Apr 24, 2013 12:35 PM by Patricia Collier

Ben Affleck to 'Live Below the Line' on $1.50 a day

Oscar winner Ben Affleck's next project is aimed at raising money and awareness for global poverty. Next week, the star of "Argo" and "Good Will Hunting" is joining thousands of others around the world by living on $1.50 a day. Affleck has joined The Global Poverty Project's Live Below the Line campaign, which asks people to live on $1.50 a day to raise money for various charities such as UNICEF, the World Food Programme and others.

The campaign lasts from April 29 to May 3.

So far, celebrities including Ben Affleck, Sophia Bush, Nick Lachey and Josh Groban have committed to living on the small sum to support organizations that work to fight poverty, human trafficking and other critical global problems.

That meager amount is the current equivalent of the World Bank's International Extreme Poverty Line and is the amount that sustains some of the world's poorest people in terms of food, health, transportation and general living costs.

Affleck is raising money for his charity, the Eastern Congo Initiative, which helps make strides in economic and social development in the war-torn region. The "Argo" director's nonprofit empowers local DRC organizations through public-private partnerships.

The purpose of the challenge is to open eyes up to the reality that 1.4 billion of our fellow human beings on earth live below the extreme poverty line, currently estimated by the World Bank to be the equivalent of roughly $1.50 per day in the U.S. Last year, more than 15,000 people participated in the challenge, raising over $3 million in the process. More than 20,000 people are expected to participate this year, and Affleck is not the only celebrity on board.


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