BENEFITING: BORGEN PROJECT
Sometimes it seems as if the very air we breathe is filling with so much hostility and potential it might suffocate us as we take a deep lungful just as well as it may sustain and keep us mobile. Toppling masses of people over, casualties in the wake of unrest.
There are hot topic words that help contextualize this strange suffocation-- women's rights, drones, child refugees, pesticides, genocide, intolerance, sanitation, empowerment, religion, training, economics, modernization, education, access, lack.
I myself have taken small initiative to confront and figure out the puzzle of development and progress for the developing and modern world. To hear those words above and make some sort of real life connection. I believe they are mutually exclusive, and undeniably so. I've traveled around to come to this conclusion anyone can make without so much trouble. From Pune, Maharashtra to Englewood, Chicago I have felt the purpose of service and made the emotional connection between empowering democracy and civic engagment through smart policy. Fostering confidence in young minds so they can aim to do the same as they grow is key to realizing these goals. I wish everyone had the time and energy to actively participate in the process and volunteer, I wish we could all stand up in unison, hands out and open to whoever asks for their strength.
That's what led me to the Borgen Project. An NGO that lobbies Congress to increase USAID programs in sensible, smart ways.Ways that actually matter, and show we, as Americans & people, Give a Damn. They run at a grassroots level, but have done so much already. They have a voice in DC, and they mobilize citizens to help in their mission to end poverty. But this, as with most everything, is not something that can be done without money too. I know how predictable that line may come across. All volunter-based initiatives ask for help, and trusting that they actually use it the right way is really hard. I get that. But, if you know me (and by now if you've read this far, I hope you do), I would not sponsor something unless it was actually worth it.
I've been called as an intern to help fund this amazing project for humanity, and I'm asking everyone I can to go to the borgenproject.org, tool around to understand the legislation its volunteers try to push, and then come back here and give whatever you can.
It's an amazing thing what a little money can do, and it just starts with the world and you Giving a Damn.