BENEFITING: BORGEN PROJECT
You're in a square. Birds are flitting around, pecking at fallen crumbs. The murmur of relaxed conversations and summer wind is all around. Water is bubbling up out of a fountain in front of you. A couple loose pennies, nickels and dimes reflect sunlight and long-gone wishes from under the water.
This is your virtual wishing well.
Throw your spare change here and wish that someone across the world, someone you may not even know, will have food, shelter, education and the tools to provide for a family.
The Borgen Project is an advocate for the world’s poor. It is a network of people around the world that collectively seeks to make global poverty a bigger focus of U.S. foreign policy, specifically by bringing important legislation to the attention of members of the U.S. Congress.
Less than 1% of the U.S. federal budget in set aside for foreign aid. In 2011, eighteen countries surpassed the United States in terms of international development aid as a percent of GNI. Great things have been done through U.S. aid, but I think the world’s economic leader can do much more for development and poverty reduction.