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Willowdale Wizard
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posted 02 June 2003 01:18 PM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
is this exploitative or educational? a ploy to get more H for H volunteers?

BBC, June 2

New Zealand Herald, June 3

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The Global Village, which opens on 7 June, has a serious point to make. Backed by Habitat for Humanity, a Christian charity, it aims to teach wealthy Americans how the world's poor really live.

Its centrepiece is a painstakingly recreated slum, reflecting poor housing from Africa, Asia and Central America.


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Millard Fuller, founder of the organisation, said he expects the Global Village & Discovery Centre to attract as many as 70,000 tourists in its first year of operation.

"Essentially, it's a theme park for poverty housing," Fuller told Reuters. "You'll come out of the centre and walk right into a slum. You'll see the kind of pitiful living conditions so many people in the world have ... You see what a steep improvement acceptable housing makes in someone's life. We think we'll recruit a lot of volunteers this way," Fuller said.



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Trisha
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posted 02 June 2003 01:46 PM      Profile for Trisha     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I would say this is an attempt at educating people to the realities of life. I don't know if it will work but more and more our society has to be shown. It's really not much different than films except for it being hands-on.
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Doug
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posted 02 June 2003 02:06 PM      Profile for Doug   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I can see the disappointed kids now. "Wait a minute, this isn't Six Flags over Georgia!"
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paxamillion
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posted 02 June 2003 04:13 PM      Profile for paxamillion   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Friends of mine live in a H for H house here. It was terrible to see how much opposition the neighbours raised to having such a house among them. If this "park" draws more people to an understanding of how much of the world lives, I'm all for it.
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Willowdale Wizard
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posted 02 June 2003 04:21 PM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
on the weekend, my father and i caught a great documentary on newsworld called "left behind" about AIDS orphans in kenya. it also focused on housing/community in kibera, a million-person slum in nairobi.

i think the "park" has to be handled correctly. if it's educational, great!

if it's sensationalistic, or oriented more around house-raising in the US (and not overseas aid for 3rd world slums), then it's more using a technique of "look how bad others have it, at least thank god it's them, instead of you"


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Tommy Shanks
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posted 02 June 2003 05:08 PM      Profile for Tommy Shanks     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Why not just spend the money on bus tours. Most (all?) US cities have areas that would put the worst slums in many "foreign" cities to shame. From my experience East San Antonio, South Chicago, the Bronx, South-central Dallas, and any one of 100 other places are to make you weep. Why not visit my person favourite, downtown Detroit, just south of the Ambassador bridge on Michigan Ave as you head toward Dearborn.

But that would be reality, verses a nice safe trip to a simulated slum.


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Mr. Magoo
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posted 02 June 2003 05:34 PM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Going through Old Detroit as a child I was always encouraged to keep my door locked and my window rolled up. The only other place that merited that kind of warning was African Lion Safari.
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