Here’s how you could experience life in Sierra Leone in Milton Keynes this week

Milton Keynes charity launch new interactive experience connecting locals with vulnerable children in Sierra Leone. 

World Vision, the world’s largest international children’s charity, today announced the launch of a brand new interactive installation – Village of Hope. The exhibition opens its doors to visitors at Milton Keynes shopping centre, Centre: MK from Wednesday 30 May. 

The unique interactive experience – developed by production agency, Scene 2 – recreates the village of 12-year-old Isata. Village of Hope gives shoppers a glimpse into the home of Isata and her family before and after the support of World Vision. A mud hut depicts life before, as Isata and her family struggled with poverty. Alongside that, a concrete structure reveals life now, following support from the Fox Milne-based charity. 

Rural Sierra Leone is also bought to life through interactive experiences for children and adults alike, which gives a deeper understanding of real life for many poverty-stricken communities around the world. A water station gives the opportunity to pump water at the fully working water pump and feel the weight of a 25-litre jerry can. In addition, visitors can visualise the daily hardship of the children through a short virtual reality experience. 

Graeme Newton, director of fundraising at World Vision UK said: “World Vision UK is very pleased to offer a brand new innovative new way for us to engage with the public in Milton Keynes. Village of Hope is an incredibly moving experience, as visitors get to realise first-hand what life is like for some of most vulnerable children in the world’s hardest places.”

He continues, “With the exciting addition of virtual reality, we look forward to providing a more immersive way for shoppers to share in these children’s experiences for a few moments and learn more about our transformational work.”

Visitors to the hut can join in with doing their bit to help through sponsoring a child like “Isata” – which will give the child and their community life-changing support such as the provision of nutritious food, clean water, healthcare, education and income generation schemes.

Visitors also have an opportunity to browse the range of truly life-changing Must Have Gifts. From mosquito nets, water treatment kits, to chickens and goats, these one-off special gifts for a loved one will go a long way in transforming lives in some of the world’s poorest communities.