Last Thursday saw our first double simulation in the idyllic setting of Farnborough Hill School in Hampshire. A mixture of one hundred and forty enthusiastic but slightly wary Year 7 and Year 10 girls ventured into the slum for just a small glimpse of daily life in the poverty trap.
Temperatures rose to sweltering degrees in the crowded room as the girls battled it out against the clock and against each other to survive. Both morning and afternoon groups wholeheartedly entered into the activity – attempting to make enough money to feed and clothe their families, avoid frequent epidemics, and escape eviction.
Several staff members were kind enough to help out too, taking roles as shopkeepers and health workers. We were particularly fortunate to have Dr Milly Bright on hand during our debrief session to give a first-hand account of her experience of Sierra Leone, highlighting the school’s existing links with her Feed the Hungry campaign, as well as encouraging other avenues of support like child sponsorship.
We hope the girls were inspired to consider how they might take action and we look forward to working with them in the future.
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