As some of you may know I participated in the Live Below The Line Challenge yesterday to raise awareness for Raising the Village. 1.2 billion people in this world are living “below the line”…every 3.6 seconds, another person dies from starvation, most of them under the age of 5. SO, yesterday I joined forces with Raising the Village and for one day I lived on $1.75. While I understand “just one day” is not enough to understand the magnitude of pain and sacrifice of those in need… my hope is to open my eyes and those who are following along…to raise awareness…and more importantly funding. Please help by either joining me or donating here.
I’m not going to lie, going into it I thought I could strategize my money in a way to make myself not hungry ALL day…. well that definitely was NOT the case. It was extremely hard not only on my body but also my psyche, I had to constantly encourage myself that I was going to get through the day stomach grumbling or not.
I started the morning off with leftover coffee that I found in my car, just enough to give me a bit of a jolt to get going. So, I guess that was classified as breakfast. When 10AM rolled around my stomach was already grumbling. So, I picked up a banana to tie myself over and get my mind onto other things. I drank as much tap water as I could to fill up the emptiness in between. For lunch I cracked open the no name brand of ichiban that was on sale, which I’m sure was full of MSG. By the time dinner hit I was so hungry from working all day I could barley think straight. SO, I cracked open my last meal of the day, a can of tuna….with nothing else. Going to bed hungry is one thing, but living like this on a day to day basis is absolutely heart breaking.
All that I hope is that me doing this challenge makes you aware of the extreme devastation and poverty that billions of people live in, in our world. I feel that one person at a time that takes part in helping raise awareness and support gets us that one step closer in helping make a change. And in my opinion, even just being aware is a great place to start.
What would you eat and drink if you only had $1.75 to live off of EVERY day!?