By Thomas Keown
Originally posted at https://www.livebelowtheline.com/me/thomaskeown
I’m going to be grumpy. For most of 5 days.
I’m an often self-indulgent man who will not be able to indulge. And people are going to notice. And that’s half the reason I’m joining people around the world on the Live Below the Line challenge of living on less than £1 ($1.50) per day to raise funds and awareness for the 1.2bn people who don’t have a choice.
And I want people to ask why. I want them to ask me what I ate today and why I’m not having a real meal and why am I whining so much and not being as funny as usual (my little joke there)…I want them to ask so I can tell them. Because it will make them interested. And my friends are talented people. Get them interested and they can do great things.
Growing up in the UK or the US we all think we are ‘aware’ of the world and ‘aware’ of the issues affecting people. But really we aren’t so aware. Very few of us know what it is to be hungry. Really. Very few of us really have to count our change at the grocery shop (or more commonly in my case the restaurant) to buy what we want to eat. Our life is utterly unusual in a global context.
After 6 years working in Kenya, I’ve seen how going there and seeing life there has made my peers not just more aware, but actively aware. And eager to shift resources from where they are, to where they are needed. And that’s the second half of my reason for doing this madness…by inviting people to sponsor my challenge I don’t just just have an answer to the ‘why are you doing this go on have a pie’ but I can invite them to help provide an answer to the causes of hunger and injustice by equipping Many Hopes staff on the ground to do justice where it is needed.
Not everyone has to go to Kenya to see things. The Live Below the Line challenge is a powerful way to help us right here at home to see and talk about the choices that most of the world faces every day. And we don’t have to leave our chair.
1.2 billion people live on less than £1 per day. They have no choice. I have all the choices in the world. I choose to ask you to join me in standing with them for a week. And see what happens.”
If you are up for taking the challenge with me…go here and join me by signing up with other Many Hopes volunteers: https://www.livebelowtheline.com/uk/partner/manyhopes - See more at: https://www.livebelowtheline.com/me/thomaskeown#sthash.bSeWqvoK.dpuf