When Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans, it ripped apart families and communities as well as the city itself. But through it all, the resilience of the people of New Orleans has been inspiring.
Stacey first became involved with ATD Fourth World via Street Libraries, where her own children read books and participated in art activities. With the years she became more involved in her community, speaking out against the conditions faced by people living in poverty. When Katrina came through, dispersing her family and community, she continued her work, even reaching out to the Haitian people when a similar disaster struck their nation in 2010.
Her story is similar to that of so many other people from her city, and of people confronting poverty all over the world – she just wants her voice to be heard.
"Even in extreme poverty, a person has ideas. If these ideas aren't recognized, people fall even deeper into poverty" (participant in the Ouagadougou MDG seminar). To understand the successes and failures of the current MDG agenda, it is essential to think together with people living in extreme poverty. This is both a matter of efficiency and a moral duty, since participation in public affairs is a fundamental human right.
People living in extreme poverty see the day-to-day problems that arise from the current way development policies are designed and applied, and they have ideas on how these problem could be fixed.