Sierra Leone is close to home…

Calverley House

AN EXHIBITION in Royal Victoria Place is offering people the chance experience what life is like for a family in Sierra Leone.

The interactive installation, which arrived on May 8, will run until June 17 and recreates the family home of Sierra Leonean mother Miatta and her 8-year-old daughter, Ayie.

The first hut depicts the family’s struggles 15 years ago, while the second shows how the family are thriving after working with charity World Vision, whose staff provide tours of the display.

Steve Wood, Director of Marketing and Communications at World Vision UK, said: “We’re so excited for visitors in Tunbridge Wells to experience first-hand what it’s like to live in some of the world’s hardest places.

“It can be an incredibly moving experience, as visitors try to lift the heavy can of dirty water children like little Ayie have to carry every day, and see the dangerous open fire – the only place the family have to cook.

“But it’s also a chance to see the difference World Vision’s work makes to some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable children, and how we can all be part of the story of changing lives for the better.”

The installation will also offer pupils from local schools the opportunity to take part in hands-on African drumming workshops.

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