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Glasgow - Mercredi 06 Octobre 2021 - Little stones, Large Cairns. Sharing the UN Day for Eradication of Poverty

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A contribution to the online event

Patrick Lubin – New York – 6 October 2021

Good afternoon everybody. Thank you for the invitation to celebrate with you today, for me it is a great honor.

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is important for me because it is a commemorative day to honor all the victims of poverty and to celebrate all the people fighting to eradicate poverty in the world. It is a gathering all around the world, all of us who have suffered of poverty together with all that are fighting to end poverty. It is a moment of meditation to make silence to honor all the victims of poverty. For me it is as well a day to remember Joseph Wresinski, the founder of ATD Fourth World.

I remember very vividly the first time I went to the United Nations. Christelle, a friend, invited me to the commemoration on October 16, 2015.

For me, who has defended people all my live before living in the street,  when I spoke at the UN on October 17 2016, it was to represent all the people that, like myself have suffered in the street. It was an opportunity to honor the fight of these people.  I have witnessed all this and I have to be there, I have to participate.

I got into this fight because we are representing ourselves, our families, our communities and ATD Fourth World. We represent people around us, even if we don’t know them. We are engaged in the same fight to stop poverty, to bring awareness to churches, mosques and temples, to reduce inequalities, to stop human rights violations,  to change the laws.

To stop poverty in the world we have to get involved, I feel if I am not there I am missing something crucial. I have to be here and fight because we need to defend the right to be respected, to housing, to food and we need to end humiliation.

Being present and feeling welcomed at the United Nations is a huge honor for me, especially to have the right to speak. It is a powerful privilege to address my speech to the world, to explain what I went through while living in extreme poverty and what a challenge is to survive.

Not everybody has the possibility to speak at the UN. It is because of the work of ATD Fourth World that we can speak at the UN so I spoke representing ATD Fourth World.

October 17 is a day to celebrate, at the UN we are present with our power to make people understand and become aware that there is another world where people suffer and are traumatized because of poverty. Society mainly doesn’t care, we are mistreated and humiliated. So we are there to stop humiliation and represent our people.

When Kim spoke at the UN for the first time, for her, for us, it is a lot of pain but it give us the chance to change what people think about poverty, what we can do better to stop poverty so that people understand and have knowledge of what poverty is, what kind of traumas we go through. Thanks Fighting poverty is a kind of war for us.

At the UN we want to send a message and there we feel we are not alone because people are there with their heart and intelligence to support us to eradicate poverty.

We are there to advocate for people who don’t have the possibility to speak, to be heard, so that we are not forgotten. If you speak at the UN you speak to the world.

Having the commemorative stone at the UN for me means to remember for ever October 17, 1987 when father Joseph Wresinski inaugurated the stone in Paris and when later the day was recognized the day to honor the victims of poverty.

I remember when I used to go with my father to the memorial to honor the victims of war, the stone is the same, it is a monument to honor people in poverty. Poverty is a war because it is killing people.

The stone is a place to be all together to respect and take a moment of silencfor the victims of poverty.

Description de l'événement

Why is there a stone in the centre of Glasgow marking October 17, the UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty? Listen to the story unfold.

6 October 2021

17:00 – 18:00 CEST

Online event, you can register here

About this event

On October 17, 1987, 100 000 people from around the world gathered in Paris in the Plaza of Human Rights and Liberties to unveil a large marble commemorative stone. Among them many for whom the living connections between poverty and human rights were a tangible everyday. Many for whom the journey to get there was long, unexpected and at times difficult. People calling themselves Human Rights Defenders.

Part of the text of the stone reads:

"Wherever men and women are condemned to live in poverty, human rights are violated. It is our solemn duty to come together to ensure these rights are respected."

Since 1992, October 17 has been officially recognised by the United Nations as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and many other stones have been unveiled around the world.

A day for those living with poverty and others standing in solidarity with them to state that poverty is not inevitable, is not acceptable and is a denial of human rights.

Our event shares the story of the day and how it is marked - both around the world and in here in Glasgow. Hearing from some of the people and places at it's heart, and asking how we can all get involved.

You will be invited to find and bring a small stone, big enough to write on to the event. Even though we will be meeting online, we can still see that little stones build large cairns.


Ile IFE - Dimanche 17 Octobre 2021 - Online event with Whatsapp group plaform by TIM TALKS

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Some interesting excerpts from the conversation via TimTalk

Description de l'événement

The 2021 international day for poverty eradication was commemorated by Tim Talks by organizing an online event to answer basic but important questions to the discourse of poverty eradication. The aim of this event is to make young people understand the severity of poverty and why they must be actively involved in its eradication.


Sofia - Lundi 18 Octobre 2021 - Art Gallery, within different meeting outside under tents

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An exhibition marking the World for overcoming Extreme Poverty Day 2021 took place between 18 and 20 October.

Visitors had the opportunity to discover its various parts, fruits of regular dialogues with people experiencing poverty and of initiatives with children and their families as part of the struggle to build a bridge with education. Anyone could come, sit down and look at the photos and movies revealing the world of these initiatives.
The first interactive workshop took place around a participatory research called “The Hidden Dimensions of Poverty”.

Participants shared how resisting to poverty is exhausting their abilities. "Because of our poverty situation, our hands are damaged by the constant carrying of luggage."
"Extreme poverty is a torture. Poverty can be fatal; not only a person can get sick, but he can also die. He became seriously ill and could not work."

Two other events took place on Tuesday: an artistic workshop with clay and the screening of the film "Crafts by Heritage" from Stolipinovo / Plovdiv /. It presents the work of various craftmen from the neighborhood. After the screening, a short discussion began. The director said that it was good for the film to be screened in Sofia and to see the many positive reactions.
On the third day, a meeting of the members of the Network Against Poverty was held. It was the first meeting not online, as this network has started in 2021. It continues its work on four main topics: access to housing, healthcare, ID cards and education.
The closing of this exhibition is not the end! This is the beginning of a new year of engagements! Let’s put an end poverty all together!

Description de l'événement

Bulgaria, from Monday to Wednesday, we are starting a 3 days exhibition in an Art Gallery, within different meeting outside under tents.
We'll present the 5' video about the Hidden Dimensions of Poverty in Bulgarian for the 1st time, and also it will be the first meeting of the new National Network against Poverty. Both of them required a long process.

You can look at the presentation in Bulgarian and English on our Facebook page:


CHENNAI (MADRAS) - Dimanche 17 Octobre 2021 - Child ambassadors for Oct 17th

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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.

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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 - Dimanche 17 Octobre 2021 - OKTOBA 17, SIKU YA KIMATAIFA YA KUTOKOMEZA UMASIKINI

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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.

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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