14 to 15 February 2015
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A group of 11 young people, led by church Youth Leader Matt Williamson and Tracey Nicholls, took part in a ‘Slum Survivor’ event at St. Mary’s Parish Church, Saffron Walden, recently. They chose to spend 32 hours the way a billion people who live in the world’s slums spend their lifetimes.
They had to build their own slum houses, built out of basic discarded materials, such as cardboard and tarpaulin. The young people had to eat simple food, such as potatoes, onion and rotis and faced restrictions in what clothing and personal items they could have.
During the 32 hours they completed 5 challenges that simulated aspects of slum life, including creating their own game with a discarded newspaper, carrier bags, string and tape.
£1017.40 was raised in total and will go towards the work of Soul Action for projects serving some of the world’s poorest communities and towards tickets for the young people to attend Soul Survivor this year. Amy and Edward Dunn who took part in the event said, “We now appreciate many home comforts and the variety of food that we can eat especially apple squash”.