Live Below the Line participant Hannah has written why she will be doing Live Below the Line this year.
I was asked to write a post about why I have chosen to do Live Below the Line this year and I jumped at the idea
I think this realisation really hit me in September of 2013. I had the opportunity to visit Timor-Leste, one of the poorest countries in the world, per capita, and just 1 hour off the coast of Australia.
We were on a school trip, working to build a compostable toilet for a small coffee farm in the rural town of
Here are the houses in
The children were often stunted in size because the families could only afford rice and very few vegetables. Whilst filling, rice provided no real nutritional value to support healthy growth, but they had little choice. Their homes were basic shacks, their feet bare, but their smiles wide. I had never met friendlier people in my life that, despite having so little, were always hospitable.
We also visited a tiny library in the town of
Here I am with the friendliest
When it was time to leave it really hit me. Not only had I never heard of the issues in this country that was so close to home, but also because I had seen true poverty right before my eyes. You can never truly appreciate how lucky you are until you meet people that have so much less than you. It not only makes you realise that there are many small things that we take for granted, but that we cannot sit here and do nothing. Poverty is a real problem, and it’s happening now both on a local and global scale. I want to do my part, through Live Below the Line, not only for those Timorese families that I passed through the
My name is Hannah and I’m a young Biomedical Science student with a passion for health, both on an individual and social scale. I’m always attempting to expand my horizons by educating myself on issues that matter (this means watching an unhealthy number of TED talks on the daily). When I’m not frantically studying, you may find me planning my next overseas adventure or pretending to be a foodie in the lovely city of Melbourne. Check out my own LBL journey here!
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