Garth Hill pupils get a taste of slums
June 10, 2010
Pupils are slumming it to get a taste of how hard it is for people their age living in deprived parts of the world.
Children aged 13 and 14 from Garth Hill College in Bracknell are spending two days living in miserable conditions in a charity project called Slum Survivor.
The group is living in two structures – one for the 13 boys and the other for the six girls – made up of items such as tarpaulins and wooden palettes that people in slums would be able to scavenge for.
They will also go without home comforts like phones and TV and will only be allowed to wear the clothes they arrive in.
To get water they will have to walk about a mile to Warfield Primary School where they will be able to fill up their containers.
Organiser Becky Medlicott said: “They are doing all this to gain a greater awareness and understanding of what it is like to live like a billion people in the world who live in slums.
“They will only be eating twice a day, they will have to wash in buckets and will only be able to get drink water by walking a mile – it won’t be easy for them.
“They’re doing it in a garden area of the school – it’s quite a big area but once they’ve built their little slum home there won’t be a lot of room.”
The group built their temporary homes yesterday and will emerge tomorrow.
Slum Survivor has been organised by the charity Tearfund and the youngsters have gained sponsorship for their efforts.