Hi everyone, this year I am going to participate in the Live Below The Line campaign for the first time! I will be surviving off of $2 a day from the 25th to the 29th of May, so $10 for five days.
In my life I have been extremely privileged. I have:
• Clean water to drink.
• Enough food to eat.
• A roof over my head.
• Access to primary, secondary and tertiary education.
• A bed to sleep in.
It's really easy to forget that not all of the world have these opportunities due to extreme poverty. You're probably reading this on an iPhone, smart phone or a computer.
If each of my Facebook friends donated just $1 to LBTL, then I would reach above my goal of $400. $400 may not be much to us, but it could change someone else's life.
If you are wanting to help, you can donate here
11 FACTS ABOUT POVERTY
1. Nearly 1/2 of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty, that's less than $1.25 a day.
2. 1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty.
3. More than 1 billion people lack adequate access to clean drinking water and an estimated 400 million of these are children. Because unclean water yields illness, roughly 443 million school days are missed every year.
4. In 2011, 165 million children under the age 5 were stunted (reduced rate of growth and development) due to chronic malnutrition.
5. 870 million people worldwide do not have enough food to eat.
6. Preventable diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia take the lives of 2 million children a year who are too poor to afford proper treatment.
7. As of 2011, 19 million children worldwide are not vaccinated.
8. 1/4 of all humans live without electricity — approximately 1.6 billion people.
9. 80% of the world population lives on less than $10 a day.
10. It would cost approximately $40 billion annually to offer basic education, clean water and sanitation, reproductive health for women, and basic health and nutrition to every person in every developing country.
11. The World Food Programme says, “The poor are hungry and their hunger traps them in poverty.” Hunger is the number 1 cause of death in the world, killing more than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.