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
Shame is one of the most persistent and destructive characteristics of poverty. It strips people of the strength to go on and turns what is really a simple economic situation into a destructive spiral.
Shame isn’t something that can be overcome with a benefit check or a social program. It takes patience and humanity. Bringing people in poverty to places like the UN so that their voices can be heard is a step on the path to empowering people to building policies that respect their rights, and to creating a more equal future.
“We need to reach out to people, bring them information, and provide anything that can help them overcome shame,” Jean Stallings said when she spoke at the UN. ”That is the right way to empower people.”