From April 11-13, a group of 23 PLNU students spent three days and two nights on campus sleeping in cardboard shanties, boiling their drinking water, and simulating what it’s like to live on just $2 or less a day. It was all part of the Two Dollar Challenge, an educational movement that engages students in the fight against global and domestic poverty. This year marked PLNU’s third time participating in the annual challenge, a part of the Month of Microfinance movement.
The Two Dollar Challenge asks students to live on the same amount of money as millions of those living in poverty around the world. They must also abide by rules designed to simulate poverty. Participants were not allowed to shower or bathe, could only have two outfits of clothing, and couldn’t use their campus meal plans or accept free food from others.
PLNU’s student microfinance club spearheaded the event.
“The Two Dollar Challenge is exactly that – a challenge on different levels. The first challenge is for us as students to remember the less fortunate here in America,” said Joseph Davis, PLNU senior and president of the microfinance club. “The second challenge is for Americans, especially students, to remember there are those in the rest of the world that are much less fortunate than us. Finally, as with all things we do, it is to shows God’s glory in our lives.”
Throughout the three-day event, students collected donations to purchase a motorcycle for Hope International, a Christian microfinance institution, so loan officers can reach clients in more remote areas of Haiti.