Local Students to Get a Taste of Extreme Poverty
Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics & Technology students are getting a taste of how the 1.4 billion people around the world living in extreme poverty survive as they try to live on just $2 a day.
Thousands of young Australians will give up their daily treats to live on $2 a day for five days as part of Live Below the Line, a youth run poverty alleviation campaign. Meghaj Babu, Neha Ramesh, Utkarsh Sharma and Krupesh Machhi, have vowed to join the cause and raise funds for education initiatives in Cambodia and Timor-Leste.
“I want to play my part in reducing extreme poverty in the world, no matter how small, and inspire others to do the same,” Meghaj said.
The Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics & Technology students were inspired to take the challenge to raise awareness and money for people around the world living in extreme poverty.
“I want to help and do my part in trying to eradicate poverty; Live Below the Line helps us come together as a society to combat this,” Neha said.
In countries just north of Australia, people live without running water, or access to schools or medical care. Since its inception in 2010, Live Below the Line has raised over $10.8 million, which has been instrumental in facilitating education projects in Cambodia and Timor-Leste. Live Below the Line is a campaign run by the Oaktree Foundation, Australia’s largest aid and development organization run by volunteers under the age of 26.
Visit www.livebelowtheline.com.au to sign up or donate to these students to help them make a difference.
Taylah Robinson – Queensland Live Below The Line team, The Oaktree Foundation