Nigerian Christians sign up for 'live below the line'

By agency reporter
3 May 2012

Next week thousands of people across the UK will be taking part in the Live Below the Line campaign, spending just £1 a day for five days on all their food and drink.

The movement, designed to raise awareness and money for the world’s poor, has now reached Nigeria with Christian Aid’s country staff signing up for the sponsored challenge.

Noel Bewarang, 47, Director of Christian Aid partner the Centre for Gospel Health and Development, is taking part and hopes to gain an insight into the lives of the people he works for.

"I am doing Live Below the Line because although I can claim to know what the poor go through, I do not feel what they feel", he said. "‘Most of the time I get what I want and eat what I want to eat but I really want to experience what it means to desire something like food and not get it.

"[Theologian and activist] Ronald Sider once said, 'if we live simply, others will simply live'. I hope that doing this challenge will help us to appreciate the fact that the way we live affects the quality of life of others. It is often said that there is enough for everyone on the planet but some have more than enough while others merely exist living hand to mouth."

Mr Bewarang, who lives in Jos in central Nigeria, will be taking on the challenge with his wife and two children who are planning to eat mainly noodles and vegetable soup.

He said: "We have budgeted to buy noodles, some vegetables and maize which is quite cheap and hope to make a pot of soup that will last the week.

"My kids could eat noodles forever. It will be exciting to share our experiences throughout the week and I hope this will really inspire us to change the way we live."

To sponsor the Christian Aid’s staff team in Nigeria who are also doing Live Below the Line visit www.livebelowtheline.com/team/christian-aid-nigeria. The money raised will support Christian Aid’s work to give people the tools they need to work their way out of poverty.

For more information about the challenge visit www.livebelowtheline.com/uk-christianaid.

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