CHRISTIAN teenagers from churches across Yeovil will be giving up their April half term this year to experience what it's really like to grow up in a slum.

They will be staying in home-made shelters constructed from cardboard and canvas for three nights with local youth leaders setting them some of the challenges facing the world's poorest people.

The group of 30 are trying to highlight the plight of the one billion people who fight to survive in poor living conditions, as part of a Christian project called Slum Survivor.

It will also act as a fundraiser for homelessness charities, with sponsorship money going to a scheme in South Africa and to Yeovil's night shelter.

To draw attention to their campaign the teenagers will be out and about in Yeovil town centre letting shoppers know about the project, and helping with painting and gardening at the night shelter. Mayor, Cllr Tony Lock, has also offered to come down to the site to see how the young people are getting on.

They will set up camp and give up home comforts from April 14-17 in the car park of the Elim Pentecostal Church in Southville and will be supervised by church youth workers from across the town.

One of organisers, David Meggers, assistant pastor at Elim Pentecostal Church, said: "Slum Survivor will be an exciting time for the young people involved, but it also carries a serious message.

"They'll be stepping out of their comfort zones and seeing what it's like to live in absolute poverty.

"It beats with the heart of Christ, who was well acquainted with issues of poverty and injustice in his own generation."