ATD Fourth World Switzerland, founded in 1965, is active in several regions of the country. Teams work in Basel, Fribourg, Geneva and Rorschach, and the national centre is in Treyvaux, near Fribourg. Activities in Switzerland take place at the local, national, and international levels. The team representing the International Movement ATD Fourth World at the UN in Geneva works out of the Joseph Wresinski House in that city.

We also organize activities and gatherings where the most excluded people can share with others their knowledge about poverty. Then, together, we find ways to address misunderstandings about poverty, to overcome the violence of exclusion, and to counter the many ways that human dignity and human rights are undermined.  We do this through:

  • The Fourth World People’s University and Merging Knowledge Workshops
  • Gatherings of children and young people from all walks of life: Tapori activities for children and workshops for young people
  • Internships to learn more about the ATD Volunteer Corps
  • Art workshops, retreats and holiday stays for families
  • Annual commemoration of 17 October, World Day to Overcome Extreme Poverty
  • Participation in the National Platform against Poverty
  • Participatory research supported by the Swiss Confederation to ensure that both poverty and violence experienced during interacting with institutions are not repeated from one generation to the next. This research follows up on ATD’s work on coercive measures used by the state for the purpose of assistance programs and foster care placements.

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