001. This year I am participating in Live Below the Line, a challenge in which I will be living on $2 a day for 5 days in order to raise much needed funds and awareness for poverty. An Australian $2 is the equivalent of the extreme poverty line, meaning I will only have $2 a day to spend on food. However, people actually living in extreme poverty only have that amount to spend on EVERYTHING- this includes food, shelter etc. 1/5 of the worlds population is living on $2 a day. Helping fight poverty isn't just a nice thing to do- it's the right thing to do. Poverty is an issue of injustice. It isn't just someone going to bed hungry- it's someone not being able to access education, shelter and basic health care. These are all basic human rights! If you are reading this blog post on a computer, a smart phone etc. you are sitting in a pretty privileged position. Everyday we take how infinitely lucky we are for granted- I'm guilty of this too! Live Below the Line just isn't a challenge to raise money- it's also a challenge to raise awareness. Poverty is a real issue and we need to realise that we are the ones who are in a position to help make a difference.
002. The funds raised from Live Below the Line go directly to education initiatives in countries such as Cambodia, Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea. I believe education is the most powerful weapon you can give these children to help change the world. Last year I had the opportunity to travel through Cambodia. For a country that has lost so much, the young generation and kids were all so happy, radiant and kind. However, it is a developing country. The schools, especially in rural areas are by no means perfect. The reality is that they are poor and can use every bit of support or resources they can to help give these young children an education. Due to the horrific histories of this country, today over one third of Cambodia's population is people under the age of 15. In Cambodia, many children are working to support the family or so their younger brothers and sisters can go to school. This isn't fair. Everyone should be able to access an education. The funds that are raised through Live Below the Line also go to directly to creating scholarships to help people break out of the poverty cycle and get the education they deserve.
003. The issue of poverty is something that is very close to my heart, especially after travelling through developing South East Asian countries on my recent adventures. These children deserve an education. Please dig deep and donate. Every single dollar counts!
004. PS. here is the link to my profile page... https://www.livebelowtheline.com.au/me/lena_bishop