Could you live on $1.50 a day? Some very rich celebrities, including actor and producer Ben Affleck, are going to give it a try this week as part of the Live Below the Line campaign. He's joined in the challenge by actors Josh Groban, Debi Mazar, Sophia Bush and Tom Hiddleston, according to ABC News.
Affleck wants to call attention to the charity he founded, the Eastern Congo Initiative, which provides economic opportunities for the population of Eastern Congo. In a tweet, he noted that 1.4 billion people live on less than $1.50 a day.
The website for the campaign says its goal is to change the way people in the U.S., the United Kingdom and Australia think about poverty by challenging them to live in extreme poverty for five days. So far, according to the website, 20,000 people have signed up to take the challenge.
In addition to elevating awareness about global poverty, the campaign is raising funds for the charities it partners with, such as World Food Program USA, Isis Foundation and Unicef. Affleck's charity is also a partner. The campaign is part of the Global Poverty Project, an organization that seeks to educate and activate businesses, individuals and governments in an effort to end poverty.
There are a lot of factors that go into the cost of living in first-world countries like the U.S. and $1.50 a day wouldn't be sustainable, given the price of goods and services. But a week attempting the challenge might provide a good lesson in living below your means in general and bring a little perspective on what really has value.
Would you take the challenge, or have you found ways to drastically reduce how much you spend every day so you can give more to those in need?
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