


Mymensingh - Tuesday 17 October 2017 - With my own two hands I can change the world, and tell a message

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We just had a nice time together this afternoon to celebrate Oct 17, in Mymensingh, Bangladesh.

We were together, staff of Mati and a group of young students from the neighborhood, some from families in poverty, who are volunteering with Mati.

We first watched the video of playing for change, twice because many "like", after an introduction to Oct 17 meaning, by Lenen Rahaman, founder of Mati.

Then the group of students proposed everyone present to print our colored hands on a big banner and to write a message.

Lots of fun, lots of happiness, togetherness.

Some of of the message say:

-"You are not born poor, poverty is a problem of society, forget who is poor or rich and come forward together to solve it"

-A proverb: "We walk together, no matter if we win the game or not"

-"Only the poor feel the pain of the poor"

-"Come forward together to love them, those who don't even know that this day is for them"

-"We cannot say poverty is not the problem of the society"

-"The color of life can be changed any time"

-"We must stand at the side of poor people"

To know more about Mati Bangladesh:

Event description

-Introduction to Oct 17 meaning
-Video "With my own Two Hands, I can change the world", by Playing for Change
-Print our coloured hands on a big banner and write a message.

With MATI Bangladesh, ATD Fourth World, and students from the neighbourhood.


Chennai - Tuesday 17 October 2017 - Care & concern reduces poverty - 2017

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Shabnam Resources , chennai

Greetings to you all ,

On october 17th 2017, Tuesday afternoon, 2.00 pm and ended by 4.30 pm, about 49 children gathered from the age group 7 to 14 to participate in the above subject of "How to show care and concern". 

The children focused how they can show their might of love towards even lesser privileged than them in sustainable understanding. Usually, in any deliberations and actions, it always ends up with someone who is not correct and something went wrong. 

Here the children reversed that thinking by stating how I can show that difference in translating that ray of hope and love.

The first point was NO WASTAGE OF FOOD, they stated, whatever food they get should never be wasted, in other words anyone should never go hungry before Bed. 

The children wish to form a small group and recycle the food into packages and give it any to child or adult who is hungry.

The children also made a declaration to join with adults to ensure no rotten or thrown away food be eaten by any human beings. 

As a bold action they would go to the small eateries to collect parcels and deliver to hungry soul within their boundaries.

They stated the care and concern does not stop, any surplus of recycled food goes to stray uncared dogs and cats which was a mind blowing point.

Care and concern extends to any who needs emotional and comforting support which would reduce the cases of abuses.

You see the children speak their minds so vehemently even it made adults to ponder over.

Pray for them.

With lots of thanks and regards.

In Fraternity






CHENNAI 600024

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Shabnam children would join and hold a deeper discussion on eliminating the poverty with a sustainable effort. 

Yes India has resources how we can be more interconnected to help each other, if need be can be outsourced

The children would discuss and come out with some ideas and tips. 



MICHAEL .R.HUBERT FOUNDER DIRECTOR   SHABNAM RESOURCES (REGD NON PROFIT ORGN) OLD NO 5 NEW NO 13 BUDDHA STREET RANGARAJAPURAM CHENNAI 600024   phone :  0091  44 24721379   E.MAIL : mrhubert72 [at] gmail [dot] com   web :  


MICHAEL .R.HUBERT FOUNDER DIRECTOR   SHABNAM RESOURCES (REGD NON PROFIT ORGN) OLD NO 5 NEW NO 13 BUDDHA STREET RANGARAJAPURAM CHENNAI 600024   phone :  0091  44 24721379   E.MAIL : mrhubert72 [at] gmail [dot] com   web :
old no 5 buddha street, kodambakkam, chennai 600024

St. Louis - Tuesday 17 October 2017 - Women Empowering Women Luncheon

We are launching a women's group on October17, "Women Empowering Women" to commemorate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Two guest speakers will address poverty in our community and globally, specifically in Bangladesh.

It will be an educational event as we hope to create some passion around poverty eradication among the attendees – both for those living in poverty locally and those around the world. We will show a video recently taken of extremely poor families in Bangladesh who we are serving and who need to be served and have a speaker talk about recent poverty statistics in St. Louis, Missouri where our office is located.

Partners in Sustainable Development International (PSDI) is a nonprofit that promotes and supports the eradication of poverty in rural areas of Bangladesh using a holistic model that involves families in their uplift.

5200 Shaw Ave.
St. Louis
United States