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Drury University students will live in poverty for a weekend

For Immediate Release: October 7

Andrew Wiemer
Director of Leadership and Volunteer Development
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 7, 2010 — For most people, living without electricity or running water and with limited food supplies isn’t their definition of an ideal weekend. But for Drury faculty and students, it’s an opportunity to learn about poverty and sustainable development, first-hand, through the Global Gateway program at Heifer International Ranch in Perryville, Ark., Oct. 15 and 16.

Heifer International, once featured on Oprah, utilizes its Global Gateway program to challenge participants to live in conditions equivalent to those of poor citizens in the developing world, as well as in industrialized nations. Given small rations of food and other resources, based on Heifer’s research of actual poverty conditions, participants must find a way to cook a meal without electricity and spend an uncomfortable night in a dwelling representing a particular part of the poor world such as Zambia, Thailand, Guatemala, Appalachia or an urban slum region.

Participation in the Global Gateway program is part of the emerging efforts in Drury University’s Global Civic Engagement Project (GCEP). “Participation in programs such as the Global Gateway Project can make the curricular materials come alive and inspire students in their professional and civic lives long after they leave Drury,” says Andrew Wiemer, director of leadership and volunteer development at Drury.

Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) visited the Heifer Ranch in 2009 on the same weekend Drury students were at the ranch. View AETN’s story

For more information on the Heifer International Ranch, visit


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