Challenge: Live Below the Line for 5 daysCould you live on $1.50 a day?  This is the question Live Below the Line asks of participants.  Live Below the Line is an innovative awareness and fundraising campaign that is seeking to change the realities of extreme poverty.  1.4 billion people worldwide currently survive on less than $2 per day.  Causes like Live Below the Line are working hard to change that number by raising awareness, funds, and encouraging individuals to take the challenge.

Individuals are challenged to feed themselves for five days on $1.50 per day to stand in solidarity with those around the world who live in extreme poverty.   The number of $1.50 was chosen because it is the current equivalent to define those living in extreme poverty as set by the World Bank.  And while some argue $1.50 goes farther in developing countries, that number also includes those living in extreme poverty in developed nations such as the US.  For those in extreme poverty, $1.50 goes towards more than just-food. It funds housing, health, education, food, transport, and all other household expenses.

Live Below the Line partners with several organizations fighting global poverty on the ground and encourages participants who take the challenge to raise funds for one of those organizations during the 5-day experience.  It is an initiative out of the Global Poverty Project which educates and activates citizens to become engaged in the movement to end extreme poverty.

The 2013 challenge runs from April 29th to May 3rd.  Individuals are allowed a total of $7.50 to feed themselves for five days. Groups can get together to purchase food for the week, but they must ensure their daily meals still only equal $1.50.  To find out more, check out the website Live Below the Line.

– Amanda Kloeppel

Source: Live Below the Line

More than one billion people throughout the world live on $1 a day. This April, a unique Global Poverty Project is taking place: the Live Below the Line campaign. With 1.3 billion people in extreme poverty, there is an absolute need for more efforts to address such injustice, efforts that are more unique and more grounded than the typical charity drives and donations, and that is exactly what Below the Line is doing.

Justine Lucas expresses her appreciation to the fact that she was born where she was and not anywhere else where she would have been exposed to extreme poverty.

“Matters of justice require action, voices, and the community,” Justine says while trying to make people realize that there’s a higher need for them to form communities and become more of a movement. And indeed, now there are people who want to be more engaged; they are volunteering, sharing educational links on their social networks, signing petitions and calling their congressional leaders. Participating is open to anyone, regardless of location, age, and economic status.

As a part of this growing movement and a higher level of commitment and unique engagement, Live Below the Line is a chance to experience first-hand extreme poverty through undergoing food challenges, or shortages, for 5 days. To be more specific, each participant is limited to 1.50 dollar for 5 straight days.

Justine Lucas says that one may gain a new insight into oneself, “a more tangible understanding of what that lack of choice and opportunity really means,” and to be able to experience poverty personally by seeing it in our own society. Join the movement in solidarity with the poor right here, Live Below the Line.

Leen Abdallah
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Celebrity Chefs Participate in Live Below the Line CampaignThe Australian-based Live Below the Line campaign, sponsored by the Global Poverty Project, is slated to begin its 2013 campaign this April. The campaign, which challenges people worldwide to live on just $1.50 per day for five days, was started in 2009 by Australian Richard Fleming, in an attempt to raise awareness and to fundraise for some 1.4 billion people around the world who live in extreme poverty. Now in its third year, Live Below the Line raised $2 million last year for global poverty.

This year, many of the UK’s most well-known chefs are taking part in the challenge to create meals for $1.50, which is the accepted global figure that defines extreme poverty. Award-winning chef Kevin Tew said, “It really makes you think about waste, you have to make things as simple as possible while making sure you get the right balance.”

Other celebrity chefs, including Gordon Ramsey, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, the Fabulous Baker Brothers, Bill Granger and Jean-Christophe Novelli will participate in the campaign and create recipes that will maximize the little amount of food allotted in five days’ time.

Since people find $1.50 is usually not enough money to purchase meat, the chefs will come up with other recipes using cost-effective staples such as rice, oats, beans, and a few vegetables. Besides raising awareness for global poverty and food insecurity, Live Below the Line also hopes to create changes in participant’s everyday lives after completing the 5-day challenge.

The campaign also has other famous supporters, such as actor Hugh Jackman, and this year will be operating in the UK, the United States, Australia, with over 20,000 participants expected.

Christina Kindlon

Source: 4 News