MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, Wash. - Alex Herbig has no idea what it's like to go hungry. But he sure feels for the people who do.
"The thing that touches me the most is these people are still hopeful and they have nothing to their name," said Herbig, a senior at Mountlake Terrace High School.
The 18-year-old has devoted his senior project to helping the poorest people in Haiti, those who live in a garbage dump and spend their days rummaging through the trash for their next meal.
"They flee to the only place that has some hope of finding maybe spoiled chicken or rotten eggs that they can cook over a fire," said Herbig.
Inspired by work that his church is doing in the fight against poverty, Herbig decided he wanted to do his part. His project is called Simply Haiti and he came up with a unique way to raise money.
He is asking everyone to eat nothing but rice, beans and water from February 1-5 and the money saved by doing that will be donated to his project.
On February 6, a fundraising dinner will be held at Mountlake Terrace High School. All the money raised will go toward feeding 80 people in Haiti for one year.
But in light of the earthquake that hit Haiti, his senior project has taken on a new sense of urgency. Herbig now wants to raise even more money to help with disaster relief.
For more information on Alex's senior project and the upcoming fundraisers, visit Simply Haiti.