UK graduate’s £1 a day budget to highlight third-world poverty, Zambia


A university graduate is set to live on £1 a day in her own back garden to highlight the plight of people living in poverty in third-world countries.

Alix Clark, 23, has signed up for a Voluntary Services Overseas humanitarian trip to Zambia next month, where she will mentor a group of 24 volunteers carrying out health care projects in the country’s rural areas for between four and seven months.

But she needs to raise £800 for the VSO charity first and will move into a tent in her back garden for a week, where she will cook meals on a fire and walk 5km each day to collect water.

Alix, who is asking people to sponsor her for the week, said:”It’s going to be challenging and different.

“I think everyone takes things for granted nowadays and this is my way of raising awareness of the poverty faced by people in third-world countries.

“Depending on the weather it could be really hot or really cold in the tent – but I’m really looking forward to the challenge to see how I cope.”

Alix, of Manor Court, Carlton-le-Moorland, expects to spend between four and seven months in Zambia.

This won’t be the first time she has volunteered overseas. as she has been gaining experience for her intended future career of working non-profit organisations.

She spent a month in a Peruvian orphanage in 2012 teaching English to children and a year later she spent two months over the summer of 2013 in Uganda helping people in agricultural areas understand the importance of managing their finances correctly.

She said: “I like giving back and being altruistic.”, but I had to turn a placement down as it was going to clash when I was meant to go to Zambia. However, my departure date has now been swapped to May 16.

“But, it’s a fantastic opportunity so I don’t mind too much.”

Alix is also holding an afternoon tea event supported by Bakehouse 94 on April 24, which will feature a raffle with prizes such as two tickets to see Jessie J. and sales of cakes in local officers. Anyone who would like

To sponsor Alix, go to her fundraising page
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