Young churchgoers to highlight slum conditions by living in poverty conditions

Youth members from Eden Church on Somers Road, Malvern are raising awareness of slums by undertaking a 'Slum Survivors Challenge' at the church over this weekend. From left: Nicky Webb, Elliot Ward, Russell Dudley, Grace Blackmore and Andrea Pulle

Youth members from Eden Church on Somers Road, Malvern are raising awareness of slums by undertaking a 'Slum Survivors Challenge' at the church over this weekend. From left: Nicky Webb, Elliot Ward, Russell Dudley, Grace Blackmore and Andrea Pulle

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YOUNG members from a Malvern church will be living in slum conditions this weekend to highlight the plight of the world's poorest people.

Youth members of the Eden Church, Somers Road, aged from 12 to 15, will have to create makeshift shelters out of scanty materials and live in them while eating rice and lentils and walking miles to fetch fresh water.

Russell Dudley, the youth leader at the church, said: "Our youth group has just returned from a week’s camp held in Stafford called Soul Survivor.

"Whilst we were there, they launched a nationwide campaign to get youth groups from all around the country to join in their Slum Survivor challenge. The aim of the campaign is to help raise awareness of what it is like to spend a life in a slum."

Starting today (Friday), the young people will have to build shelters out of wooden pallets, rope, cardboard boxes and tarpaulins in the grounds of the church.

"Many slums are washed away or get destroyed, so the youth group will find out what this is like. Their slums will get destroyed at some point on the first day and they will have to rebuild it with broken bits of materials," said Mr Dudley.

They will also have to walk up to three miles to collect their water for the day, survive on only two meals a day of plain rice and lentils which they will have to cook themselves and spend the night in their makeshift shelter regardless of the weather.

Mr Dudley said: "The catchphrase of the campaign is ‘Spend a day the way millions spend a lifetime’, and we just want to make people think about how hard life is for so many people in different parts of the worlds today."

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12:06am Sun 31 Aug 14

anmkdsarma says...

This is very responsible move taken forward by the elders of the society so as the current and the next generation truly understands the life of slum dwellers. Just to add, the life in a slum is different in different countries and if they can travel to developing countries where these slums are more in number can experience much better so as they can be well prepared to find out solutions for their many problems/pains/needs
. For example, defecation,cooking,b
oiling,working or earning,lighting,ent
ertainment,relaxatio
n, education,etc are their major challenges and out of all these, the most important challenge is earning/working which is very irregular in nature as most of them depend on temporary works and it is as low as 2-3 days in a week and when they get sympathy from politicians,NGOs, the problem gets worst as none of them mostly show the way to come out of this rather make much more complicated. It's like this-We should not only focus on helping them in the short to medium term but also make them stand on their own feet by way of education and improving their skills so as scope for income generation increases. In many countries, shelter has been provided in slums by constructing vertical buildings either in the same area or outside the city but if they are of poor quality as civil contracts were mostly executed by corrupt politicians through their hand-picked contractors. This will further increase the slum dwellers problems in terms of maintenance, etc. This indicates how important a town planning as we are ignoring the relocation of various communities for earning their livelihood. Nature allows all of us to leave peacefully and co-exist but we are working against the nature due to which poverty in villages get transferred to towns..Inclusive Development, Peaceful Co-Existence are the only way to prevent our next generation to become slum dwellers in reality
This is very responsible move taken forward by the elders of the society so as the current and the next generation truly understands the life of slum dwellers. Just to add, the life in a slum is different in different countries and if they can travel to developing countries where these slums are more in number can experience much better so as they can be well prepared to find out solutions for their many problems/pains/needs . For example, defecation,cooking,b oiling,working or earning,lighting,ent ertainment,relaxatio n, education,etc are their major challenges and out of all these, the most important challenge is earning/working which is very irregular in nature as most of them depend on temporary works and it is as low as 2-3 days in a week and when they get sympathy from politicians,NGOs, the problem gets worst as none of them mostly show the way to come out of this rather make much more complicated. It's like this-We should not only focus on helping them in the short to medium term but also make them stand on their own feet by way of education and improving their skills so as scope for income generation increases. In many countries, shelter has been provided in slums by constructing vertical buildings either in the same area or outside the city but if they are of poor quality as civil contracts were mostly executed by corrupt politicians through their hand-picked contractors. This will further increase the slum dwellers problems in terms of maintenance, etc. This indicates how important a town planning as we are ignoring the relocation of various communities for earning their livelihood. Nature allows all of us to leave peacefully and co-exist but we are working against the nature due to which poverty in villages get transferred to towns..Inclusive Development, Peaceful Co-Existence are the only way to prevent our next generation to become slum dwellers in reality anmkdsarma
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