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Fairchild Lawn Becomes ''Shantytown''

The lawn of Fairchild Hall is a place to find people playing frisbee, walking along and conversing with one another, and from Tuesday, November 13 through Friday, November 16, it was home to a makeshift shantytown.

The Shantytown on Fairchild Lawn

The rag-tag town was erected for Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week, and was sponsored by Habitat for Humanity, in conjunction with the BCC and CELTS. The students’ goal was to make passerby stop and think about how others who are less fortunate are forced to live. A few tents were pitched on the lawn, along with a few structures made out of wood and tarps thrown together.

The main structure, which looked as though it would be a less than desireable shelter from a stiff wind, was covered in written facts about homelessness. Some of the bits of information included statistics like “3.5 million people experience homelessness each year,” and, “In Kentucky alone more than 44,000 people experience homelessness each year.”

“The Shantytown is the Berea College version of OXFAM’s Night Without a Home” said Gerri Guy, student coordinator for the week’s events. OXFAM, an international organization that is committed to fighting poverty, has given many student groups ideas and guidelines for service projects this year.

Students had planned on staying in the structure for a night, but they were asked not to do so due to inclement weather.

Other events for the week included a hunger banquet, silent auction, candlelight visual, speaker and the painting of a mural that was later donated to the Berea Food Bank.

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