For 20 days, I’m eating and drinking on £2 a day. I could easily spend that on a snack—couldn’t you?—so it’s a big challenge for me but I’m determined to rise to it. You may wonder why, especially since I’m asking for your support!
Destitute asylum seekers in the UK only get £36.95 a week at the most—and that has to cover all they need: food and drink, toiletries, clothes and shoes, cleaning products and household items, fares, stamps and phone calls—everything. From talking to asylum seekers and from simple calculations, it’s easy to work out that there can’t be more than £2 a day to spend on food.
Can I really imagine how hard that must be? I don’t think so, and the only way I can get at least an inkling of the experience is by going through it myself, at least for a while. In my approach to realism, I’m adding three other challenges: (1) I’ll only shop in places that I can WALK to; (2) I’ll only use TEN pieces of kitchenware for all my cooking; (3) I’m going to blog EVERY DAY- and I’ve never blogged before, even once (the discipline involved may turn out to be the biggest challenge!)
I’m driven by the need to express some level of empathy for, and solidarity with, asylum seekers, and also to contribute to my education about their situation, as I try to support them. I also hope to raise some funds for ‘Separated Child’ by asking you to sponsor me. It started on 17 August 2015 and I kicked off by donating the money I’d have spent on my food and drink in that period.
Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to ‘Separated Child’. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for ‘Separated Child’. And please gift-aid, if you’re a UK taxpayer: it earns ‘Separated Child’ an extra 25% and doesn’t cost you a penny; in fact, it might save you some.