Relocated Families Look Back on Their Situation

By ATD Fourth World Philippines “No comment…” “No comment…” that’s his reply when I ask Mr. B about the situation in the relocation sites. He moved three months ago to a new place some 2-3 hours away from Manila. A few days ago, his former dwelling under a bridge was demolished together with those of…

A PhD in Tire Repair

By Guy Malfait (Philippines) “Make sure you go see something other than Manila.” That was the advice we got upon arrival in the Philippines. Some weeks later, just before our kids started school, we were on our way to the Taal Volcano, one of the many natural marvels of the Philippines. Stuck in traffic and…

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How can we end hunger?

By Anne-Sylvie Laurent (Philippines) How can we end hunger?  At ATD Fourth World (All Together in Dignity), we believe that an essential step to overcoming extreme poverty is to listen and reflect with people who experience these conditions every day. We listened to the stories of Ate Aurora, Arlene, and Marissa. Like any one of us,…

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Life Under the Bridge

François Phliponeau, France Very often, people who live in poverty are stigmatized, feeling excluded from society. This week, the French president declared that poverty is “a humiliation for the Republic.” But feelings of exclusion and humiliation, are not inevitable. These photos show the life of Mr. Castro in Manila, at home and at work. “At home” means…

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By: Guy Malfait (Philippines) Yolanda / Haiyan was still an anonymous tropical formation somewhere in the Pacific. The newspapers were still talking about the huge corruption scandal masterminded by a business woman together with some politicians. The preparation of All Saints Day was a nice interruption for the media because even the biggest corruption scandals…

Let’s Just Help the Nice Ones

By Guy Malfait – The Philippines I still remember my mother, returning one day from the bakery, all turned up side down – a poor woman named Andrea (“And even more, a woman of ill repute!” added my mother) had made a scandal after the baker had “given” her a loaf of bread from the…

Dogs, Electric Shocks, and Poverty

By: Anne-Sylvie Laurent (Philippines) I stumbled upon the concept of “Learned Helplessness” almost accidentally and I promise that it has something to do with dogs, electrical shocks, poverty and human beings. But first, the theory We owe this concept to two North American psychologists: Martin Seligman and Steven Maier. They did some experiments (here animal…

Building a Sense of Hope in the Philippines

Author: Nina Yuson (Philippines) I have been postponing my article for the English blog for many reasons. I can’t pinpoint what would make me want to write an article. That I’d have to be very strongly agitated to write. And there are several things that do make me agitated these days. I know that these…

Being a Regular in a Community

Author: Anne-Sylvie Laurent ( Manila, Philippines) If it was my first time to attend a NGO cultural activity held at a Manila public cemetery, I may meet Analyn, a four-year old girl who lives there with her family. I will surely notice that she wears worn-out clothes with some dust on her skin that has…