30 Mar

ATD invites you to the launch of “100 Gritty Voices”!


“100 GRITTY VOICES” has been prepared and edited by Martin Byrne, Board member of ATD Ireland  and UN #EndPoverty Day Committee.

So ATD members are delighted to share an invitation with you to the launch of this very special edition of stories from the North Wall inner city community.

“100 GRITTY VOICES” are expressions of how life is experienced with the many hardships and tragedies endured but at the same time also those where the hope, kinship and aspirations of people have been built.

Martin’s long term commitment to this community is reflected in this twenty year long series of bringing people’s stories together. This year’s special book highlights the spirituality in the lives of family members of all ages, in the ways they support one another and those around them. Martin has been involved in this community for several decades and his passion for keeping alive the long history and the deep felt spirit of the North Wall community is in this inspiring annual collection of people’s lives and reflections.

On Tuesday 5th April 2016, we will gather in the National College of Ireland for a cup of tea at 6.30pm and be entertained by the music of local singers Eddie Byrne and Antoinette Dunleavy.

Paul Hendrick will then facilitate the gathering in chatting about our stories in the book.

Tara Kearns, local artist and Paul Kelly local photographer will make short presentations.
Some stories from the book with be read to us by the authors from St Laurence O’Toole Girl’s Senior School and Peter McVerry will formally launch the book.

To bring the launch to a close a full set of the previously published twenty North Wall books will be presented to the NCI college library.

Martin Byrne and ATD are most grateful to Dr Philip Matthews and the NCI for their generosity in hosting this event.

29 Mar

Be a #Magnificent17 at Women’s Mini Marathon: support children in Central African Republic and promote the 17 Sustainable Development Goals!


Women’s Mini Marathon – Dublin

Monday 6 June 2016 at 2pm – 10 km

This year the Seventeen Global Goals for Sustainable Development come into effect to achieve three extraordinary things by 2030 – end poverty, combat climate change and fight injustice and inequality.

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The Women’s Mini Marathon will be a an opportunity to #TellEveryone:  “#KnowYourGoals!”

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In 2016, your steps will again make a difference in Ireland and abroad!

Credit Card Online Donation is possible via PayPal!

For every €10 collected, €3 will fund our work in Ireland and €7 will be sent to the ATD team in the Central African Republic (CAR). In 2015, €1500 were sent to ATD in CAR via the ATD Foundation in France thanks to the support of women running in Dublin!


Since March 2013, violence has to torn the country apart. In Bangui, the capital, people have fled their homes and taken up refuge at the airport where foreign soldiers and humanitarian aid are located.

The ATD team is working to run Street Libraries among children at the refugee camp, using the children’s artwork to decorate the emergency hospital built by Doctors Without Borders.

Enter Now Online  www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie – Entry fee and charges: €21 – Closing date is 29th April 2016 or as soon as the maximum number of entries is reached.

You Can Make A Difference. Today.

We make your financial support go further! 83% of all funding received goes directly to anti-poverty projects.

Credit Card Online Donation is possible via PayPal!



24 Mar

Molenbeek gives light – ATD’s Easter Message 2016

Molenbeek – gives light –
– donne de la lumière –
– geeft licht –
– مولنبيك تشع نور  –

molelThe stories of Easter are numerous.
The first one is probably the one about a people remembering
captivity in Egypt and its liberation.
The Irish rising and its centenary is also about gaining
freedom and independence.
This week events in Belgium may also be part of some Easter history.
And ATD members worldwide feel connected to this country.
After ATD France,  ATD Belgium has been for decades
a very important reference and model for our global ATD family.
Many of its projects, in the past and today, were and are run in Molenbeek,
the area of Brussels often in the media recently.
As light came from people in slavery, oppression or exclusion in the past,
we believe that light is coming today
from remote, vulnerable or stigmatised areas.
“Molenbeek gives light” was and is the message
of local community groups including ATD Belgium.
Let’s make it our Easter message.

All Together in Dignity Ireland
wishes you a peaceful Easter time!

If the Easter week-end gives you some time for reading,
we invite you to discover the

“Claiming Our Future” 2016 Declaration for a future Ireland


ATD Ireland was part of the many groups who submitted contribution to draft this declaration. The outcome is a visionary document that proposes a fundamental transformation for Ireland, built on the core values of equality, environmental sustainability, participation, accountability and solidarity. It offers 21 guarantees to the citizens of Ireland. About the guarantees on “a participatory, accountable and inclusive democracy”, the declaration calls for “a public participation in policy making, including for those experiencing poverty, inequality, and social exclusion, and a constructive say in decisions.”

Donate to support the work of ATD Ireland

10 Mar

Post Paddy’s Late Late Breakfast with “Euro Djynamo”


After Paddy’s day, ATD is happy to invite young adults (age 18 to 30) to a “Djynamo” Young People breakfast and meeting!

