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“The cooperative preserves our dignity”

Beitouna, a not-for-profit organisation founded by the residents of Nabaa, Beirut, celebrates the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, organising a street library, meetings with parents and a cooperative. The cooperative was launched in 2006, at a time when large numbers of refugees were arriving in Lebanon from southern Libya.... Read more
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“I want my daughter to be like you when she’s grown up: someone who is active and educated.”

After the Jasmine Revolution of 14th January 2011 in Tunisia, the government actively encouraged people to create organisations and engage with vulnerable people to help improve their living conditions. And so, in August 2011, with a group of young agronomists, we created the Association Sources et Horizons in the city of Aïn Draham, working to... Read more
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Getting young people involved, for the well-being and development of our country

A Nous l’Avenir (The Future is Ours) is a coalition of nine organisations for young people aged 15 to 30, set up in 2009 to facilitate the exchange of ideas between them. The aim is that young people should work together in an atmosphere of trust, free from discrimination on the grounds of race or sex, allowing them to find for themselves... Read more
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Stories of poverty told by children

For three years, the organisation MATI took part in ATD Fourth World and Oxford University’s international participatory research study on The Hidden Dimensions of Poverty. Of the 165 million inhabitants in Bangladesh in 2020, more than 40% were children. According to the latest UNICEF report, 56% of children live below poverty level. Child... Read more
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Solidarity in the Middle of a Pandemic

I got to know Shamim when she worked as a cleaner at the girl’s hostel at the university where I work in Lahore, Pakistan. Shamim is a widow with 10 chidren. When the government imposed a lockdown in March to stop the spread of the coronavirus Shamim and her community of Lutheran Christians found themselves stuck at home with no work. While... Read more