Surviving slums with Eden Bow

Published on August 26, 2017

On 3 August 2017, seven young people from Eden Bow in East London took part in an event called Slum Survivor to raise money for Ugandan charity Kids Club Kampala and also for their trip to the summer youth event Soul Survivor.

Tim is one of Eden Bow’s Soul Survivor veterans, and this year will be his third time attending the summer conference. He is also a young person who is passionate about making a change in the world and spent 24 hours building a slum and completing challenges to find out more about the work of KCK.

We catch up with Tim to ask what he thought of the experience.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m 14 years old and I am from East London. I support Manchester United and I love playing tennis. My mum is from Kampala in Uganda.

What did you get up to last Thursday?

Basically, we had to build a slum to sleep in. We were given bits of wood [wooden pallets and old wardrobes] and plastic sheeting to cover it over. We were only allowed to use rope and nails to put it together. We built it in the garden of the local community centre.

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Were there any rules about what you were allowed to do?

Yes. We weren’t allowed to use our mobile phones and we only ate three meals of rice and daal over the whole 24 hours. If we won any of our challenges then we got an extra piece of white bread. We were only allowed to drink water.

What sort of challenges were there?

At one point in the afternoon I asked if I could play football. One of the leaders told me that if I wanted to play football then I would have to make my own football out of carrier bags, newspaper and string. The challenge was hard as the quality of ball wasn’t great and the string kept coming undone.

What was the hardest challenge?

I would have to say that the water challenge was hardest. Olivia from KCK told us about how people have to walk a long way to collect water in Uganda and this is for drinking, washing and cooking so they need to get lots. We had to move water from a large bucket to another one about 20 metres away by carrying pots of water on our heads. It was very tiring and we all got soaked.

What did you miss the most during the 24 hours?

I missed proper food! Well … it is proper food, but I missed the variety. I just knew my sister and uncle were eating some great food at home. I really missed sugar and so my energy levels were really low. I hardly slept that night as it was very uncomfortable in the slum. When I went home I just fell straight onto my bed.

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Given that you were also raising money for your trip to Soul Survivor, what are you most looking forward to about that trip?

So much! I love the camaraderie with everyone and getting to learn more about God. Going the last two years has been life changing for me as I have encountered God in a way I never have before.

What did you learn from this experience?

I heard that if I have a roof over my head, running water and food every day then I am in the top 4% most privileged people in the world.

I definitely appreciate more what I have. I appreciate that I have proper bed, a games console, a loving family and roof over my head that won’t leak or break. I have lots of things that not many people have. I am very lucky and very privileged.

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