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Drawing hope and strength from solidarity

In the incredibly blue sky of October 17, 1987, ATD Fourth World founder Fr. Joseph Wresinski bore witness to the “poor of all times, fleeing from place to place, despised and disgraced.” Today, who are these “millions and millions of children, women and fathers”? They are the ones always and forever forced to leave:... Read more
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"Everything is born from a shared life, not from a theory"

Everything is born from a shared life, not from a theory”¹ In a neighbourhood of Tananarive recently flooded by storms, we are thinking with members of the Movement about the projects and actions we take on together. What is the most important thing? Where should we start? Mr Joseph joins the conversation: “The most important... Read more
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Letter to Friends Around the World 91 "Special Edition - 17 October 2015"

Dear Friends, We are very happy to bring you a special 17 October edition of our Letter to Friends Around the World. The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty this year is significant because it will be the first observance following the formal adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the General Assembly of the United... Read more
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Five years later

At the beginning of this year, our thoughts turn once more to the Haitian people. Five years after the earthquake, Haiti is in remembrance for the suffering that was caused and rekindling the hope that was dashed. ATD Fourth World members remind us that in the aftermath of the destruction on the evening of the 12th January 2010, and amidst the... Read more
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In this world, are we someone for other people?

"Many people talk about our problems; many people think that we are a problem, that we have problems. This is not how we see ourselves. Problems are not what define us. What defines us is the questions we ask. And our first question is this: Do we matter for other people in this world? Are our hands, minds, and hearts useful for them?... Read more
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