Welcome to the US home of the international movement ATD Fourth World. We at ATD Fourth World believe that chronic poverty can be eradicated. It can be done by working in partnership with people living in poverty. We work on the grassroots level in over 34 countries and in six areas of the US, and maintain consultative status at the United Nations, UNICEF, UNESCO, and the ILO.
“Wherever men and women are condemned to live in poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty.” – Joseph Wresinski
In Appalachia, we have the good fortune of partnering with several groups that do amazing work for families in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the country The Kids Central programs in particular offer Head Start services to low-income families in the area. Martine Courvoisier, a member of our team in Appalachia, volunteers at two of their centers several days a week.
This kind of arrangement is something we often do, hoping to support partners who are doing great work but are short on resources, hoping to learn from them for future ATD Fourth World projects. “The staff at Kids Central are wonderful,” Martine says. “They have been doing this for years and years yet they still show a lot of caring about the children, and respect to the families. I admire these people, all of them: staff, parents, and grandparents who take care of these young children and of their own families. Everyone really wants these kids to succeed.”