Students to Live on $2 a Day to Raise Awareness of Poverty
SAN DIEGO, Calif.– From April 11-13, a group of 23 Point Loma Nazarene University students will spend three days and two nights on campus sleeping in cardboard shanties, boiling their drinking water, and simulating what it’s like to live on just $2 or less a day. It’s all part of the Two Dollar Challenge, an educational movement that engages students in the fight against global and domestic poverty. This year marks PLNU’s third time participating in the annual Two Dollar Challenge, a part of the Month of Microfinance movement.
The Two Dollar Challenge asks students to live on the same amount of money as millions of those living in poverty around the world. They must also abide by rules designed to simulate poverty. Participants are not allowed to shower or bathe, may only have two outfits of clothing, and can’t use their campus meal plans or accept free food from others.
PLNU’s student microfinance club is spearheading the event.
“The Two Dollar Challenge is exactly that – a challenge on different levels. The first challenge is for us as students to remember the less fortunate here in America,” said Joseph Davis, PLNU senior and president of the microfinance club. “The second challenge is for Americans, especially students, to remember there are those in the rest of the world that are much less fortunate than us. Finally, as with all things we do, it is to shows God's glory in our lives."
Throughout the three-day event, students will be collecting donations to purchase a motorcycle for Hope International, a Christian microfinance institution, so loan officers can reach clients in more remote areas of Haiti.
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Point Loma Nazarene University is a selective liberal arts university located in San Diego, California, and sits on a 90-acre campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean. In addition to more than 50 undergraduateareas of study, PLNU offers graduate program regional centers in Bakersfield, Arcadia, Mission Valley (San Diego) and the Inland Empire. Founded in 1902, PLNU serves more than 3,500 students.