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

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  • Testimonies: messages from people living in extreme poverty,...
  • Presentation: the meaning of the Day, its spirit,...
  • Highlights: activities, messages, significant gestures,...
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North Kivu - Thursday 17 October 2019 - Our mobilization for October 17

Event report

During the IDEP 2019, we collaborated with other agencies within communicating with UNICEF, UNDP and Child Protection Working Group. We collaborated with primary schools and involved children in our events.

1. We have organized prayer for children via 1 church and have reached 80 children. Reverend Ngango is one of our field partners who is supporting 150 vulnerable children and more than 200 care givers.

2. Workshop/ Roundtable/ Discussion on child poverty:
We organized via Focus group discussions in different villages and have reached 600 persons during our discussions. Most collected feedback from communities show that children are affected by poverty by living in inappropriate housing, children cannot go to school because of poverty and vulnerability while their families are still poor and don’t have economic and business opportunities.

3. School Events, mobilizing parents and schools leaders on child poverty. While schools are not operating in the DR Congo because the declaration on free education is not respected, we were able to mobilize children in private schools where 120 children were educated on eradication of poverty.

A challenge is based on lack of funding for activities but BIFERD has used existing focal points to organize activities in different locations.

For any question about the IDEP North Kivu DR Congo: +243 990634880, +243 975499479,
E-mail:
biferutsh [at] gmail [dot] com,
biferdprogramme [at] gmail [dot] com, biferdeducation [at] gmail [dot] com

Event description

BIFERD (Bureau d'Information et Formation - Echanges et Recherches pour le Développement) is partner to ARIGATOU International. We are involved in ending Child Poverty and preventing abuses and violence to children. Now we are mobilizing more partners, local communities, local authorities and religious institutions.
On 17th October 2019, we have planned various activities like praying for children, doing discussions and workshops on child poverty and school events.

North Kivu
Congo (Kinshasa)

Dublin - Thursday 17 October 2019 - Gathering at the Human Rights and Poverty Stone

Event report

To read the testimonies that were shared on October 17 in Dublin, click here.

Here is one testimony

My name is Monika. I am happy to talk today.

Today I would like to talk about my experience within the homeless crisis in Ireland.

One day 4 years ago we got a letter saying that our apartment was being put up for sale and we have30 days to move out. My world collapsed. I still remember that day.

I didn’t know what to do and where to go for help. At that time I know I have to find accommodation for my family but it wasn’t to be that easy. Every viewing ended with disappointment and frustration. We didn’t find a place because rents were too high for our budget or in some places they didn’t want to rent to children.

We had to leave our apartment. The worst period was still ahead for us. The day when we put our belongings into a storage room was very hard. We knew what was going to happen tomorrow.

The next day with two travel bags and 2 children we went to Parkgate Hall and waited for registration as homeless people. We were given a place in a Dublin hostel and we spent the next 26 months there.

They didn’t say we would stay that long in there. Every month we had to go to the management of our hotel and ask for an extension. Every day we had to keep reminding the children to be quiet because we were worried we would lose our room.

All that time in emergency accommodation was hard for all of us. It was just one room and toilet. So, no-one from my family had any privacy in the accommodation. My eldest son was doing his homework on the bed or floor because there was no table in the room.

The first two weeks were fine the children were thinking we are on holidays, but after that they started feeling the lack of space. I hope no-one of you or your family will ever experience that.

All of you know why is having a home so important. I believe that having a place to call home is the most important in our life’s. During our time in a hotel our family life was upside down. We didn’t have cooking facilities -such a simple thing but when you are in a place like that you start to appreciate such things. So as you can guess it was hard for me to feed my family. I love cooking so it was hard for me not to cook for them and watch what they have to eat. Every single day I was getting just more frustrated then I couldn’t get them proper food. We had a breakfast included but how long you can eat Irish breakfast. We were first in our hotel so the management were very kind and helpful. We got a microwave and kettle. I was very appreciative because I could cook something in the microwave for my family and have a hot tea whenever I wanted to.

Home means many things to many people. I believe that the word ‘home’ means a safe and secure place where you can be yourself. But imagine if you woke up tomorrow to the news that you would lose your home. What would you do? Where would you go? What would it mean for your children?

You can just imagine how hard is it for a child to be in emergency accommodation. When we were there my oldest son kept away from their classmates. He was worried to have close friends; he was thinking they will find out that he doesn’t have a home. He was ashamed. It was hard for me as a mother to watch him. It was just in the hotel that he could share his fears with the other kids and be like a normal child they were on this same boat.

