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

With solidarity and unity anything is possible

In Tanzania, a member of ATD Fourth World decided to experiment in a different way. When Reuben M. first left his village for the capital, he worked hard as a badly paid unskilled labourer, but he escaped this fate when he invented a lottery machine. Although this earned him money, he didn’t think it was a good thing to make money off the... Read more
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Communities can be strengthened by bringing people together

Bridging the Gap is a charity based in the Gorbals area of Glasgow with over 15 years experience of working with people from different backgrounds and cultures. They want to support families, create inclusive communities and inspire young people. To give children the best possible start in life we support parents by providing places for their... Read more
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Improving the situation of rural women

The ‘Victory for rural women’ organisation in Tunisia works with rural women. Hayat, who is a member of this organisation, shared a life-story collected as part of a project which looked at these women’s lives. This is the life-story of a woman who lives in an isolated mountainous region where life is hard. Hayat told us:... Read more
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It was night, and it was raining....

Rosário is a lawyer and uses all her skills to help people from very poor neighbourhoods and slums of Belo Horizonte. She fights against arbitrary evictions and the many forms of violence that they endure. I walked down the street, under the balconies to shelter myself from the rain. He was there; every day I see him, I watch him. I admire him... Read more

We have lost a friend, a brother, an elder.....

On June 8, 2014, Marco Ugarte died peacefully in his home in Cusco, Peru. Convinced of the wealth within his people, he sought to more deeply understand his Andean culture and use it as a lever to upset the weight of extreme poverty. “We have lost a friend, a brother, an elder. Marco was among those who stayed the course, right to the end.... Read more
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