People's stories of struggle and solidarity. Learn about initiatives worldwide that are making a difference.

What counts the most is our shared commitment to overcoming poverty

In 1917, Joseph Wresinski was born in an internment camp for foreign nationals in Angers, France. Being from a family without any means, he experienced at a very young age the injustice and violence of extreme poverty. In 1957, with the families in an emergency housing camp outside Paris, he founded what is known today as ATD Fourth World.... Read more
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Just a Change

Portuguese youth give a second life to derelict housing Ever since it began back in 2010, the Just a Change project has already refurbished 51 homes in Portugal. These volunteers are young university students supported by their sponsors. They are now in Óbidos to restore homes (and dignity) to a good handful of inhabitants. Volunteers in the Just... Read more
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Let our Kids be Kids!

Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC) is a state-wide, membership based, parent led organization committed to abolishing the school-to-prison pipeline and reforming the juvenile justice system. 15 years ago in New Orleans, parents and families walked in the rain to the juvenile courthouse. They stood up and gave... Read more
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With my blue bicycle

Necessity forces you to get out of the house, when you have no other choice. I would like to wake up every morning and go to a regular work place. Before I used to work and I enjoyed that lifestyle of security and a regular income every month. It allowed me to have a more comfortable lifestyle, to eat out with my wife, do the shopping etc, but... Read more
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Exposure to different cultures has inspired me.

My name is Salwa and I am a teacher. I have always been passionate about ensuring that disadvantaged children have access to culture. In 2009 I had the good fortune to come across Tapori – a friendship network created by ATD Fourth World to enable children all over the world to become friends with one another as well as to give them a... Read more
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