Living on One Dollar- Part A - 1 The title of the...

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1. The title of the documentary “Living on One Dollar” meant that four college students traveling to an impoverished city in Guatemala for their studies in order to get an aspect of what living on only one dollar a day was like. 2. The evidence of extreme poverty in Guatemala was the lack of nutrition in the village of Peña Blanca. One of the students explained that he lost over 20 pounds in two months, and that the students even had a better experience than others in the village. Another display of extreme poverty was the lack of electricity. Not only was it stated that most citizens in Guatemala live without electricity, but the students had to live with it in Peña Blanca. During the documentary, the students were teaching Chino Spanish and English over candlelight,visualizing the lack of electricity in the village. 3. One aspect of poverty that the students replicate is that they had very little money. Every day, the students would pull a number out of a hat that would signify how much money they would receive that day. Numerous days, the students weren’t able to use a single cent. Another aspect is the lack of medication. This ties in with the lack of money. Chris developed a parasite while in the village, and while they could afford to get him tested, they couldn’t give him the medication he needed. The students had only saved up twelve dollars, and the medication was twenty-five. Luckily, they had packed emergency medication brought in from the U.S., but others aren’t that lucky. One of the villagers’ wifes once got really sick. On her deathbed, her husband didn’t have enough money to pay for the medication she needed in order to survive. Luckily, Anthony, another villager, had enough money saved to help out his fellow neighbor. The third aspect of poverty that the students replicate is the lack of nutritional food, which also ties in with money. Everyday, families have to worry about paying for school or paying for food. The villagers mostly lack the nutritional food in order to keep their kids healthy and growing.

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