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ATD Fourth World Philippines

ATD Fourth World Philippines

1225 Labores St., Pandacan, Manila, 1011, Philippines

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+63 2 563 9312

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About Join us fight poverty! We empower through knowledge with our: • street libraries • forums & workshops • art activities • festival of learning We are ATD (All Together in Dignity) Fourth World Philippines 563.9312 philippines@atd-fourthworld.org
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Mission Eradicate Extreme Poverty!
Description Our Mission:

We hold a vision of a world without poverty.

“Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty.”

– Joseph Wresinski, founder of ATD Fourth World

We hold a vision of a world without poverty, a society where each person is respected. Poverty is an affront to human dignity, and people in poverty have unique knowledge and experience that can lower the barriers separating people and communities. ATD Fourth World is a movement that gathers people from all backgrounds in order to think, act, and live together differently.

The violence of extreme poverty, ignorance, deprivation, and contempt isolates people and locks them in silence to the point where they doubt that they are part of the human community. Recognizing the efforts made by people in poverty to ensure that no one is left behind, and combining our strengths to reach out to those still unreached, are essential steps on the path toward overcoming poverty and building peace together.

Our mission:
ATD Fourth World works to overcome poverty by seeking out people living in the worst conditions of poverty and exclusion.

“Poverty is not inevitable. Poverty is the worst scourge ever created by human beings; it is up to human beings to end it.”

– Joseph Wresinski, 1983

The most disadvantaged people can free themselves from the dependence and indignity of poverty when their courage and their capacity for action are recognized and when everyone takes responsibility for overcoming the prejudice and discrimination that continue to exclude people in poverty, on every continent. All our projects are designed and planned together with people living in persistent poverty, with the goal of leaving no one behind.


Wasting the intelligence of people living in poverty is a serious form of discrimination. We bring recognition to the
Awards Honorable mention Human Rights Prize France
Founded It was founded in 1957 in a shantytown near Paris, France, by Fr. Joseph Wresinski (1917-1988) who grew up in poverty himself.
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