ATD (All Together in Dignity) Fourth World is a movement of solidarity among, and in collaboration with, the most excluded families around the world. Founded in a shantytown in 1957 in France by Joseph Wresinski, who himself grew up in poverty, ATD Fourth World has active members in over 30 countries and correspondents in over 100. Members from different cultures and social backgrounds work together on projects that uphold the human dignity of each person, unleash and develop intelligence and creativity, and merge the knowledge of those in deep poverty with that of others.
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.
"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