Sunday, October 23, 2011

ATD Walking Exhibit

Lakad Laban sa Kahirapan, Mga Larawan ng Pag-asa was launched last October 16, 2011 at the Rizal Park after the commemoration of the International Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty.

The sketches were done by artist, former Probe Reporter and ATD Friend Robert Alejandro. The people portrayed marched along their banners.

Nico, an out-of-school boy living in a public cemetery who dreams to become like Francis M.
Carmen, an OFW who teaches arts & crafts to youths living under the bridge.
Lita, a tomb caretaker
Elina, a grandmother constantly fighting against people who are demolishing her house by the river.
Anna, a teenager who wants to set up a pre-school for poor children
Mary Grace, a girl who hopes to be a teacher
Waldo, a cigarette and newspaper vendor
Marie, a laundry woman, barangay tanod and ATD facilitator
Anne-Sylvie, an ATD full-time volunteer

International Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty 2011

Here are photos from the commemoration held at Rizal Park last October 16, 2011.

Hundreds of people from different communities, civic organizations, and government agencies as well private citizens attended the commemoration.

Highlights include the testimonials of ATD community members and friends regarding their fight agains poverty, the performance of the Balatuba Boys (group of teenagers from a public cemetery) performing and composing a rap number for their friend who died due to violence and poverty, and the launch of the ATD Walking Exhibit: Lakad Laban sa Kahirapan, Mga Larawan ng Pag-asa.

Local and international officials graced the event like DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman, NAPC Secretary Joel Rocamora and UN Resident Coordinator Jacqueline Badcock.