Empowerment through education

I have been a school teacher for the past 40 years. I think it is important to empower the most marginalised and disadvantaged children through education. We can do this if we can get more resources to support their families, as well as the communities where they are living. Before I hang up my boots, I would like to see these children and their... Find out more


People around the world are making a commitment to reject poverty This exhibition brings together drawings and testimonies taken from the Letter to Friends Around the World. When the founder of the ATD Fourth World Movement Joseph Wresinski launched the Forum on Overcoming Extreme Poverty more than 35 years ago, his abiding concern was that... Find out more

We are all human beings

Shandra is a member of Beitouna, a centre that was created thanks to the initiative of some people from a neighbourhood in the North of Beirut. Here she shares her experience of how, she is trying to build peace all around her. I've gone through many difficulties, for example I worked in a country where they didn't call me by my first... Find out more

I remain hopeful

My name is Méra. I come from the island of Anjouan, in the Comoro Islands. I have a wife and three children. I arrived in Mayotte in 1994 when I was 20 years old. I came to Mayotte to find a better life. I have not yet found it, but I remain hopeful. As I don’t have a work permit, I can’t find a real job. I do a little here and there... Find out more

Yayo eza yayo te

From Monday to Friday, Father Peter E. supervises young people in a training centre in Mahagi. On Saturday he spends his day at the prison with his “wounded brothers”, sometimes accompanied by some young people from the centre. Prison is a world full of tears. Here you see a different reality in the life of men who suffer... Find out more

“Ajuda de Mãe – Help for Mum”

Young mothers and pregnant teenagers in very precarious living conditions avoid having to give up school thanks to the “Ajuda de Mãe” organisation (Help for Mum), a teaching and support project where participants also learn to abide by rules and acquire working habits. This project is a partnership with a Lisbon secondary school, and... Find out more

Combite: a wonderful example of solidarity in action

Haiti is a country where the majority of the population makes a living from farming. With soil erosion and climate change, the land is less and less productive and farmers are getting poorer and poorer. In response, a type of solidarity called Combite is practised. Combite is a form of solidarity where a group of people decide to get together... Find out more

“Family time around the table“

In 2011 the Buenos Aires Food Bank, Argentina, started a new inter-agency programme called “Family time around the table“. The programme targeted the most excluded families, who we hadn’t been able to reach up until that point. This proposal took two years of preparation because it was necessary to find a new way of working:... Find out more

With solidarity and unity anything is possible

In Tanzania, a member of ATD Fourth World decided to experiment in a different way. When Reuben M. first left his village for the capital, he worked hard as a badly paid unskilled labourer, but he escaped this fate when he invented a lottery machine. Although this earned him money, he didn’t think it was a good thing to make money off the... Find out more

Communities can be strengthened by bringing people together

Bridging the Gap is a charity based in the Gorbals area of Glasgow with over 15 years experience of working with people from different backgrounds and cultures. They want to support families, create inclusive communities and inspire young people. To give children the best possible start in life we support parents by providing places for their... Find out more