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

The struggle for hope to bring about change.

Coming from a town marked by the closure of the coal mines, Jemaa shares the story of her Cooperation and DEVelopment Association. ‘CODEV’ set out to improve the living conditions of women and children. My father fought to give me the chance of an education. Today, I want to give that chance to the children from the town.’ When... Read more
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The missing part of life

Norman graduated from the Politeknic ATMI Surakarta College in Indonesia. In this story, he bears witness to the voluntary activities of a retired factory worker. As a student, Norman helped with school support for children from disadvantaged communities. On 8th November last year, we went to Ampel, a village in Central Java to see a waterfall... Read more
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Alternative agriculture: an alternative from poverty?

Farmers represent two thirds of the poorest across the planet” Across the Mekong region in South East Asia and in North-ern parts of Thailand, 85% of farmers are unable to meet their basic needs on a farming income. Today, Asia’s challenge is not only to farm more organically. The main challenge is to enable farmers to be more self... Read more
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The 'wall of shame'

Roma families from Portugal have demolished the ’wall of shame’ which has surrounded a very poor area called the ’Pedreiras neighbourhood’ for almost 10 years. It separated the largest Roma community in Beja from the rest of the Alentejo society. For safety reasons, the wall which is 100 metres long and three metres high... Read more
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What I am going to share with you comes straight from the heart.

Everything concerned with poverty, every person left by the wayside, involves me, and I go to see. My work is very simple: I go into the neighbourhoods, I walk around, usually nobody counts the poor, but you can always find them. My desire is to see that the person has a certain dignity; for them to stand up straight, to hold on. It’s a... Read more
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