Could you feed yourself on just $1.50 per day? Many people around the world this week have challenged themselves to do just that.
The Live Below the Line campaign was designed to help bring awareness to the issue of poverty, giving a glimpse into the lives of 1.4 billion people who have no choice but to live below the U.S. poverty line every day. The sad reality is that those people have to make $1.50 cover a lot more than food.
Organized by the Global Poverty Project, the campaign has partnered various organizations, including UNICEF, Care, Malaria No More, and Rainforest Foundation. Participants in the challenge could choose which partner would benefit from their personal fund raising efforts.
Several celebrities have joined the cause, including Minka Kelly, actress and model Malin Akerman, Selena Gomez, Hugh Jackman, Kevin Connolly, Nick Lachey and Josh Groban. Many of them have been tweeting about their efforts all week in order to help raise more awareness.
Selena Gomez tweeted on May 4th, “In a continued effort to help support #SahelNOW I am living off of 1.50 a day all of next week.”
On May 8th, Nick Lachey tweeted, “Been a long time since I’ve had ramen noodles, I forgot how good they are. I strongly recommend the shrimp flavor….nice!”
Minka Kelly added yesterday on her twitter page, “Could you live on $1.50/day for five days? Join the #belowtheline challenge and see the end of extreme poverty.”
Watch Minka Kelly explain the reasons why we all need to have a better perspective on how 1.4 million people live everyday.
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