It was on a hot and sunny July afternoon last weekend that Empathy Action’s Poverty Trap simulation came to Tunbridge Wells. Over the course of a few hours the basement of St John’s Church was changed from a sports hall into a run-down, oppressive slum.
60 brave souls descended into the gloom to take part in the immersive activity which pits groups against each other in a battle of survival. The ‘family units’ attempt to make enough money to pay for food, water, rent and sanitation, all the while trying to send one of their group to school.
As one of Empathy Action’s first simulations as a newly registered charity, the occasion took on special significance. After discussions about the feelings evoked by the activity, the team spent some time explaining the mission and vision of the charity. There was time for questions and discussion at the end of the afternoon and many participants fed back with some extremely helpful and encouraging comments.
As Empathy Action seeks to reach out to more people with their simulations, your help is needed more than ever. If you would like to host a simulation for a group you know or if you know of any charitable causes that you think Empathy Action should be associated with then please don’t hesitate to contact us. Empathy Action is run by volunteers and can only grow and make a difference with the help of its supporters.