The fact that a group of college students from Point Loma Nazarene University has set up their own ‘shanty town’ to learn about Third World poverty – is a good first step. And it would be good for the City if San Diego politicians would follow in their foot steps – to learn about Southern California poverty.
But, the next step for the students – joined by the politicos, should be to move to downtown’s cold sidewalks. Then they all should move and set up a ‘shanty town’ in the San Diego riverbed – but wait ! There’s already one or two or more there, set up in the thick thicket of river trees and brush.
We applaud these students. At least they are trying. Something the politicos need to emulate. Sure, it’s safe in their little town, and they only did it for a few days. But when was the last time Mayor Sanders boiled his water or tried to live on only $2 a day?
Today the Union-Tribune reported:
POINT LOMA: A group of students at Point Loma Nazarene University is learning firsthand what Third World poverty can feel like – at least for a few days.
From Wednesday through today, about 25 students are living on $2 a day: sleeping in a shanty village outside the campus gym, boiling their drinking water and eating only what their pooled dollars can buy.
Their effort was organized by two students in the university’s microfinance club and is part of the Two Dollar Challenge, an educational program that aims to engage students in the fight against global and domestic poverty.
Participants are also collecting donations for anti-poverty service organizations, according to a statement from Point Loma Nazarene, a private university that serves more than 3,500 students.
“It’s hard to bring ourselves out here in the cold, but it’s really beneficial,” sophomore Jennifer Hassen, 20, said yesterday. “I really learned a lot about myself and other people.”