Sharing Experiences Worldwide
Permanent Forum on Extreme Poverty in the World
“So that no one will feel alone and powerless faced with extreme poverty, and so that no effort will be lost.” Joseph Wresinski, Founder
The Permanent Forum is a network of individuals and groups committed in various ways alongside populations living in poverty. It is facilitated by the International Movement ATD Fourth World.
The important thing isn’t to organise big events, even if several did take place in different countries last year. What’s more important is to reach out to those who aren’t normally noticed, and to take time with them; to let them to speak, and listen to what they have to say. This day is an opportunity for us to share our long term commitment to build a world where everyone’s dignity is recognised, and where everyone can find their place and give the best of themselves. This is a day for festivity, joy, friendship and meeting others.
That was last March, at one of the international seminars where members of the ATD Fourth World Movement and various partners worked to evaluate the impact of the Millennium Development Goals. This task was carried out with the participation of families living in extreme poverty, who contributed in this way to defining constructive proposals to bring an end to the violence of poverty. Education turned out to be a central concern. In both North and South, families confronted by