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Building Forward Together: Ending Persistent Poverty, Respecting all People and our Planet

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CHENNAI (MADRAS) - Domenica 17 Ottobre 2021 - Child ambassadors for Oct 17th

Resoconto dell' evento.

Our small ngo conducted a brief survey among children on how poverty plays role in their lives and near and
dear ones.
Here are the findings
57 children were taken for study
The survey is basic & Layman approach.
Oct 17th poverty eradication day,  our small ngo, conducted a ground level survey on the subject Poverty removal.   We selected children from our ngo and others who are in the pangs of povertySeriousness. Our study was conducted on a lay man’s approach , the findings are just the tip of the iceberg,  lots more needs to be done . Covid was a big monstrous dragon that unleashed its wrath on everyone. Loss of job and home was very prevalent, debts was rising like heated mercury. Our ngo was feeding the children and their families with dry rations and cooked food to the level possible, some of the children were tempted , yet yielded to child labor which was painfully inevitable. Sadly many girl children families opted for child weddings too, however it was stopped. Some families opted to end their lives with interventions and counseling that was mitigated.
Here are two stories of children who wish to remain anonymous

Ms. aged about 14, girl student, best in her studies and games.  She wished to become a pediatrician against any odds.   Her family was affected by covid,  however she survived and was placed in foster care till her parents recovered fully.  The second part of the sad story is the covid recovered parents were bewildered with the huge debts of job loss and no future to face.  It was like a sinking ship,  options were to at least get the daughter married , which would help the situation.  Knowing the fact we intervened and helped the family and advised not to take such steps which would be disastrous.  We got a job for the father and mother works too., sooner the children would go to school as it reopens.

Mr. aged about 15, boy, excellent in studies, He wanted to become an  marine diver ,  Covid has cost the life of his father and without income the mother and siblings were in a bleak situation.  Regretfully the situation tempted him to child labor, However we intervened got a job for his mother and phone for him to continue his schooling via webinars.  He is encouraged and presently looking forward to the reopening of the school
There are many sad stories which we were able to help and cases which we were unable to help.
Hopefully this would become resilience to us and the community we serve.

Descrizione dell' evento

Children affected by COVID-19
Most of the families affected / infected by covid-19 encountered heavy losses such as death of loved ones, job loss, micro , small business closed down, suicides, This has been affected by heavy trauma on children which is beyond poverty.
So oct 17th movement we would go in for survey of children and families for finding ways to help them. Shabnam Resources is hase begun propagating on the Oct 17th  event to children and others through child ambassadors.


Mbeya City and Dar Es Salaam - Domenica 17 Ottobre 2021 - OKTOBA 17, SIKU YA KIMATAIFA YA KUTOKOMEZA UMASIKINI

Resoconto dell' evento.

We came back from Mbeya on the 18th. We celebrated October 16th on 16 because 17 was a Sunday, a worship day.   The celebration took place at Nuru Orphanage Centre. We started the day by doing community work, that is washing children's clothes, cleaning the environment of the centre, cleaning and unclogging toilets and ditches, after we came together ATD members, invited guests, orphanage workers and the children for the real celebration. The description of the day was given by an ATD member and testimonies from children, center workers and ATD members were given. The children sang and we danced together with the children to their songs and the culture drum rhythms from a local culture group. Then we had a meal together with the children. In brief, a very memorable day for all who attended, a very touching and happy day for the children and everyone who attended. The communication committee will send the pictures of the whole event. That was in Mbeya. In Dar es salaam, we will celebrate on the 24th.

Descrizione dell' evento

This year there will occur events in Mbeya city on saturday 16th, in another  Dar on October 24th.

Some informations exist in kiswahili in this page on the attached files.

Pour le 17 Octobre de cette année, entre autres choses, vous trouverrez traduits du français vers le kiswahili des points de repères sur ce qu'est et n'est pas la journée. L'idée est de pouvoir le partager avec de nouveaux amis comme à Mbeya où se tiendra un événement samedi 16/10.

