Comments on: Five Days http://www.designmom.com/2012/05/five-days/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:57:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: sue http://www.designmom.com/2012/05/five-days/comment-page-1/#comment-357144 sue Tue, 15 May 2012 21:44:55 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=19335#comment-357144 Everybody should see the grave of the fireflies it paints an awful picture of what is like to have nothing. It is not an antiwar movie at all, it is beautiful.

When i have a kid i will show this movie to him/her as soon as they turn around 5 years old

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By: nicole i http://www.designmom.com/2012/05/five-days/comment-page-1/#comment-356785 nicole i Fri, 11 May 2012 16:05:54 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=19335#comment-356785 the awareness of what we spend and what others spend on food is important. i talk about this with my kids, especially when they think they are starving but really have no idea what starving is. i am not sure living on $1.50 a day in the usa is possible. i think the awareness of can happen when our kids are wasteful of their food…ask for a hot cocoa (the equivalent of $1.50) and then don’t drink it. a subject to discuss for sure. setting aside the money and donating even small amounts to organizations online have been a tangible way to get my kids involved in global poverty. we have also talked about participating in 72hr famine days as well to increase our awareness.

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By: Tina Z http://www.designmom.com/2012/05/five-days/comment-page-1/#comment-356752 Tina Z Fri, 11 May 2012 13:41:58 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=19335#comment-356752 and I see now that you can donate as part of your participation, I hope everyone does!

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By: Tina Z http://www.designmom.com/2012/05/five-days/comment-page-1/#comment-356748 Tina Z Fri, 11 May 2012 13:39:59 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=19335#comment-356748 Well, $1.50 doesn’t buy the same basket of goods across each country. This is the problem with arbitrary figures describing what people around the world live on. Each currency is converted to USD but ignores the basket of goods. Economists calculate the difference in baskets of goods, it’s called purchasing power parity (ppp) and the Economist’s Big Mac index is a close measure of that, too. Anyone who has traveled abroad is aware of difference in the cost of a lunch or dinner. For example, $1.50 in my town won’t buy much food, but it has bought me a full lunch in Bangkok.

Nonprofits and others should have challenges that involve sending a check to UNICEF or the World Food Programme (WFP) at the end. Now that would be great! Starving your self and family for 5 days does nothing to actually help people in poverty unless you write that check. I think awareness stunts like this only foster schadenfreude. Awareness should never be a goal in and of itself. Action, however, should be.

I don’t intend to personally attack you, please understand that. Most people never think of this angle, I get that. Sorry to gripe, this is what I study and it bothers me how simplistic and wrongheaded many philanthropic groups approach global poverty. It makes us feel like we’ve done something when in reality we’ve done nothing at all.

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By: Christie http://www.designmom.com/2012/05/five-days/comment-page-1/#comment-356747 Christie Fri, 11 May 2012 13:37:14 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=19335#comment-356747 I think this is fantastic. It is similar to a project here in the US, where people are challenged to survive on the amount that a person will receive for food stamps. It is basically impossible to eat a healthy meal on the amount that comes from food stamps. As a poverty advocate, I find such challenges important to illustrate the difficulties that poor people face. But do keep in mind that $1.50 worth of food in India or Africa will go a lot farther than Paris or New York City, or anywhere in the “developed” world.

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By: Jillian In Italy http://www.designmom.com/2012/05/five-days/comment-page-1/#comment-356714 Jillian In Italy Fri, 11 May 2012 09:45:29 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=19335#comment-356714 Wow. I think projects like this make me think a lot about and appreciate how lucky we are to have shelter, food, water and education (plus so so so much more).

I would love the idea of trying the 5 day challenge but with a family of 5 it would be almost impossible. Which REALLY opens my eyes to how lucky we are not to be one of the 1.4 billion people living in poverty worldwide.

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