Auburn’s Committee of 19 to bring Slum City to campus, March 26-28

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Committee of 19 at Auburn University is creating a “Slum City” on campus, starting Tuesday, March 26.

Members of the student organization leading Auburn’s War on Hunger campaign will construct life-sized replicas of urban slums on the Haley Center concourse for visitors to walk through and witness life in a “Slum City.” The city will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, March 28.

“Our goal is to raise awareness about what the living conditions are like and what the everyday realities are for the more than one billion people around the world who live in extreme poverty in urban slums,” said Lauren Little, Committee of 19 president. “More importantly, we want to make students aware of some of the solutions to the daily hardships that are being created and discovered every day.”

Committee members and representatives of Servants in Faith and Technology, or SIFAT, will be on hand to talk about solutions to slum life problems. Little said they also will have technology demonstrations to show the ways lives of those who live in slums are being improved by simple techniques.

“Hopefully people will be inspired to learn more and contribute their own ideas and skills,” she said.

After walking through the city, visitors will have the chance to buy items made by women from around the world who live in urban slums and sell the items to support themselves. Little said the money the committee collects from the sale will be sent directly to the women and their families.

(Written by Amy Weaver.)

Contacts: Kate Thornton, College of Human Sciences, (334) 844-1339 (brockmk@auburn.edu), or Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999, (clardch@auburn.edu)