OneDollarTwentyFiveChallenge


Millenium development goals

In 2000, the world leaders of 189 nations, including Australia, gathered together and committed themselves to tackling global poverty. The ensuing Declaration consisted of eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to be achieved by 2015.

Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

According to the Australian Catholic Bishop’s Social Justice Statement “Lazarus at our Gate: A critical moment in the fight against world poverty”, the proportion of people in the world living in extreme poverty has been halved since 1990.

The benchmark for extreme poverty is an income of $US1.25 per day.

It is estimated that by 2015 almost one billion people will be living on an income of less than $1.25 a day

What does this mean?

Challenge – what would $1.25 per day mean to you?

How could you live on $US1.25 per day? With the exchange rate at the moment this is about $AU1.40 per day. Does that make it any easier?

A sample spreadsheet that we workshopped looks something like below. We made it easy by just focusing on the essentials of food. But we have cheated a bit, because we haven’t added the cost of power (electricity, gas, or oil), water, housing, and other items.

Buying only generic brand products we came up with this basket to see what a month’s (30 days) groceries might look like with a $AU42 budget ($US37.50).

What is left over at the end of the month would need to be saved to purchase other items such as soap, toothpaste, toilet paper. No room in this budget for the latest smart phone or internet browsing!

Could you survive? And remember, 1 billion people subsist on less than that!

Monthly Budget

Item

Cost(AUD)

Meals

$AU42.00

Noodles 10pack

$2.33

10

$39.67

Rice 1kg

$1.50

10

$38.17

Pasta 500g x 2

$1.40

10

$36.77

Eggs 2 dozen

$6.00

24

$30.77

Assorted Biscuits

$2.49

25

$28.28

Rice Crackers

$1.08

30

$27.20

Cheese 250g

$4.00

30

$23.20

Muesli 900g

$2.55

30

$20.65

Milk 2 litre

$2.00

10

$18.65

Milk 2 litre

$2.00

10

$16.65

Milk 2 litre

$2.00

10

$14.65

Orange Concentrate 500ml

$0.99

10

$13.66

Orange Concentrate 500ml

$0.99

10

$12.67

Orange Concentrate 500ml

$0.99

10

$11.68

Peas 1kg

$2.29

30

$9.39

Butter

$1.39

30

$8.00

Bread – White

$1.15

21

$6.85

Bread – White

$1.15

21

$5.70

Spread 500g

$1.45

30

$4.25

Carrot 1kg

$1.88

30

$2.37

Sauce 100ml

$1.29

10

$1.08

Pack of 8 soap save 3 months

$2.71



Pack of 12 toilet rolls save 4 months

$4.07



Toothpaste 150g save 2 months

$1.83



Tooth Brush 2 pack save 2 months

$2.14




Questions:

* Where would you live?

* How would you cook food?

* Would you be able to heat the room?

* How long will it take to save for coffee or tea?

* What vitamins, minerals, protein are missing from your diet?

* What if you get sick? Can you afford medicine?

Breakfast

Muesli 30g

Milk 200ml

Toast 1 slice

Butter

Spread

Orange Drink50ml+water

Lunch

Sandwich (2 slice bread)

Butter

Spread

Biscuit* *Skip every 6th day

Water

or

Egg*

Biscuit

Water

Dinner

Noodles

Peas 30g

Carrot 30g

Egg*

Cheese 8g

Rice crackers

Water

or

Rice 100g

Peas 30g

Carrot 30g

Egg*

Cheese 8g

Rice Crackers

Water

or

Pasta 100g

Sauce 10ml

Cheese 8g

Water

 

This is not a recommended diet. Ask your Doctor for medical advice.

Compiled by the Macarthur Social Justice Network

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Sean Donovan,
Mar 16, 2014, 6:18 PM
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