Aim - To experience how difficult it is to break out of poverty and hunger
Materials - A piece of chalk to draw a circle on the floor, or a masking tape circle on the floor, or a stick to draw on the ground.
How to do it
- Divide the group into two equal teams. One team represents poor people and the other one represents poverty and hunger.
- Draw a circle on the floor or the ground. The "poor people" team stays within the circle. The "poverty and hunger" team stays outside the circle.
- At your signal (clap, whistle or shout), the players inside the circle try to break out of it. The players outside the circle try to keep them in.
- Once a player breaks out of the circle, he becomes a "helper" and tries to help people inside the circle to break out of it. If no one breaks out, select one or two people to be "helpers"
- Continue the game for a few minutes, then change sides and play a second round.
- How easy is it for a person who is poor and hungry to get out of the circle of hunger and poverty?
- In which ways can people be supported to break out of hunger and poverty?
- Can the players identify similar situations in real life?
Note: this game didn't really work well for our group as the "poor" girls all just climbed under the arms of the "poverty and hunger" girls... but I have presented it on this site as it is a game that we did attempt! Perhaps it will work for you.