Do you know something about the life in Peru, Lima?
How do you think is it to live in a slum house?
How is it in your opinion to live in a low life-standard?
This project is about one simple night without a roof, without money and without any fridges for food.
All about the Project
A night without a roof is an outdoor activity, where young boys and girls are building their own carton houses and sleeping in them for one night. Round about the carton, we were cooking and selling cakes as well.
With this action, we want to show the world (and experience ourselves), how the people in slums in Peru have to live every day. We want to open their eyes and let them think about what they can do to save Peru, to save the world.
This Project was in Pfäffikon ZH, right before the Migros.
07.04.2018 – 08.04.2018.
This Project was organised by an OK-team (I am involved) of the evangelic church of Pfäffikon and supported by Tearfund . But it wasn’t a Christian activity, our main reason to do this was the Attention to help the People in Peru.
It took a few Meetings to fix the whole Program. Our Team was made of about five volunteers and two leaders. We had the Advantage, that this was not our first night without a Roof, the last one has been two years ago.
Our biggest Problem was to find hundreds of cartons to build our houses. It would have been a shame if there wasn’t enough. We had to phone some Enterprises and ask them for some carton. Most of the Enterprises were really critical – last but not least we did it!
When the coaches and the teens met first, we didn’t know, how we’ll fit together. To introduce ourselves, we first played a game with coal to make us look like poor people. Two strangers asked me if I had an accident! After the game we started to collect money for our mission in Lima and sold cake in front of the Migros. The price wasn’t a fix one, so everybody could choose a price and the money he or she wanted to spend in this project him-/herself. For our teens this step wasn’t an easy step because they didn’t have contact with costumers in their daily life.
The next thing they had to collect was rice, which we cooked with water and few salt in the afternoon. Before we were able to cook, we played another game near the lake of Pfäffikon ZH.
After our really poor meal, we listened to an interesting presentation of one of the members of Tearfund. Furthermore, I asked her one important question after the presentation:
What can we here in Switzerland do to help the people in the slums except spending money?
“One option is to use your mobile as long as you can and don’t always buy a new one. If you buy one, try to search for an occasion and not a brand new. In addition, you can try to eat less meat. Because meat needs very much of the world’s food resources, which we as humans could eat or use! If you buy some food, search for fair trade Food (banana, chocolate). And search for seasonal Food, don’t buy any strawberries in winter! With these little things you can change a lot!”
The night began and it got really cold. Our teens have been freezing and tried to get warm beside the fire. They realizes what kind of luck they have to live in Switzerland with that good conditions and a roof above their heads. Unless the troubles, they were happy. This showed us that a poor life doesn’t have to be an unhappy life.
Nobody slept very well and for a long time but all in all, it was a perfect experience to all of us.
Tearfund (tearfund.ch) is a Christian organisation, its foundation was in 1984. The Name Comes from “The Evangelical Alliance Relief Fund”. Their aim is to help poor people with education and social acting.
Nacht ohne Dach
“Nacht ohne Dach” (nachtohnedach.ch) is one of the programs of Tearfund.
Life in the slums in Peru and how Tearfund helps
Because living in Peru isn’t easy many of the kids were left alone by their families and they have to look for themselves on their own. Mostly, they become criminals to survive and didn’t visit any School. Tearfund builds up schools and courses, as well for parents to learn how to accept each other (woman often get hit by their men!!!)
Would you try a night like this?
“Live simply so that others may simply live” – Tearfund