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Nigerian Christians sign up for Live Below the Line

May 03 2012 - Next week thousands of people across the UK will be taking part in the Live Below the Line campaign, spending just £1 a day for five days on all their food and drink.

The movement, designed to raise awareness and money for the world’s poor, has now reached Nigeria with Christian Aid’s country staff signing up for the sponsored challenge.

Noel Bewarang, 47, Director of Christian Aid partner the Centre for Gospel Health and Development, is taking part and hopes to gain an insight into the lives of the people he works for.

‘I am doing Live Below the Line because although I can claim to know what the poor go through, I do not feel what they feel,’ he said.  ‘Most of the time I get what I want and eat what I want to eat but I really want to experience what it means to desire something  like food and not get it.

‘[Theologian and activist] Ronald Sider once said, “if we live simply, others will simply live”. I hope that doing this challenge will help us to appreciate the fact that the way we live affects the quality of life of others. It is often said that there is enough for everyone on the planet but some have more than enough while others merely exist living hand to mouth.’

Mr Bewarang, who lives in Jos in central Nigeria, will be taking on the challenge with his wife and two children who are planning to eat mainly noodles and vegetable soup.

He said: ‘We have budgeted to buy noodles, some vegetables and maize which is quite cheap and hope to make a pot of soup that will last the week.

‘My kids could eat noodles forever.  It will be exciting to share our experiences throughout the week and I hope this will really inspire us to change the way we live.’

To sponsor the Christian Aid’s staff team in Nigeria who are also doing Live Below the Line visit www.livebelowtheline.com/team/christian-aid-nigeria. The money raised will support Christian Aid’s work to give people the tools they need to work their way out of poverty.

For more information about the challenge visit www.livebelowtheline.com/uk-christianaid.

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If you would like further information please contact Joe Ware on 0207 523 2418 or jware @christian-aid.org. For out of hours enquiries call the 24-hr duty press phone on 07850 242 950.

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Notes to Editors:

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in nearly 50 countries. We act where the need is greatest, regardless of religion, helping people build the lives they deserve.

2. Christian Aid has a vision, an end to global poverty, and we believe that vision can become a reality. Our report, Poverty Over, explains what we believe needs to be done – and can be done – to end poverty.  Details at http://www.christianaid.org.uk/Images/poverty-over-report.pdf

3. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of 100 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance and development.  Further details at http://www.actalliance.org

4. Follow Christian Aid's newswire on Twitter: http://twitter.com/caid_newswire

5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid visit www.christianaid.org.uk