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Stories of Transformation

Experiencing the Gap

Inspired by my participation in the Live Below the Line campaign in 2014 and 2015, I have begun a monthly exercise of Experiencing the Gap. One day a month I eat and drink only what I can afford with $1.50.

It is challenging in a number of ways: shopping with so little money is difficult; the food is relatively bland; I’m not always able to meet my caloric needs for the day.

Most importantly, it helps me center myself around the daily struggle of the many people living in poverty and desperate hunger around the world. Any nutritional deficits I experience during an Experiencing the Gap day are certainly made up for the rest of the week. I do a lot of mental work, which is tiring in its own right, but I do not do farm work in a field, which requires considerably more calories than office work.

I invite you to join me on this journey, whether you do it monthly or just once. 

Sign up to be part of my fundraising team, and get your friends and family to donate every time you participate in an Experiencing the Gap day. Calculate and donate the gap between what you have to spend for the day – $1.50 – and what you’d normally spend on food and drink. Spark conversations with your coworkers, friends and family, about the issues of hunger and poverty and what they can do do help.

Poor Need More than $1.26 a Day

With the expiration of the  Millennium Development Goals  this year, there will be both celebration for goals met and a rehashing of where development fell short.

The first MDG target is to halve the proportion of people whose income is less than $1.25 a day between 1990 and 2015. That target was met in 2010, and there is great hope that the percentage of the global population living in “extreme poverty” will be nearly zero by 2030.

But anyone who has lived on $1.26 a day will probably tell you it’s not cause for celebration.

Read more of my article  featured on Devex Impact.

Paving the Road to End Poverty

Can you imagine a world truly free from poverty? What would the roadmap to get there look like?

The soon-to-be-accepted  Sustainable Development Goals  aim to pave this road, beginning with Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere. I like an ambitious goal, and this is nothing if not ambitious.

But is it achievable? And, if so, what will it take to achieve it?

I believe it is, and I believe it is going to take an immense amount of collaboration and outside-the-box thinking to get there.

At the core of sustainably ending poverty is the ability of all people to meet their own needs in a manner that neither exploits others nor damages the environment.

At Heifer International, our focus is helping the smallholder farmers with whom we work achieve precisely what I have described above.  And we do it for good reasons:

  • 75 percent of the world's poor live in rural areas, with most of them depending on agriculture for their livelihoods
  • Growth in the agriculture sector has been shown to be 2-4 times more effective at reducing poverty than growth in other sectors
  • Achieving income gains in agriculture is no more costly than in other sectors
  • Smallholder farmers will largely be responsible for feeding the world's 10+ billion people in 2050

Investing in smallholder farmers not only helps eradicate the poverty in which they predominantly live; the benefits spill over into the health and wellbeing of the rest of the world's population.

Read more of my article  featured on the Huffington Post.