The Live Below the Line project challenges people around the world to step into the shoes of the poorest and live on less than 1.5 Dollar a day for five days. This year it will take place from May 7th until May 11.
Live Below the Line “is an initiative of the Global Poverty Project, an education and campaigning organization whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of people taking action against extreme poverty.” The project is supposed to help fundraising for projects against poverty but it’s main idea is to raise awareness about what it means to be poor.
Let’s see how it works:
It’s pretty easy. Every day you can spend no more than $1.50 on food and drinks. You must budget whole packages accordingly as well as spices ect. A good way of not starving during those days is to team up: “share the cost of ingredients amongst a team, as long as no participant spends more than $1.50 a day or their total $7.50 budget. Working as a team will allow you to pool together funds and do more with your cooking.” Oh and for those who think they are clever and want to eat self-grown products, don’t forget to budget the costs of production in the $1.50. Further, “you cannot accept ‘donated’ food from family or friends, but monetary donations towards your fundraising goals are acceptable, and encouraged!”
Live below the Line is supported by many high-ranking NGOs and organizations such as Unicef, care, Rainforest Foundation US, Restless Development and many more. People who fundraise during their 5 day challenge can choose who they want to give the money to.
You can join the challenge here, it is taking place in the USA, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.