The Central African Republic is now undergoing another painful episode of a conflict that began last December. ATD Fourth World’s volunteers there were awoken early on Dec. 5th by mortar fire. The firing continued in their districts for the next (…)
About us Donkoi Village, Laos—“I am a young carpenter,” reads a beautifully painted sign in the Donkoi Child Development Center (DCDC), where children learned to repair the tables and benches of the primary school with the help of Mr. (…)
Partners in Development: a day of dialogue among civil society, the Filipino government and people living in poverty in the Philippines“Why do the poor choose to remain living under bridges, alongside waterways or railways, in the streets, in parks, cemeteries, and elsewhere even though they are very much aware that it is dangerous, dirty, smelly and in short, ugly? Who (…)
About us We are a few days from October 17, the World Day for Overcoming Poverty. The theme of this year, “Working together towards a world without discrimination: Building on the experience and knowledge of people in extreme poverty”, is an important reminder that the unique knowledge based on the experience of people living in the worst situations of poverty is too often ignored or overlooked. It is a wrong assumption that people who lack so much in terms of material wealth, social position and political power, must also lack any knowledge or understanding that could benefit the wider community. Events marking October 17, whatever their nature – gatherings, community interest services, cinema-debate, concerts, art and writing workshops, etc. – create opportunities to meet and interact between people living in poverty and other citizens around a common desire and commitment to eradicate extreme poverty. More than a one-day occasion, October 17 is an invitation to promote mutual understanding and lasting solidarity in everyday life.