Rice Students Get a Taste of Poverty

To raise campus awareness of global poverty, dozens of students live briefly in shantytown on campus.

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Some students at Rice University increased their awareness of poverty by experiencing it for a few days, the Rice Thresher reports.

About 75 students lived outdoors in makeshift shanties set up on the university's quad for four days and got a budget of $2 a day, the same amount of money that 2 billion people across the world live on. Students constructed the shanties from two-by-fours, plywood, and cardboard boxes donated from local hardware and lumber stores, and they ate three square meals of rice and beans prepared, served, and cleaned up by their fellow shantytown members. Check out these photos of the poverty awareness event.

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