Every attitude, every gesture has to fight poverty and exclusion. There are many ways to act, regardless of our skills and availability. These messages, these testimonials reflect. Feel free to contribute.

Testimonies are published under the responsibility of the author. They are subject to validation: these will be published only if they comply, in form and substance the spirit of this day as defined in the International Charter for October 17.



Students from James Larkin Community College, Dublin

My heart goes out to those with not enough money and those with no homes because, even though I and other people find life very hard, I'm sure if I and those other people stepped into their shoes we would find life a lot harder.  If everyone made their outright responsibility to help those in need there would be a lot less suffering and there would be hope.  Dean

People fighting against poverty need a helping community to keep them alive and healthy and put a roof over their head. Shane and Ionel

I attended the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty commemoration in Dublin and listened to people in poverty talking about what they're going through. I want to know that there's hope for them.   I am addressing this message to people who can help and want to eradicate poverty:   Dear politicians you have to remind everyone that poverty exists. Everyone isn't as lucky as you and I and everyone's voices should be heard.  Janet

We read lots of articles on the Internet about homelessness and poverty. It made us think about how your lives must be different even though we all should be equal and you should deserve another chance. (On 17 October) the stories were touching.  People living in poverty should never give up. They need to have hope because things could change for the better. (…) we are all equal and all those in need deserve another chance.  If the whole community came together we would become stronger and take action to eradicate poverty to make poor people's lives much better.  Poem of Hope: Having a place/no person is perfect/no person is great /that is why we make mistakes/but those on the streets deserve a place (…)   Dylan and Sofia

When people suffering of poverty spoke at the International Day of the Eradication of Poverty, they told us a story from their past that really touched us. Our message for everyone suffering because of poverty is: never give up and keep trying!  Remember we are here for you, anyone who is suffering because of poverty.  This is the poem we wrote for you: I don't need your sympathy /your pity or disgust/just an ear/for even a minute /I'm not asking for much!!    Alexandra and Kyle

Commemoration of the UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Students from James Larkin Community College, Dublin 1

6th class students, Donabate Portrane Educate Together National School

It was good the way people stood up and talked as they gave other people hope. Even when you might be living on the streets, you can still have hope.

People were coming up talking about their lives and it was really sad.

There was a man from the Philippines and he hadn’t seen his children in eight years because he was working.

We got to learn how people live in poverty and how hard it is for them.

It was cool the way the people could say what they wanted to say because they told us about living on the streets and being on drugs and I didn’t think they would talk about that. I thought it was very brave.

It was special because everyone was together trying to achieve the same thing.

People wanted to help others who were poor get out of poverty.

There are still lots of people who would like to help.

I remember that the Lord Mayor was saying that he moved to Ballymun and when he lived there, it was the poorest place in Dublin.

I thought it was good the way they let the children get involved because it shows that they’re making everyone equal.

The song at the end was a really good song and everyone was singing.

At the end, all the balloons went into the sky and it was special as each balloon had a message on it like, joy, happiness, education and hope.

Donabate Portrane Educate Together National School.

My name is Nico

I am Nico, 12 years old, I live in a cemetery.

I was only able to finish Grade 2.  I stopped going to school because I was having a hard time there. I was always laughed at and mocked in school as they regard me as dirty, I stink and a bum.  It is painful to be mocked at simply because I live in a cemetery.  Because of this, I always catch fights with my schoolmates and often summoned to the principal’s office.

My teachers do not listen to me.  All they see are the fights I have had but never understood why I have been involved to this.

I want to go back to school without being bullied by anyone and I hope that all children goes to school.