BENEFITING: BORGEN PROJECT
I am an unpaid intern for the Borgen Project, a company dedicated to getting Congress to focus on foreign aid policies to help end global poverty and hunger.
Influencing policy is the best way to end global poverty because it leads to long term development that is geared towards working with communities so that all relief provided can be carried on by them in the future.
Right now, the Borgen Project is supporting the International Affairs Budget, Electrify Africa Act, the Food for Peace Reform Act and the Global Food Security Act.
We support bills by calling, emailing and mobilizing other people in our districts to do the same. If as little as seven people call about one bill, the Congressional representative is notified by their staff.
Many people believe that about 25% of the United States budget for foreign aid is used to address development issues when in reality less than 1% of the foreign aid budget is spent towards poverty reduction.
I am trying to raise funds to keep the Borgen Project going. All donations will be spent towards helping pass legislation and strengthening funding for programs that improve living conditions for those living in extreme poverty. The typical costs associate with that are airfare, software and staff time. The borgen project is completely transparent with their funds, this is a link to the financials showing everything (http://borgenproject.org/financials/) that will give you detailed information. Almost all staff working for the Borgen Project are volunteers or unpaid interns. The best way to help make a difference in ending world hunger is to change long-term planning which can only be done through policy change.