has a lot of great points, but the one that struck me most was the challenge to live on $2 per day.
As an American, this is nearly impossible.
For everyone in the EVOKE network, I've broken out some of the numbers in a simple way. You can find my spreadsheet here
with my calculations.
In the food section, I assumed that we wanted to eat 3 meals a day, and have the meals add up to over 1000 calories. I picked the cheapest foods that I know of that are readily available in most American grocery stores: oatmeal for breakfast, Ramen noodles for lunch, and lentils and rice for dinner.
All said and done, we could survive on just $1.25
per day. Take a look at the calories, though: only 1120- most grown men would barely survive on this low calorie count. While I'm not a nutritionist, I can tell you that this very limited and mainly carbohydrate-based food plan is not a great idea for your health, either.
Now, we have $.75 left for--- everything else!?
I assumed the cost of a monthly phone bill was $50/month, the cost of rent was $500/month (which any New Yorker will tell you is really inexpensive), the cost of internet was $30 (how else are we EVOKEing, after all?), and the cost of transportation was a mere $81/month (the price of a NYC monthly subway card). And these are just things that we generally consider to be necessities in the United States.
After all this the cost of living jumps from $1.25/day to.... $23.28. In fact, each one of our line items alone would push us over the $2/day limit.
So, all this in mind, we have to take a very hard look at what we have- be grateful, and share
. $2/day is almost nothing to an American, but it makes all the difference in the world elsewhere.