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The fight against global poverty and how the Borgen Project is doing their part

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Most people focus on their own problems and the issues that happen in their local community. When dealing with bigger issues, many focus on topics that relate to their own country, but just because problems are not close doesn't mean that they don't directly affect you.

Though there are many important issues to focus on, one of the biggest issues holding down millions of people around the world is the issue of poverty. Millions of people live in poverty, without a home to call their own, no clean water to drink and with wonder if they will even make it through the day. One of the most effective ways to fight global poverty is to bring wealthy nations together to help eradicate the problem. Many profit and non-profit organizations have attempted to do so, but towards the top of the list is the non-profit "Borgen Project."

In 2003, Clint Borgen, a Washington State University graduate, created the "Borgen Project." Inspired by volunteer work he had done in refugee camps in the late 1990s, Borgen wanted to start an organization that would help prevent such travesties that he had witnessed firsthand. From working on a fishing vessel in Alaska to secure start up funding, the Borgen Project has grown leaps and bounds over the last decade. Called "an incredible nonprofit organization" by the Huffington Post, the Borgen Project has been supported by those in the private and public sector, within the United States and around the world.

The Board of Directors consists of a "who's who" of the private and public sector. Including Donald Girkskis, the former head of Boost Mobile, Jennifer Houston, Former President of WE Studio at Waggener Edstrom, Kip Knight, Former Vice President of Marketing for eBay as well as Congressman Adam Smith, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee and Ambassador William Garvelink, former U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The three main focus points for the Borgen Project include newborn, child and mother survival, global food security and finding access to clean water. To achieve these goals, the Borgen Project has assembled teams around the country, including 180 cities within the United States. After gaining enough support locally, team leaders bring their message to congressional leaders with the goal of Washington working to tackle the issues mentioned above.

The Borgen Project understands that the world's problems don't stop outside the 50 states that make up the United States of America. Compared to the nearly $700 billion that the United States spends on defense, foreign aid comes in at around only $30 billion. The Borgen Project and their members realize that foreign aid is more of an investment, and not just a handout. Fighting a serious issue like global poverty doesn't just help those in need, it stretches out to everyone else around the world.



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