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Letter: Each of us must get involved in the global poverty fight

The Borgen Project, a national nonprofit campaign, is advocating and working for the extreme poor in the world. The goal of this campaign is to reach out to the leaders of the most powerful nation on earth to address poverty on a global scale by making it a focus of U.S. foreign policy.

According to UNICEF, almost 3 billion people lack access to toilets and 1 billion lack access to clean drinking water.

Furthermore, 2.7 million newborns worldwide die within their first month of life. It is extremely unfortunate that the number of people suffering from hunger is greater than the population of the U.S., Canada, and European Union combined.

The Borgen Project contacts Congress daily to bring attention to those in need. To become an advocate, you can email congress today.
Check out http://borgenproject.org to get involved.

Foreign aid needs to become a top, political priority. The United States gives roughly $30 billion to programs that assist world’s poor, yet gives $663 billion toward military spending. Increasing foreign aid can not only improve The United States economy, but global economy and global security.

Although the negative news can become overwhelming, there is good news in the war on poverty. Countries all over the world have adopted the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 which is a set of 17 targets to combat poverty, reduce inequality, improve global health outcomes and protect the planet by 2030.

According to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, world hunger can be eliminated with an additional $265 billion per year in additional resources.

It is easy to feel like you cannot make an impact around the globe, but The Borgen Project makes it easy. Make a change today!

Maggie Carrig
Buffalo Regional Director
The Borgen Project

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