But in this century it shouldn’t be like that. Every child should have a place to call home and get a proper dinner not just a pizza from a microwave or take away.

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Event description

Gathering at the Human Rights and Poverty Stone

From 10.30am - Groups and individuals are welcome on the Custom House Quay to gather in preparation for the gathering

Draft Running Order of Ceremony (11 am-1.30 pm)

  • 11.00 Master of Ceremony, Maurice Hurley (Global Citizenship School Program) welcomes everyone and introduces the gathering

  • 11.05 Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Paul McAuliffe opens the event.

  • 11.10 Song

  • 11.15 Reading of the Message of the Human Rights and Poverty Stone in English, Irish and French

  • 11.20 Song

  • 11. 25 Reading of the President’s Message

  • 11.30 Testimonies – 5 testimonies with reference the rights of children and youth, with musical interlude(ATD Leave No One Behind; NYP 2; MRCI; SAOL; Dominican Justice Office)
  • 11.55 Song

  • 12.00 Guest Speaker: Tanya Ward, CEO Children Rights Alliance

  • 12.05 Symbolic Gesture: Paper “Footsteps for a Better Future” with messages will be displayed around the Stone and along the End Poverty Walkway. Participants will be invited to write their own footstep messages and to display them.

  • 12.20 Final Song

  • 12.25 Closing Remarks: MC

  • 12.30 – 1.30 Refreshments in the basement of Liberty Hall. All participants welcome

Dublin
Ireland

Nsukka - Thursday 17 October 2019 - Radio commentary + time at the motherless babies' home

Event report

We can listen to the Radio commentary in the attached mp3 file.

And pictures from the visit to the motherless babies' home.

Event description

On October 17 in Enugu State, we are having a Radio Commentary on the Theme for the day, as well as spending time with the Motherless Babies at the Motherless Babies' Home at Nsukka.

In November, we shall be holding a Workshop in Delta State on the Theme of October 17 (the workshop arrangement in progress).

Nsukka
Nigeria

Glasgow - Thursday 17 October 2019 - Event in George Square and the City Chambers

Event report

Our 17th October event took place in George Square in the heart of Glasgow.  We had a small gathering around the previous commemorative stone that is embedded in the ground in George Square.  Everyone then  proceeded to the new commemorative stone, led by a young boy beating a drum.  We had couple of speeches and then two people unveiled the new commemorative stone.  The  new commemorative stone  sits inside a flowerbed next to a monument of Sir Walter Scott, a famous Scottish Poet.  So it is wonderful that our stone is in a prominent place for all to see.

Everyone then went to the City Chambers ( this is where Glasgow Councillors sit and make decisions).  There we heard from Children and Adults and there was singing by the local Lodging House Mission Choir.  Lodging House Mission is a place where homeless people go and get support.

Aiden, a young boy spoke  in the City Chambers about what makes children happy and another person read a testimony from someone in England about their harrowing experience of living in poverty.

The children had previously decorated a paper Kite with what makes children happy and adults wrote down what children need.  The kite was displayed in the City Chambers. People were also invited to write messages of hope and put them inside a balloon.

This event was not only to mark the 17th October, United Nations Day for the Eradication of Poverty, it was to mark the 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child.  We had many families that were involved in making the Kite and other families who have been coming to this event since 1999 when the first commemorative stone was inaugurated.  

One young 6 year old boy took his balloon and gave it to a person begging in the street.  

It was a wonderful celebration of the resilience of families all over the world who continue to suffer the effects of poverty on a daily basis. 

Tricia Mc C.

Event description

This year we will inaugurate the new commemorative Stone in George Square and then to the City Chambers to hear messages of children and adult.

Glasgow
United Kingdom

New York - Thursday 17 October 2019 - Messages from UN Secretary General, activists, children and ambassadors

Event description

Thursday, October 17, 2019

1:15 pm to 2:30 pm
Conference Room 2
United Nations Conference Building
New York

  • Message from the UN Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres
  • Messages from human rights activists and children
  • Statements by Ambassadors

At 2:45pm, the commemoration will continue with a moment of reflection and solidarity around the Commemorative Stone in Honor of Victims of Extreme Poverty, located on the North Lawn of the UN Gardens.
Please RSVP by Friday October 11th at: idep2019.eventbrite.com
Please bring ID for security purpose.

New York
United States