People Around The World Will “Live Below The Line” Next Week To Raise Awareness About Poverty

April 24, 2013  |  

Ben Affleck is the latest celebrity to sign on to the “Live Below The Line” campaign, an international initiative in which people will voluntarily live on $1.50 per day to get a sense of the lives of the 1.4 billion people who are forced into poverty every day of the year.

The initiative is part of the Global Poverty Project, which works to raise awareness and alleviate extreme poverty. For the “Live Below The Line,” participants will live on less than $2 per day for five days between April 29 to May 3. According to TIME, more than 20,000 are expected to participate. Among the other big names joining in are Josh Groban and Sophia Bush.

“Your total five-day food bill shouldn’t go over $7.50, and you’re not supposed to rummage through the pantry for snacks, unless you factor how much the items cost into your total. Drinking lots of tap water is advised, and there’s no need to calculate how much it costs or add that into your budget,” the article says. The Live Below The Line website has recipes and tips for recruiting others to participate.

Will you take part in this challenge? Is poverty reduction on top of your list of causes to address?

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