Live Below the Line

May 2nd, 2012 10:52 am

Paul Crome, WSCF Europe Senior Friend, has taken Christian Aid’s challenge to spend 5 days feeding himself with £1 a day – the UK equivalent of the extreme poverty line.

Why, you might ask?

To give a glimpse into the lives of 1.4 billion people who have no choice but to live below the line every day – and who have to make £1 cover a lot more than food.

Paul’s thoughts:

“Doing this will make me think. It will make me think about how on earth I can feed myself for five days with only £5 to spend; about how people in poverty all over the world have to think every day about what they can find to eat; about how much I normally eat and spend in my daily life; about how unjust this all is and about just how hungry I’ll be after 5 days! If it makes you think too, please make a difference to those who have to live like this every day and sponsor me”

Paul’s Shopping List: 

“I’ve been planning what I’ll be eating for my week living below the line. The plan is oats (for porridge), lentils, rice, homemade chapatis, onions and apples – according to the Sainsbury’s website that leaves me with a penny to spare!

At the moment that doesn’t sound too bad… let’s see how I feel after eating the same thing every day for five days.

In other news I’m halfway towards my fundraising target of £150, a massive thank you to those who’ve donated so far! Can you help me beat it?

Live Below the Line

The Global Poverty Project is passionate about equipping people to make a real difference in fighting poverty. They focus on connecting people to the organisations and to the issues that have the biggest impact. The Live Below the Line came because in order to really fight poverty, we’ve got to try to understand it – and the challenge provides a glimpse of what it is like to live on £1/day – a challenge that is faced by 1.4 billion people in our world today.

In 2012, Live Below the Line is running in the UK, Australia and the USA simultaneously, with more than 20,000 people spending 5 days living below the line.

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