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

The missing part of life.

Norman is a newly graduated student from Politeknic ATMI Surakarta College in Indonesia. As a student, he used to volunteer in activities such as helping children from disadvantaged communities learning at school and giving attention to them. In this story, he bears witness of the voluntary activities of a retired factory worker. On 8th November... 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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Building relationships on mutual trust

In Hungary, the Real Pearl Foundation’s primary focus is art education, talent development, family community development programmes, and institutional cooperation; amongst authorities, schools, hospitals and NGOs. We work in Told, one of the most disadvantaged regions of the country, where the majority of our students live in deep poverty,... Read more
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