ASU students raise awareness with Two Dollar Challenge

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
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TEMPE, Ariz. -- This November, nearly 80 students at Arizona State University's Polytechnic campus in Mesa and the Tempe campus will be taking on the Two Dollar Challenge. They'll abstain from modern-day luxuries, and challenge themselves to live on two dollars a day and in cardboard-box houses.

Why two dollars? According to research, more than 45 percent of the rest of the world lives off two dollars a day.

"It's tough," says one student, when we asked how it is to live on two dollars a day. "Especially when it's cold, and you don't have a place to sleep properly. But two dollars is not enough for one individual."

The challenge is taking place Nov. 12 -14 at ASU's main campus, and Nov. 17 -20 at the Polytechnic Campus. During the challenge, students are going to be engaged in activities that raise awareness about global poverty and also promote human inner-values such as compassion, empathy, gratitude, and love.

"It give students a sense of what it's like for half of the world who lives on two dollars or less a day," Tom Egan, CEO of  Esperança.

Esperança is a nonprofit that improves health and provides hope for families in the poorest communities of the world through sustainable disease prevention, education and treatment.

"A big part of it is the students being out on a prominent area of campus to raise awareness," says Egan. "You've got a high-traffic area. You've got a lot of people walking by. They're trying to raise money, raise awareness for Esperança and the global poverty programs that we do."
 
The Two Dollar Challenge, a national learning exercise and poverty action program, is designed to give students an opportunity to step out of their daily lives and reflect upon the daily and prolonged challenges of living in poverty while raising awareness and funds to support economic development organizations.  

"We're really excited to have the Tempe campus on board, and help with the growth of this movement," said Mark Henderson, engineering professor and co-founder of Global Resolve at ASU. "We are expecting a great turnout from the students at both campuses."

About Esperança
Since 1970, Esperança has been providing programs to improve the health and well being of the world's poor.  Headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., this international nonprofit provides volunteer surgical missions, health education, training of community health workers, home building, clean water projects, micro enterprise, agricultural development, dental treatment and prevention programs, and sends donated medical equipment and supplies to project sites around the world. Esperança's goal is to build clean, sustainable and healthy communities worldwide. 

To learn more or donate to the cause, visit: www.wetransformlives.org.