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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,…

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…

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…