Welcome to the US home of the international movement ATD Fourth World. We at ATD Fourth World believe that persistent 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
Every four years, ATD Fourth World members choose a set of common ambitions to guide the work of our members and teams worldwide. These ambitions unify the diverse initiatives taking place and foster collaboration with friends and partners. The Common Ambitions for 2013-2017 are based on evaluation of our work around the world, exchanges between members in different countries and participatory research on the correlation between poverty, violence, and peace (2008-2012).
In the United States, three national priorities emerged: Education, the Justice System, and Project Evaluation. These three priorities overlap with and reinforce ongoing local and national initiatives that remain central to our planning. This document serves to inform the public of our national work over the next three years, invite members nationwide to contribute time or knowledge to our national and local priorities, and assist members in Boston, New York City, the Appalachian Region, northwestern New Mexico, Chicago and New Orleans to complete their local planning efforts.