We are excited to present our very first #theincurablefanatic to you! Erin Nazer is an amazing women with a heart of gold and a heart for social justice. Since the 3rd of May Erin has been living off $2 a day as part of Live Below the Line campaign. Erin has shared below why she decide to take part of Live Below the Line. We are both blessed and honoured to have her as our very first #theincurablefanatic.
Did you know that billions of people world wide are living in extreme poverty ?
Families across the world are forced to live in horrible conditions due to varying circumstances and reasons. Imagine not having enough money to feed yourself and your families. Imagine fathers who work so hard, only to make enough to feed 1 of their 3 children. Imagine having to pull your young son or daughter out of school so that they can work to help put food on the table. Imagine what those kids and their families go through just to survive.
Innocent children are denied education and food. It doesn’t seem fair that we here in Australia can easily access education and food, but people in third world countries can work so hard and still live in extreme poverty.
I feel like so many people in Australia take their education for granted. You remember that kid in highschool, don’t you? The one who didn’t put in the effort, they don’t show up, they would back chat at the teachers and make fun of their peers. Maybe that person was you.
I understand that everyone is different Some people just aren’t wired to sit in a classroom for 6 hours a day, 5 days a week. That’s okay. I’m talking about the person who was just lazy. The person who just did not care at all.
People just don’t realise how important education is. Without education, we wouldn’t be living in the same world.
For children in third world countries, education is everything! It gives them hope to be able to achieve their dreams. It helps them gain valuable life and communication skills. It helps them get a better paying job, so that they can feed their families. It keeps young girls and boys off the streets and away from danger. It helps them make friends, and improves their quality of life.
Providing education to kids in third world countries, can free another family from living in extreme poverty.
From May 2nd – May 6th, I will be eating off of $2 a day for 5 days to help raise money to support the cause to END poverty. Live below the line is a charity that aims to prevent poverty and help provide education for children and their families so that they can live a life free from poverty and hunger. $2 is considered to be the equivalent of the extreme poverty line in Australia – and yes, there are people even in Australia who live in poverty.
I’m quite scared. Being able to eat and drink off of only $2 a day is going to be hard, and I am going to be very hungry(read: ‘hangry’ – hungry and angry). However, I realise that there a so many people who live hungry all the time. It is going to be a very eye opening experience. In no way will I understand what it’s truly like to live in poverty. I am only giving up a small part of my privileged life to do this challenge, but it will give me some insight into what some people go through each day.
If you would like to help, you can make a donation to my LBL profile here. Any amount will help to make a massive difference in the fight to end poverty. If you can afford it, here is an idea of what your donation can do:
a donation of $35 can buy school text books for 12 children, a donation if $52 can fund a students scholarship to attend school, a donation of $100 can buy a child’s school uniform and class materials for 3 years, and a donation of $500 can train two teachers in Cambodia
It isn’t about how much you give, but how much love you put into giving
– Mother Teresa
If you’re like me and don’t have any money, but want to help, you can participate in the challenge by signing uphere. By signing up, you agree to eat off of $2 a day for 5 days and raise as much money as you can to help the cause. Can’t do it from the 2nd – 6th of May? No worries! You can do the challenge at any time during May, and continue to fundraise and receive donations up until June 30. If you would like to be apart of a team, then you are welcome to join mine! It’s called The Hungry’s and you can join when you sign up.
Feel free to message me if you’re having troubles! By signing up, you are helping to raise money and spread awareness about poverty, which will help immensely! Until I am at a point in my life where I can donate regularly or sponser a child, doing challenges to fundraise are my way of helping make the world a better place, so don’t feel discouraged if donating is not something you can do right now. We’re trying to END poverty here, not put you into it!
I will be posting regularly about my LBL experience over the next few months, you can read it here, or on my LBL profile which you will find linked above. I hope that this post has inspired you, and that I continue to inspire you throughout this journey.