The Letter to Friends around the World exists in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.
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How to mark October 17 in a country where I am passing through, and where no one knows about this day?

I had heard that a group of people suffering with chronic diseases were organising a walk. I know very well what chronic disease means in terms of losing one’s health and never being the same again, as well as the anguish experienced by a poor patient lacking medical treatment. Despite this challenge, you need to be strong so that you and... Read more
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Rethinking the fight against poverty and human rights

This title was the theme of the second Joseph Wresinski Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean, which was held in Guatemala City. For five days, close on 50 people from nine countries worked together. We concluded the forum by reflecting on how our countries and communities can identify future commitments in the struggle against poverty, while... Read more
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All Together Towards ZERO Poverty

A workshop for students was held at the Asian Institute of Technology. A number of topics were discussed, including: “What is extreme poverty from a multidimensional perspective?”, “Frugal innovation, social business and the Sustainable Development Goals”, and “Resilience and adaptability of people in poverty and the... Read more
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Nobody chooses to live in extreme poverty

I live in Cameroon. Some friends and I went to the village of Koumenke, that I know well, to commemorate October 17. We toured the village and met young people and parents. The aim was to understand the situation that the population was experiencing as this was the first October 17 event here. We learned that few children were able to complete... Read more
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Letter "Special October 17 2018"

On 17 October 1987, more than 100,000 people gathered on the Trocadero Plaza in Paris, where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed in 1948. On the Commemorative Stone in Honor of The Victims of Extreme Poverty, inaugurated that day, were engraved the words: Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human... Read more
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