ATD Fourth World works to overcome the injustices of persistent poverty and social exclusion by bringing together people from all walks of life, learning from people who face poverty every day, and running family and community projects.

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

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Roles We Play: Esther Rodriquez, a Caring and Sharing Grandma

The Roles We Play is a communications project started by ATD Fourth World in England. The project explores the roles played by people with a lived experience of poverty within their families, communities, and society at large, which often times are not recognized. The aim is to highlight their efforts, recognize their contribution and challenge the negative attitudes often held towards vulnerable and excluded families.

Recently in the New Mexico team we in the United States embarked on this journey to share the stories of courageous women and men – the stories of lives often made of struggles and harm, secrets never told before, the story of lives full of hopes for the future and generations to come. Below is the story of Esther.



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