We will have Irish or French full Breakfast (from 3pm as the night before will probably be long for many!).

We will discuss issues affecting young people.

We will prepare Irish “Djynamo” delegation who will attend a European meeting from 1st to 4th April 2016 near Paris!

More about the European DJYNAMO project here!

Event Facebook Page here!

08 Mar

Free Women Freeing Others! Marking Women’s Day 2016!


Happy International Women’s Day!

As we still fight for gender equality, does this 1975 call on the feminist movements appeal to you in 2016?

The fundamental question facing women today is to know whether they accept equal opportunity among themselves. Until now the world has never accepted an equality which gives priority to the most disadvantaged… This would be a radical turning point in the history of the world.”

Joseph Wresinski, All Together in Dignity,
Mexico, International Women’s Year, 1975

Read full appeal here: Women’s Year Appeal

04 Mar

The Claiming Our Future coalition presented a 2016 Declaration to President Higgins!


On 3rd March 2016, Claiming Our Future representatives met with President Higgins to present their ‘Declaration for a Future Ireland’. The initiative marks the centenary anniversary of the 1916 Proclamation.


The Civil Society network posed a challenge to individuals and groups from all over Ireland to declare their vision for the future Ireland. ATD Ireland was part of these groups and submitted his declaration “Who we are together” (see all the submissions here)! Some groups were also assisted to present their ideas in the form of ‘future news’ and encouraged to see the centenary as an opportunity to look to the future rather than just to the past.

The outcome is a visionary document that proposes a fundamental transformation for Ireland, built on the core values of equality, environmental sustainability, participation, accountability and solidarity. It offers 21 guarantees to the citizens of Ireland.

About the guarantees on a participatory, accountable and inclusive democracy, the declaration calls for “a public participation in policy making, including for those experiencing poverty, inequality, and social exclusion, and a constructive say in decisions.”

Download full text of the Declaration here!




01 Mar

Artisans of Peace Overcoming Poverty – Volume 2: Defending Human Rights



This new volume of the Artisans of Peace Overcoming Poverty series (which introduces partners in peace-building whose efforts have too often remained unrecognized) tells the stories of people defending human rights in very challenging contexts.

  • In Lebanon, Syrian refugees are often welcomed by families whose own living conditions are the most fragile. People like Abir Rizk, despite feeling torn between anger and peace when tensions flare, do as much as they can to “open our hearts” to everyone.
  • In the Philippines, as climate change displaces thousands of families who must then struggle with the loss of their livelihoods, many of them continue to invest efforts in building solidarity with their neighbors by reaching out to ask how the others are doing or by helping to identify families who need support in fulfilling the necessary requirements for the resettlement process.
  • In France, despite a public discourse that pits people of different backgrounds against one another in low-income housing projects and emergency shelter, people in poverty take risks to speak out about their situations in order to improve anti-discrimination laws.

When ATD Fourth World called on the United Nations to adopt Guiding Principles on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty, people in poverty in Guatemala, Thailand, Peru, and elsewhere pitched in to consult with the UN experts writing the text. These principles, adopted in 2012, represent a significant breakthrough in the thinking about poverty. The text recognizes that extreme poverty is both a cause and a consequence of human rights violations — not just the result of economic deprivation. It states that governments have a legal obligation under human rights law to eradicate extreme poverty. Human rights should play a major part in tackling poverty and guiding all policies affecting persons living in poverty. The latter should be recognized as “rights holders” — people who have the same rights as everyone else — and agents of change, able to participate in all stages of developing policies and programs that affect them directly. The text thus establishes an advance over the traditional thinking that tended to consider people in extreme poverty as objects of charity or as passive recipients who deserved a minimum level of humanitarian aid. Building on the concrete experiences of persons living in poverty, the Guiding Principles can help them to formulate claims or complaints based on a better understanding of their rights.

“We must acknowledge that no group of people experiences more violence, harm, segregation, control, or disdain than those living in poverty, as has been made evident by the work carried out by ATD Fourth World. […] Ignoring the situation experienced by those who live in extreme poverty is, in itself, a form of violence and a violation of human rights.”

Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona, United Nations Special Rapporteur, 2008–14

“While most of us believe we understand what is meant by extreme poverty, our understanding often fails to capture the full extent of violence, social exclusion, discrimination, indignity, and voicelessness suffered by poor people as a daily part of their lives. […] ATD Fourth World has been fighting to ensure universal respect for the dignity and human rights of the very poorest.”

Donald Lee, President, International Committee for October 17

The electronic version of this book will soon be available for download free of charge. Print versions can be ordered at Amazon.com.

Read an excerpt from Volume 2.