Caritas Singapore challenges to live like poor to understand them

Some Caritas sources claim that in about two weeks more than 600 thousand dollars (about 350,000 Euros) have been collected for charity, donated by some of those who accepted the challenge.

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Nov 25 2013, 3:14 PM
Caritas Singapore challenges to live like poor to understand them

Catholic aid agency Caritas Singapore has launched a new campaign challenging the rich to try to live like the poorest section of the population.

“How could you live on 5 Singaporean dollars (€ 3) per day? And, would you be able to do it?” The campaign that received wide spread publicity in local press, has become a success.

Some Caritas sources claim that in about two weeks more than 600 thousand dollars (about 350,000 Euros) have been collected for charity, donated by some of those who accepted the challenge.

According to the Department of Statistics, Singapore is home to over 105,000 households that earn about $1,500 a month. This meant that after paying rent, bills and school fees, 387,000 people had just 3 euro a day to eat, drink and move. To help them, Caritas decided to "provoke" the 90% of residents living with far higher earnings: “Hold off judgment on whatever you think of those who have less than you. And just try it."

"When Singaporeans encounter issues on the ground, many show they care. Too many of us still live in our cocoons. We invite you to come out and join us on this mission. Be surprised at what you don't know. And be inspired to act and make a difference," the Church statement said.

Source: AsiaNews

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