To combat the increasing levels of poverty and misinformation, Garden Valley School Division (GVSD), Garden Valley Teachers Association (GVTA), and Central Station Community Centre held a Community Action Poverty Simulation.

Bev Wiebe Executive Director for Central Station said this sort of simulation can help open the eyes of participants to the reality of living in poverty.

"I was speaking to one of the participants and she said ‘I thought she knew what it felt like.’ She’s a school teacher and she said ‘I thought I really understood from my students what it was like to live in poverty. To be actually in it now you have an emotional involvement.’"

The simulation had participants take on the role of a person living in poverty. Only given limited resources and time people had to survive living through the week, some were evicted, some had their kids taken away some lost their jobs.

As the session progressed, Weibe says people began to become desperate and frustrated as they struggled to make ends meet.

PovertySimulation 3Julie Nikel and Bev Wiebe from Central Station Community Centre

In Canada 4.3 million people live in poverty, 1.3 million of those are children under the age of 18. As poverty increases in Manitoba and in Winkler as it grows, Wiebe said it was important to show people what that means living like that.

Though many walked away with a new understanding of the dire reality, Tina Fehr-Kehler Program Director for MCC Manitoba’s Low-German Services Program said she thought there were still some who walked away with a misguided interpretation of how people end up in that situation.

"Even after a session like this and people experiencing certain things that were out of their control, it seems like some still have the idea that a vast majority of people who are living in poverty that it is their own bad choices that have brought them to that situation."

Fehr-Kehler works with people every day who live in poverty and explained that this is not that case, as many factors lead to someone living in poverty. Some just do not have the resources to get their or their families essential needs, food, water, clothing housing.

"How do we get people to understand that there are so many things that impinge on a persons ability to afford these basic necessities? As a society we should be supporting each other to get those basic necessities, that should just be a given." Said Fehr-Kehler.

PovertySimulation 4After the simulation people were put in groups to have discussion on what they experienced and what does living in poverty mean.

One of the participants Zahid Zehri was intrigued by the concept of a poverty simulation, attended with his wife to better understand what living in poverty is like.

"I came with my wife, I told her it’s a very good opportunity to learn how the people live. Maybe we're not in the same shoes or the same situation but I think a majority of the people in the world live like this, like what we had experienced."

Zehri explained the message he will take home was communication in the family if there is no communication life will be exponentially more difficult, and how people must utilize their money. When resources are limited people must make the tough decisions on what needs to be sacrificed in order to try and make it through the week.

More Local News

The First Moments Of Life Showcased In Morden

Capturing the moments when a couple invites the newest member of their family was the goal of a group of eight photographers. Embracing community over competition, the group of photographers has…

Manitoba Artist Chronicles Stories Of First Nation Elders (VIDEO)

One man is continuing his quest to preserve the stories of First Nations, Métis and Inuit elders. A visual poet, historian and writer, Gerald Kuehl combines pencil-drawn portraits with his subjects'…

Evening Of Elegance Dressing Graduates For Their Big Day

Ten students were able to complete their graduation outfits thanks to the help of the Western School Division's Evening of Elegance. "It's an evening for young people that are graduating, to lighten…

Altona's RCU Now A Full Service Branch

The Rosenort Credit Union (RCU) is now full service. Staff celebrated the Altona branch re-opening, which included an expansion and one new hire. "We're gone full service, that means we have an ATM…

Alcohol Believed A Factor In Two Vehicle Collision In Winkler

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in a two vehicle collision Friday night at the corner of Pembina Avenue East and Eastview Drive in Winkler. Winkler Police, Fire Department and Paramedics responded…

Community Celebrates Outdoor Rink Made Possible By Donations

A 'mortgage burning ceremony' was recently celebrated in Lowe Farm. During the annual winter carnival earlier this month, the community took time to acknowledge that the $160,000 outdoor skating rink…

Pregnancy Care Centre Receives "Game-Changing" Support

The Pembina Valley Pregnancy Care Centre recently received a $4,300 boost thanks to Appelt's Diamonds. The charity had been chosen as part of Appelt's battery exchange program. Customers receive…

Province Says Major Spring Flooding Unlikely in Manitoba

It doesn't appear that flooding will be an issue for most areas of the province this spring. The Government of Manitoba issued its first flood outlook for the 2018 season and Infrastructure Minister…

RPGA Sending Fringe Area Plan Back To Consultant

The Fringe Area Secondary Plan initiated by the RPGA Planning District is being sent back to the consultant for further work. The RPGA board of directors was not satisfied with a draft version of the…

Modular Housing Coming To Rosenort

Rosenort will soon see new residential development in the community. RM of Morris Reeve Ralph Groening said modular homes will be constructed this year. "We are finalizing the sale of building lots…

PembinaValleyOnline.com is your only local source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

01
Feb
2018
MS Society Support Available

01 February 2018 - 03 March 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

TBA





02
Feb
2018
Pond Hockey Tournament

02 February 2018 - 04 March 2018, 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Pembina Valley Pond Hockey, Thornhill





07
Feb
2018
Casting Call for Manitoba's Passion Play 2018

07 February 2018 - 28 February 2018, 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

la riviere manitoba-Oak Valley





13
Feb
2018
Morden Festival of the Arts - BAND

13 February 2018 , 9:30 am

Westside Community Church, Morden





20
Feb
2018
Income Tax Clinics Booking Opens

20 February 2018 - 28 February 2018, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Morden Activity Centre, Morden





24
Feb
2018
Alzheimer Ukrainian Dinner - Carman

24 February 2018 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Carman Community Hall





24
Feb
2018
Winkler Flyers VS Virden Oil Capitals

24 February 2018 7:30 pm

Winkler Recreational Complex, Winkler





Login