A TRANSFORMING EXPERIENCE

The trip to Porta Farm gave my students a new awareness. They had not fully realized that people were living in their own country in conditions such as these. Poverty became a reality to these students. They had seen it on TV and heard about it from their teachers, but at Porta Farm they saw poverty firsthand. This had a big impact on them.

My students were able to see how privileged they are. They saw children who were worse off than they, and expressed a deep admiration for the children at Porta Farm—that they were strong, resilient, and that they didn't ever seem to despair.

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