17 October National Programme 2020

The Irish 17 October Committee has some exciting news!   17 groups around the country are among those marking #17October World Day to #EndPoverty this year. Read all about it in the National #17October 2020 Programme Booklet published today.   The Committee wishes all 17 grantees every success with their World Day 17 October projects.   Supported by the DEASP @welfare_ie Public Awareness Funding scheme 2020.   See the booklet here: https://t.co/j5ZD7BH4A1   #LeaveNoOneBehind  #17octIRL

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International 17 October Committee Message for UN International End Poverty Day 2020

Global Theme — “Acting together to achieve social and environmental justice for all ” The theme for the Day this year addresses the challenge of achieving social and environmental justice for all. The growing recognition of the multi-dimensionality of poverty means that these two issues are inseparably intertwined, and that social justice cannot be fully realized without aggressively rectifying environmental injustices at the same time. Whereas progress has been made in addressing income poverty, there has been less success in addressing the other important dimensions of poverty, including the rapidly growing impact of the environment, within a more holistic approach. As the…

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Donald Lee named as President of the International Movement ATD Fourth World

We are pleased to announce that Donald Lee was named president of the International Movement ATD Fourth World at its last annual general assembly. Born in Malaysia and migrating to Australia, Donald is an economist. He worked at the UN for many years, first in Bangkok, then in New York at the Division for Sustainable Development and at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. From the start he helped our New York team to mark October 17 within the UN. He became a reliable and faithful friend. For the United Nations, he was central to the evaluation and recommendations report of the…

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Arrival of Dann, Mary and Stewart to ATD Ireland team

The team and friends of ATD Ireland are delighted to welcome 3 new team members who have just arrived in Ireland. Dann Kenningham from Yorkshire and London Town, who arrives with his family, is a member of the International Volunteer Corps of ATD Fourth World and has worked previously with ATD in the Philippines, Belgium, France and the UK. Stewart and Mary McMurchie from Scotland, and also members of the International Volunteers Corps, have worked with ATD in France, Canada and the UK. We wish them all the best with their new mission in Ireland and we greatly value their many years of experience…

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This lockdown is a lesson to be learnt from!

"In this period of lockdown we have all in many ways been made aware of what it means to lose your freedom... to live in isolation... to have reduced choices… to have a finger pointed at you. This is giving people an insight into what we are living - me and many people struggling in our own community live this reality day-to-day." Paul Uzell Community Activist This lockdown is a lesson to be learnt from. Have you ever considered social maltreatment as a dimension of poverty? In 2019, ATD Fourth World International and Oxford University carried out participatory research in 7…

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Messenger Birds

ATD Fourth World is part of a worldwide, child-led network called Tapori. Its motto is: “We want all children to have the same chances”.Around the world, children are experiencing lockdown and are cut off from their friends. This is why ATD Ireland is inviting children in Ireland to create Messenger Birds describing their experiences and their hopes for the future. The birds help children to share words of friendship and encouragement with one another.Please click here for step by step instructions showing how children can take part. You can also watch this video created by the UK End Child Poverty Coalition.For the children:Send a…

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Corona Virus Update

To read a message from the International leadership team with regards to the current pandemic please click here. We are encouraging people to keep connected through the net. You can follow our updates on Twitter and Facebook.  Sending positive energy and virtual hugs to you all.

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Programme for Government

15 community & voluntary organisations jointly write to the political parties seeking inclusion in the new Programme for Government of the #10thground of #SocEcoDiscimination in Irish Equality Legislation. Read our letter here: https://bit.ly/2u6WXiA

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17 October – Dublin Event

As always on the 17th of October, ATD alongside the 17 October committee launched our annual event at the Human Rights and Poverty Stone, Dublin, to mark the UN International Eradication of Poverty Day. This years chosen international theme was “Acting together to empower children, their families and communities to end poverty”. In relation to this, we chose a sub-theme of ‘footsteps for a better future’ and so we placed hundreds of colored footprints of peoples dreams (many of those written by children) that we had collected over the past months as well as on the day, from the famine statues to the…

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