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The Oscar-winning director recently signed on to participate in the Global Poverty Project’s Live Below the Line, a campaign that challenges average (and above-average) people to live on just $1.50 a day for five days. The initiative is meant to simulate what it’s like for the 1.4 billion people worldwide who live in extreme poverty. Getting by on that pittance every day would actually mean spending just $547.5 per year —
Originally posted by _BoneZ_
On $1.50 a day, you could eat a couple/few slices of toast in the morning for breakfast, then a couple packages of ramen noodles with a couple slices of toast for dinner.
edit on 24-4-2013 by _BoneZ_ because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by kalunom
5 days? What's the point? You could just not eat for 5 days, it won't hurt you any provided you are relatively healthy.
These things annoy me. Like people who spend a night in a cardboard box so they can "know what it's like to be homeless". It's total b.s. Knowing that after the night is over, or the five days is up, you get to go back home, have a nice meal, and sleep in your bed does NOT compare in any way to sleeping outside, eating scraps and having no idea when, or if, your situation will change.
An up-and-coming filmmaker who had decided to live on the streets for a week to document the plight of the local homeless population was found dead inside a boarded-up hostel just three days after his experiment began.
Though an official cause of death has yet to be released, friends of 26-year-old Lee Halpin believe he froze to death after overnight temperatures in Newcastle (UK) dipped well below zero degrees Celsius (32F).
Halpin, who had an MA in creative writing and was the founder of a magazine on North East culture, intended to use the week-long documentary to apply for a spot in Channel 4's highly competitive Investigative Journalism Program.
"I am about to go and spend a week being homeless in the West End of Newcastle," he said in a video detailing his plans. "I will sleep rough, scrounge for my food, access all the services that other homeless individuals in the West End use. I will interact with as many homeless people as possible and immerse myself in that lifestyle as deeply as I can."