Nous l'utiliserons aussi pour l'événement du 24/10 à l'Alliance française de Dar. C'est davantage un outil de travail avec des partenaires qu'un outil de communication.

You can see more informations about October 17th in Dar, and Mbeya City in the following links. Click here please:

Mbeya City and Dar Es Salaam

La Haye, Utrecht, Heerlen, Nimwegen - Domenica 17 Ottobre 2021 - Stones tell a story

In the Netherlands there are 5 celebrations of October 17th.

-The Hague, at our National Centre, 

- 't Zwervel, with the youth movement,

- Utrecht - a collaboration with local and national organisations fighting against poverty,

- Heerlen, with the theatre-play "Zie de Mens (= Watch the human Being) created with people who live in situations that make them vulnerable",

-  Nimwegen, after the Mass (RC) at the Wall of Peace where a stone is graved with a text of Father Joseph: Our only arm is the love for humanity, passion for justice and peace." Here we will read the international message, adapted with Dutch examples, sing Oh Freedom, read a poem by Joke Kersten "Watch the human being" 

Interesting too: The groupe in Heerlen painted "Solidaritystones" especialy for the 17h october celebration. Each of these stones tell a story. These stones are photographed and the stories written at each stone.

La Haye, Utrecht, Heerlen, Nimwegen

Dublin - Domenica 17 Ottobre 2021 - It’s Time to Change and End Persistent Poverty

The 17th October Committee would also like to invite you to attend the in-person event Dublin event on Sunday 11am at the Poverty Stone.- Invitation below- Programme for the Dublin event inside the booklet.

Please find attached our 17th October National Booklet - displaying the groups around Ireland who are marking the International Day. Please feel free to share


11.00 Words from the MC - Peter McVerry

11.05 Welcome and address - Lord Mayor of Dublin - Alison Gilliland

11.10 Song – Cathal and Aine Holland

11.15 Reading of the Message of the Human Rights and Poverty Stone

11.20 writing - what change you would like to see in the world on butterflies -
keep hold of the butterfly for the common gesture later in the proceedings

11.25 Reading of the President’s Message – Andrew Kelly

11.30 Testimonies based on lived experience of poverty and injustice:
Dominican Justice Office- Roselin Blessing Makumba.
All Together in Dignity (ATD) Ireland Anne - Marie Fay & Christina Powell
Pavee Point- Pa Reilly
SAOL Project

11.50 Song from SAOL about 17th October – No Need

12.00 Musical piece- Cathal and Aine Holland (Background)
Dramatic presentation based on Discrimination:
This piece highlights the 9 grounds of Equality Legislation, the Jigsaw pieces
represent the interconnectivity between the grounds, and the missing piece
represents the need to extend the Irish Equality Legislation to include a 10th
ground - to protect people from Socio-economic Discrimination
12.10 Poem reading from the new Lockdown Liberties poetry proj

(Lorraine Kelly – Philip Kenny)

12.15 Symbolic Gesture: Butterflies For Change

12.25 Final Song SAOL - Something inside so strong

12.30 Closing Remarks and thanks: MC


Brussels - Lunedì 11 Ottobre 2021 - Steps forward in recognizing and assessing discrimination based on socioeconomic status

Monday 11 October 2021 14:30 ­ 15:30

Online event

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Although discrimination on grounds of socio­economic situation is a widespread reality, it is still invisible. Covid­19 pandemic has exacerbated this form of discrimination, including in education and health care. Simultaneously, the digitalization of services has made the situation of people living in poverty increasingly difficult – a form of indirect discrimination. This session will discuss discrimination on grounds of socioeconomic situation in our today’s society as well as the strategies to raise awareness about it. The discussion will gather experts from different background who have widely work on this issue: ATD Fourth World (represented by Bert Luyts) has played an important role in advocating for the recognition of this form of discrimination in France. Claire Hédon, French Défenseur des droits, has dealt with many cases on that question. Finally, Sarah Ganty, researcher, has widely written on the importance of protecting people against discrimination on grounds of socio­economic status in European and national laws.