This November, nearly 80 students both at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus in Mesa and the Tempe campus will abstain from modern-day luxuries and challenge themselves to live on two dollars a day and in cardboard-box houses. The Two Dollar Challenge will take place Nov. 17 -20th at the Polytechnic Campus and Nov.12 -14th at the main campus.
The Two Dollar Challenge, a national experiential learning exercise and poverty action program, is designed to give students an opportunity to step out of their daily lives and more tangibly reflect upon the daily and prolonged challenges of living in poverty while raising awareness and funds to support economic development organizations.
This Challenge is distinct from your average charity drive for three reasons. First, it asks students to restrict their consumption and live by other rules designed to simulate poverty. This experience gives students a glimpse of how nearly half of the world’s population lives every day on $2 a day. Second, the Two Dollar Challenge participants will raise funds for the cause of their choice. Third, through the experience and accompanying discussion students are educated about the complexity of world poverty. Student groups can become immediate actors in the eradication of global poverty and gain the experience to become passionate leaders in the field for the future.
The Two Dollar Challenge will take place Nov. 17-20th at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus, located at 7001 E Williams Field Rd, in Mesa and Nov. 12-14th on the Tempe campus on the lawn of the Barrett Honors College, located 751 E Lemon Mall in Tempe. Students will convene outside the Student Union and plan to live in cardboard boxes for five days.
“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 GlobalResolve at ASU’s in the Ira A Fulton Schools of Engineering on the Polytechnic campus. “We are expecting a great turn from the students at both campuses.”
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.
“We’re gaining momentum each year with the Two Dollar Challenge,” said Tom Egan, executive director, Esperança. “It’s really neat to see the students embrace the challenge. They are learning a great deal about poverty and how to survive on little to nothing. It’s very admirable that they are attempting to walk in someone else’s shoes.”