12 · September 2011 Youth
Student Adopts 30 Days on $30 Fast to Identify with Global Poor
CB Staff Report
LONDON - "When you're really hungry, twenty-five-cent canned soup tastes like it came from a five-star restaurant," said Nathan Adair, 10 days into a 30-days- on-$30 fast.
Adair began his 30-day experiment to identify with the more than 1 billion people globally living on $1 a day or less. Adair hopes to raise awareness and money for a micro-enterprise project that will use solar energy to power an orphanage in India.
Students at India Orphanage taking a break from class to learn about the first phase of the solar project
Adair became aware of the orphanage through friend, Kirby Trapolino. Trapolino is the director of Peace Gospel International, an organization that helps improve the lives of people in the developing world, including the children at Peace City orphanage in Ongole, India. "We are in the process of
procuring a solar energy system to power the facility as well as charge batteries," Adair said. "Members of the community can rent the batteries to power their homes and small businesses, thus drastically improving quality of life and providing a sustainable revenue stream for the orphanage." Adair reports that the first four days of his 30-day experiment were the most
"A combination of eating approximately 35 percent of the calories normally consumed and giving up caffeine made for a miserable beginning," he acknowledged; "However, the overwhelming support and prayer from my wife, family and friends gave me the resolve I needed to press on and not give up." Other difficulties Adair mentioned include the logistics of planning daily menus, and a substantial lack of energy. However, Adair insisted it has all been worth the effort, because he is gaining a new understanding of how much of the world lives.
"People who live on $1/day or less see food as an essential fuel to stay alive and they don't take that for granted," he noted. Adair has chronicled his experience at indiasolarproject.blogspot.com
, where he also posts his daily menu, and challenges readers to join him for one week of $1 a day living. Whether or not people participate, he hopes simply reading about his experience will opens reader's eyes to needs around the world.
"It's very humbling to think that at this very moment, kids are digging through trash looking for food," he said. I want people to realize our Western lifestyle is luxurious compared to most. I have been very blessed in this life, and I want to give back as much as possible."
CITY KIDS FESTIVAL Continued from CoVer
Jesus was told for all the children in a unique way: With people representing the colors of the Wordless Book. Meanwhile, Hispanic pastors were sharing the Good News with the parents who didn’t understand English. New Vintage church hosted the BBQ area where 4,800 hotdogs were grilled and distributed along with chips and drinks. Several of the other booths were giving away sweets, water, popcorn, and snow cones.
At the activity booths, once a child
tried enough games to have each square stamped on her playing card, she could go to the Prize tent and pick out her prize from among the stuffed animals, games, and miscellaneous novelties.
A young girl reads a free book.
Santa Rosa Bible Church sponsored the yellow-clad Security team made up of police officers who donated their time to ensure that a safe environment was maintained for the children.
Greater Powerhouse Church was out in full force and should have one the best t-shirt award!
Thousands of books were distributed by The Cove (Covenant Presbyterian) to the children in attendance so they would have their very own books to read over the next several
months. All in all, the day ran very smoothly at a continuous flow once the booths were comfortable with their routines.
One mother commented, “What a wonderful way to celebrate the start of school and help my son get excited about the new school year!”
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