BENEFITING: BORGEN PROJECT
You can help the fight toward ending world poverty by supporting the Borgen Project! We help NGOs that provide humanitarian aid for those who live in poverty all over the world by ensuring that the U.S. government supports their efforts. The Borgen Project also produces publications that help mobilize and educate the American public on issues that affect the world's poor and highlight the efforts that have been made toward improving their lives. With your support, we will be that much closer to eradicating world poverty. Isn't ending world hunger impossible because it would involve way too much money? According to the FAO, the annual shortfall to end world hunger is $30 billion per year. Compared to the U.S. military budget of $530 billion and the $130 billion on war spending, $30 billion dollars is nothing! Imagine if every country contributed their fair share to this cause! Doesn't the U.S. already give a lot of money in foreign aid? Many Americans think that their government gives much more to foreign aid than it actually does. Some think that it is about 20% of the federal budget and it should be cut to 10%. In reality, the U.S. government only provides less than 1% of its budget toward assisting the world's needy. So, why should one care about world poverty? There are 4 reasons why one should care about world poverty: 1) Lifting people out of poverty has historically created a working class that is able to consume, opening up new markets. This consumption is not limited only to foodstuffs, but also commodities and technology. Essentially, if people have money to spend on things they want, they will, and the U.S. could supply these things. This potentially means more American jobs will be produced and the improvement of the U.S. export market. 2) Providing for the worlds poor also improves national security. Helping at risk communities and people is one of the main keys toward achieving a successful foreign policy. The right combination is defense, diplomacy, and development. Today, we face a foreign policy that is becoming increasingly militaristic, but you can help change this! 3) Poverty and overpopulation go hand in hand, so naturally, less poverty will lead to less overpopulation. In places like Guatemala, Namibia, and Cambodia, where poverty has considerably decreased since 1992, the average family size was cut by half. Smaller populations will put less strain on their communities and will lead to improved health all around. Join us, and be a part of an important movement as it approaches a key point in its progress toward putting an end to world poverty.