Visitors to Big Camps across the country came face-to-face with extreme poverty this year, with more than 1500 stepping through the doors of a new, travelling interactive exhibit.
NotONE, developed by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Australia, transports visitors into the lives of two people living in poverty before posing the question, “are you NotONE to let this continue?”
We wanted people to be able to step out of their lives for a few minutes and come face-to-face with the reality of life for those living in poverty.
Hundreds of visitors stepped into the shoes of Mary, an albino girl living in Tanzania, and Leyley, a Karen orphan living as a refugee on the Thai/Burma border.
“I’ve heard about the albino issue, but never seen it, felt it or understood it so personally,” said one visitor. “I can’t believe this kind of thing still goes on in our world.”
“It’s an immersive experience,” said Matthew Siliga, manager of ADRA Australia’s Public and Supporter Relations department. “We wanted people to be able to step out of their lives for a few minutes and come face-to-face with the reality of life for those living in poverty.”
As a result, hundreds of people joined ADRA’s prayer team, each taking on the responsibility to pray for the people ADRA works with around the world, the ADRA team and the work they do.
“Prayer is integral to our ministry,” Mr Siliga said. “Not everyone can support us financially or go on an ADRA Connections trip. But everyone can pray.”
|Matthew Siliga at the interactive exhibit.|
NotONE is the first exhibit of its kind to visit Big Camps in Australia. In 2012 it will return to South Queensland and North New South Wales, while also travelling to South New South Wales, South Australian, Western Australian and Tasmanian camps.
For more information about ADRA’s work and opportunities to get involved, or to view a digital version of NotONE, visit <www.adra.org.au> or connect at <www.facebook.com/ADRAAustralia>.