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Live Below the Line

Sections: What is extreme poverty? | Can you live below the line? | Get Involved | KCLSU Network | Social Media | Video

What is extreme poverty?

An estimated 1.2 billion people live in extreme poverty, living on the equivalent of less than £1 a day for all their needs. 1.2 billion - that's nearly 20 times the population of the UK - living in extreme poverty, every day. Those living in extreme poverty lack the opportunity and choice that traps them in a cycle of poverty. Extreme poverty can’t be eradicated overnight, or by one person; but with a collective effort we can eradicate extreme poverty within our generation.


The Cause: Live Below the Line is an innovative fundraising campaign (designed by the Global Poverty Project)  aimed towards building a global movement that will fight against extreme poverty. In total, 35 charities are teaming together to build a movement of passionate people willing and able to make a meaningful difference to those who need it most.


Can you live below the line?

The Challenge: Live Below the Line challenges you, and thousands of individuals across the world, to ‘Live Below the Line’: to eat and drink on just £1 a day for 5 days to bring to life the challenges faced by 1.2 billion people living in extreme poverty and to raise vital funds for crucial anti-poverty initiatives.

This year Live Below the Line Week is from 28 April to 2 May 2014 and is running simultaneously in the UK, the US and Canada - thousands of people across the world will spend 5 days living below the line to raise money for one of the following charitable organisations:

Concern Worldwide (UK), Malaria No More UK, Oxfam, Restless Development, Save the Children, Unicef UK, AbleChildAfrica, Action Against Hunger, ActionAid, AfriKids, ChildHope UK, Christian Aid, Global Poverty Project, Health Poverty Action, Human Care Syria, Made In Europe, Many Hopes, Peace Direct, Positive Women, Practical Action, Progressio, Raleigh International, Retrak, Schistosomiasis Control Iniative, Send a Cow, Street Child United, Tearfund, The Hunger Project, The Mike Campbell Foundation, The Salvation Army, Tzedek, VSO, World Vision.


Get Involved

To join Live Below the Line simply create a profile and choose the charity you want your money to be donated to. Donations are all made on an online platform. Spread the word to your family and friends to let them know you're taking part in the challenge and direct them to your profile where they can sponsor you!

To support you through the challenge there's these helpful resources:

Still have questions? Let Live Below the Line answer them from their Frequently Asked Questions page.


Join the KCLSU Network

Once you've created your own profile and  have selected the charity you want to fundraise for you can join teams and networks which are entered into national leader boards. Join the KCLSU network and help support your Students' Union in the fight against extreme poverty.


Social Media

Thousands of people across the UK, the US and Canada will be taking up the Live Below the Line Challenge. Make sure you share your experiences of the challenge using Facebook and Twitter and keep your profile and blog updated to encourage people to sponsor you.

You can take pictures of your meals, post recipe suggestions or video blog. Be creative!

Make sure you use the hashtag  #belowtheline - we might even get the campaign trending!

Like Live Below the Line on Facebook
Follow on Twitter


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