25 Apr

Our Stories Moving Us from Shame to Dignity

As this book has so many different stories I found it difficult to come up with a cover that would represent all of them at once. Instead of tackling each individual story I decided
to base the cover around the stories main corresponding feature.

All of the stories in this book were written by ordinary people who have a story to tell and this book enables them to do so. This is something that really inspired me and got me thinking. How each person we meet has a library inside of them, but too often we shy away from sharing it with anyone else. This was why I chose to do an assemblage of faces for the front cover.

It shows the diversity of the storytellers in the book. I arranged it so each face still
remains hidden. I think these are the two defining features of the book.

Firstly, these stories are coming from a range of people. Secondly, the fact that the book encourages people to dig deep and write down those stories that have been hidden away for so long.”

Martin Byrne, volunteer, member of the Board of ATD Ireland

Download the book “Our Stories Moving Us from Shame to Dignity” here!

21 Apr

Walk, jog or run to support literacy projects for children in Manila

Join All Together in Dignity Ireland women volunteers along with nearly 40,000 other women in the biggest all-women’s charity event in the world.

Help us to collect sponsorship and support ATD in Manila and Dublin. For every €10 collected, €3 will fund our work in Ireland and €7 will be sent to the ATD team in the Phillipines.

In July 2012, the ATD team in the Philippines launched its literacy programme Ang Galing in impoverished communities of Manila. Ang Galing are Street Libraries that supports children aged 6-14 to read and write. It builds up the self confidence of the children through having one to one teaching sessions.

Entry are now closed but you can still join the ATD dream team and help us make of 5th June a major fundraising day for ATD!

Your Help Can Make A Difference! Contact us at volunteering@atdireland.ie

20 Apr

Choirs unite in International Anti-Poverty Drive

Discover how By Ann Marie Foley reported on the launch of ATD Irenland’s project “When Voices Unite!” – originally published on www.catholicireland.net

Choirs Unite in International Anti-Poverty Drive

The ATD Ireland project will conclude on the 30th anniversary of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, 17th October 2017.

The final singing event will be broadcast by radios worldwide as people from all backgrounds come together to sing and unite their voices against poverty and social exclusion.

Voices united on the 11th April 2017 as members of choirs from Dublin and Strasbourg sang together. They were part of the Dublin launch of the international ‘When Voices Unite’ project by All Together in Dignity Ireland (ATD). Their first combined concert took place at the Swan Youth Service, St Agatha’s Hall, Dunne Street, Dublin.

It is one of many global events taking place from New Orleans to Madrid, all of which seek to celebrate the dignity of people living in poverty. Local choirs sing alongside professional choirs and members of the community from all walks of life.

“This launch is the first in a series of singing events that will run from April through October with the project concluding on the 30th anniversary of the UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty, 17 October 2017. The final singing event will be broadcast by radios worldwide as people from all backgrounds come together to sing and unite their voices against poverty and social exclusion,” said Pierre Klein, Coordinator of ATD Ireland.

Choirs in Dublin included Les Petits Chanteurs de Strasbourg – Maîtrise de l’Opéra National du Rhin (the children’s choir of the Strasbourg Opera). Their conductor Luciano Bibiloni and 30 singers arrived to perform in Ireland during the Easter week with music by Handel, Purcell, Dowland, Debussy, Saint-Saens and many others.

Irish music groups included young people from NYP2, the Swan Youth Service. CrossCare joined in by responding to the French performance with songs of their own. The event culminated in the groups singing together.

‘Hallelujah’ by Handel, the more modern ‘Hallelujah’ by Leonard Cohen and a unique version of ‘This Land is your Land’ were included in the repertoire.

“They sing their love, pain, dreams or memories, women and men, between the lines. Whether in Guatemala’s aldéas, as in [Haitian],  … African, Asian or European slums, everywhere I could hear families living in extreme poverty singing for their dignity”, said Joseph Wresinski, the initiator of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and founder of ATD.

Cassam Uteem, former President of Mauritius and President of the International Movement ATD Fourth World, said that those organising concerts in any neighbourhood, city or country will spread the word about people’s desire for dignity and help share a message of hope.

“You will join your voices with thousands of singers around the world and help grow the movement of people dedicated to leaving no one behind,” he said.

The Irish project was supported by the Impact Joe Lucey Small Grant Fund, the French Senate (thanks to French Senator Hélène Conway-Mouret), The Fondation ATD, Paris and private donations. At the time of going to print, ATD Ireland was still looking for donations to cover the full costs.

Other concerts performed were: Swan Youth Service, St Agatha’s Hall on Dunne Street, Dublin 1 on 11 April; St Patrick’s Cathedral on 12 April, and that evening St Therese’s Church, Mount Merrion with Mount Merrion Youth Choir; and Dublin City Hall on 14 April at 6.30 pm with Ardu.