For the past 17 years, ATD in Ireland has been close to family members facing persistent poverty and struggling daily to live in dignity.


We develop a human-rights based participatory approach through grass-roots projects in partnership with people living in poverty. All around the world, around 100 projects, all inter-connected within the network of ATD International, remain focused on constantly reaching out to the most vulnerable families, those who have a long history of poverty and educational disadvantage even in the so-called developed countries.

Projects in 2017

  1. 1,001 Stories of Change - This storytelling project will be launched in Dublin on Thursday 30 th March 2017. The aim of the project is to complete a short collection of stories to launch for the 17 October, UN End Poverty Day. The stories will be messages of hope and encouragement told by those who have experiences of hardship and difficulties. These stories will be real life accounts of positive moments that people have experieced even though they had to face obstacles in their lives. €6,000 are needed!

  2. When voices unite: let's break the silence to leave no one behind “Whether in the aldeas of Guatemala, the mornes of Haiti, the slums of Africa or Asia, or the shantytowns of Europe, wherever families are trapped in the most intolerable poverty they sing their dignity.“ Joseph Wresinski, founder of ATD. From April to October 2017 ATD Ireland will liaise with groups and choirs to organise a major collective singing session on the evening of the UN End Poverty Day. ATD will also create a small choir open to everyone, that would gather both Irish and non-Irish foreign volunteers, including a large majority of people experiencing poverty. The project will be launched by a singing session on Tuesday 11 th April 2017 involving community members of Dublin 1 and the youth choir of the 'Opéra du Rhin' (Strasbourg, France). €3,000 are needed!

  3. We are ONE to Stop Poverty! We support Goal ONE to End Poverty ! From 12 February 2017, ATD Ireland will promote the On-Line International Call to Action . Ahead of the 2017 UN End Poverty Day, with the support of the Irish 17 October Committee, ATD Ireland will network with many NGOs from various sectors to make the UN Day an important day to mobilise Irish society in support of the 17 Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its central challenge 'to eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions'. €5,000 are needed!

  4. In the Summer 2017 a group of 20 Irish young adults including young people from very deprived backgrounds will join 200 other young adults from all over the EU at a "Solidarity Festival for the Future of Europe". This festival of workshops and training opportunities will take place in the Netherlands. €3,000 are needed!