Lockdown Liberties Writers Corner

We recently set up a small private writing group, just a few of us to start with... a safe space where we can write, do spoken word, texts, songs and poems. We will be adding to this post as the writing flows so keep tuned. If you would like to contribute email us at info@atdireland.ie, every voice counts :)1. Walking through the woods today, there were two of us on an overnight camping fishing trip. We looked for a clearing to pitch our tents. We stop at a clearing its open and flat ground; the dark was creeping in slow. So, we got…

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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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Leave No One Behind Art Gallery

Here are two paintings I did recently. They didn't take too long to do, however it is clear that life on land and in water is something that is important to me. #leavenoonebehind In my community I have been noticing the sight and sound of lots of beautiful, colourful birds that are out and about making the most from this time of limited pollution and human greed/destruction. I would like to see a society where nature is not overlooked and where animals and flowers and trees are plentiful and thriving. This picture is something quite special for me. I have a…

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Leave No One Behind Art Project

"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." Vincent Van Gogh INVITATION TO OUR ART PROJECT: Hello everyone 🥰 We hope that you are all safe and keeping well ♥️✨ We wanted to start a little art project together during this time. So for those who are feeling creative - grab a pen, a pencil, a brush or whatever you have and draw, write, paint or colour something about what it means FOR YOU to LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND. For instance, you could base your idea on…

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