K, M, and I have decided to participate in this year's Live Below the Line challenge. The purpose of the challenge is to increase awareness of the extreme poverty faced by 1.4 billion people around the world. From April 29 to May 3, we will be restricting our food expenses to $1.50 per day. (M and I will be participating next week; K will complete the challenge the following week--it's her birthday on Wednesday and it's a little hard to give up ice cream on your birthday!)
Even before starting this challenge, we have a greater appreciation for our own good fortune. Hunger and limited food options are not difficulties that we have had to cope with. M was shocked at how little $1.50 will get you at the grocery store (i.e., a bag of Chex Mix is two days of her food budget). She said to me, "I can't even afford a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!"
So here's to helping others! The girls chose to participate for care.org. We are hoping to reach our goal of $100 this year, but even if we don't, hopefully we'll be able to increase the world's compassion for others. Here's a link to our Live Below the Line page.