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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

My recycling workshops with the children

From a very early age, I learnt from my mother how to embroider and knit wool. I also like working with children and since 2015, I have been working in a youth center in Naciria, a neighborhood of a small town in Algeria. The center is used by youths and children from modest families from the neighborhood, but also from the  nearby mountain... Read more
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Different inhabitants of Salpiiga have been interviewed for the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty in 2018. Here is an excerpt of what they shared:  "Mahamadu M. is my name. I am 82years old. I have one wife and 5 children. I am a farmer but has no support to expand my farming business. My house has collapsed due to the heavy... Read more

What counts the most is our shared commitment to overcoming poverty

In 1917, Joseph Wresinski was born in an internment camp for foreign nationals in Angers, France. Being from a family without any means, he experienced at a very young age the injustice and violence of extreme poverty. In 1957, with the families in an emergency housing camp outside Paris, he founded what is known today as ATD Fourth World.... Read more
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