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

They were people who had a lot of dignity

I think for a volunteer it's particularly important to have personal contact with poor and socially excluded people. Solidarity means not only to help from an economical point of view but also to respect each other as citizens. Citizens who have equal rights in a democratic world.  I've had first hand experience with people living on the... Read more
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If you want to be useful, help me to set up a research institute.

Mrs Alwine de Vos van Steenwijk passed away peacefully on the 24th of January. She had given her strength without hesitation to build the MovementATD Fourth World. At the end of the 50s, when Mrs de Vos was a diplomat in Paris for her country, the Netherlands, she heard about Fr. Joseph Wresinski and his fight alongside the families in the... Read more
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Operación Mato Grosso

Operación Mato Grosso is a movement composed principally of young Italians who give their time to help the very poor in Peru, Brazil, Ecuador and Bolivia. Already in the 70s, the first missionaries started heading for the remote villages in the Peruvian Andes where nowadays art-based learning activities using wood, stone and fabrics are organised... Read more
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Encounters to « the rhythm of a canoe »

Fr Christopher Six was a friend of ATD Fourth World for many years.  He set off to join the Amazon region in 2005 to help integrate the Mobile Team into the Manaus region. He unfortunately died last year, but others continue his work. Luisa F. has become our correspondent and she gives us her testimony. “What is the Mobile Team? It is a team... Read more
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Beitouna in Beirut: the ‘house’ of Solidarity

Every summer, Theresa, a Franciscan sister, Sako, a grocer, and the volunteers of the Beitouna Association organize a family holiday. Beirut, the summer of 2011. On this 18th of July, a dozen families are in a state of excitement.  They are going to leave the city and head for the mountains and the clean air for a holiday with their families... Read more
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