Monday, December 20, 2010

How to deal with poverty 101

This course will teach students how to handle emotions that arise when viewing extreme poverty on a day to day basis.  Students will learn practical methods for handling difficult situations. Examples of situations discussed in this course include little children toiling daily in restaurants; children with missing limbs (especially when it's clear the limb was torn from the child's body) entering trains to sweep the floors for small donations; children with painted faces and decorations dangling from their heads "entertaining" you as they approach your car to ask for money; children with brittle hair who haven't been bathed in weeks picking up garbage for meager returns. Students will come away with the skills to choke back tears when all of this is too much to handle and when things seem desperate and hopeless.

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