I just heard about the amazing website If It Were My Home. For anyone who has ever lived abroad, this is the perfect website to email to friends and family members when they ask what it's like to live in a developing or third world country. If you're like me, your stories never seem to have the same impact that they have on you. Numbers are harder to argue with.
If I tell you that the average person in Ecuador makes $7,000.00 a year, and then I tell you that a dvd costs between thirteen and eighteen dollars here, then suddenly you understand why there's an industry for fifty cent pirated dvds. While these numbers don't cover everything, it's an inventive way to see the world with new eyes.