Young people spent a night and a day living in temporary shelters to learn about the experience of a billion of the world’s population.
A quality construction job: the grassy mound above the car park looks like a great building location
In the darkness there is consternation when a government official orders the grassy mound to be cleared of dewllings
Relocation, relocation, relocation: if we work together we can get everything moved
Welcome to our temporary home!
Well wrapped up for a cold (but thankfully dry) night
The ultimate Slum Survivor: Ellen had brought mountain survival kit
Morning has come a bit early for some slum dwellers
More construction in the morning as the younger Revive group arrive: the folding door is a novel architectural feature
My dwelling has bubble wrap on the floor: I can pop it if I get bored
We’re all friends here: we can cope with a bit of overcrowding
Find out more about related activities on our youth and community action pages.
Many of the world’s poorest people live in temporary shelters on land they don’t own, with little access to clean water and an uncertain supply of food. Slum Survivor aims to give some idea of what it is like to live in these conditions.
Our car park was turned into a shanty town as young people and leaders lived in shelters made of wooden pallets, plastic sheeting and cardboard and were exposed to the hazards of urban poverty through a series of games and challenges.
Meal time: It’s rice and beans! As it will be for every meal from now on…
“Be on your guard against all kinds of greed”: reflecting on how we felt about the forced clearance
If you have no money, a football can be made out of plastic bags: this one was used for a tournament
Rice and beans again for lunch… but 3 people were given bacon rolls too! Life is so unfair, in the slums and elsewhere
When a stranger turns up and offers places for young people at an agricultural college, it sounds like a good deal… until someone else comes along, hands out chocolate and offers the opportunity to work in the houses of rich Westerners, with good pay and accommodation. Let’s debate this… who should we trust?
An aid worker makes an offer… is it genuine?
Money and water challenges
How can a slum family make enough money to survive a week? Especially when an aged member is sick and needs medicine…
Teams had to transport water over long distances by some highly inefficient methods. How much do we value access to clean running water?