Sisters survive below bread line
Katie-Grace and Lilli Matthews tasted poverty last week eating only meagre meals.
With $2.25 each a day to spend on food for five days the sisters soon discovered what true hunger meant. More than 1.4 billion people live on about $2.25 every day for a lifetime.
The campaign, Live Below the Line, challenged New Zealanders to take part, raising awareness and money for global poverty.
‘‘One in four kids in New Zealand is living in poverty so we decided to take part in this challenge,’’ Katie-Grace said. ‘‘It was hard and we did get pretty hungry but it has been eye opening.’’
All they ate were rice, baked beans, carrots, oranges, apples and pumpkin.
‘‘ I have realised how much waste and over production of food we have,’’ she said. ‘‘When we were making our pumpkin soup, we even put the pips and the skin in to get the most out of it.’’
Lilli said it had shown her that she could survive on smaller portions, despite what she first thought. Katie-Grace agreed.
The sisters hope to raise more than $500 by the end of September to donate to the P3 Foundation which is focused on pros- perity, progress and peace. P3 will match every dollar they raise and give it directly to a small village in Kalimpong, India.
‘‘It only takes $120 to put a kid through school with food and care for all the years they are in school,’’ Katie-Grace said.
Going hungry: From left, Lilli and Katie-Grace Matthews lived on just $2.25 a day last week to raise awareness and money for poverty.