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Yup, $1.50 a day for five days, for a grand total of $7.50.
Next week, the well-known charity, Global Poverty Project, is raising awareness of the 1.2 billion people who are the globe’s most financially worst off by encouraging all of us to try to live on $1.50 a day. This pledge is intended to deepen our appreciation for what “the poor” have to deal with on the daily. Every year, a raft of celebrities join the challenge to help spread the word.

Ah, nothing feels quite as good as getting lessons in giving from those who earn like earning is going out of style.

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Eugene Robinson

Eugene S. Robinson


Eugene S. Robinson digs that which can be dug from the business end of culture cool + aims to look as stylish as possible while doing so. He also has a "sunny" personality. And, yes, you can keep those quote marks right where they are.

Why you should care

Because you can’t just “try on” poverty.