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

‘We mix (ingredients) in order to mix (people)!'

During her PhD in Cultural Anthropology at Princeton University, Nadezhda S-G., from Bulgaria examined community development in poor areas employing the arts but she soon she discovered that what actually unites people most is food, and in particular bread as a universal symbol of peace. She founded the Bread Houses Network in 2009. In 2008, when... Read more

Life Stories

Dr. Celia P.V., a physician in a small town hospital in Uruguay, came to know children who were especially disadvantaged and rejected.  Outside working hours, and with little means, she reached out to them.  In the following testimony, she describes how her commitment towards these children started and how hope grew from that special... Read more
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Where is my sister?

I have been in charge of a mental health centre for four years and such I would like to let you know about Mrs. Juana. Some of the Fourth World Movement volunteers in Peru already knew her and her son Miguel when they used to spend the night on the streets in the Marischal neighbourhood. The local children still remember that Miguel used to... Read more
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Access to information

"Education is the cornerstone of development" "For me, the most extreme poverty is neither material nor financial; it is mental.  And each of us should work to eradicate it. That's what I try to do in the field that interests me the most: education.  With five young people under 30 years of age, we work hand in hand... Read more
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A man and two donkeys: Rural Bookmobile in Action

In a ritual repeated nearly every weekend for the past decade, Luis Soriano gathered his two donkeys in front of his home (in Colombia).  He strapped pouches with the word "Biblioburro" painted in blue letters to the donkey's backs and loaded them with an eclectic cargo of books destined for people living in the small villages... Read more
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