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The Borgen Project: Working to Downsize Poverty

Posted: 01/24/2011 4:05 pm

There is nothing more adorable than a chubby, healthy baby. There is something about those cheeks, tummy, arms, and legs that are irresistible. There are 148 million children under the age of 5 in developing regions that are underweight for their age according to Globalissues.com. That is heartbreaking. A child should never be underweight or unhealthy. If they are unhealthy as a child, then there is a higher possibility of them being unhealthy as an adult.

That was one of many facts that caught my eye on the Borgen Project website (borgenproject.com). I could not believe what I was reading; it is devastating, 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation according to Globalissues.com. Human beings should not live in these conditions. Most of us complain about using a port-a-potty or a line to the restroom at a bar or restaurant.

The Borgen Project is an incredible non-profit organization that is addressing poverty and hunger and working towards ending them. It all started with a guy, his laptop, and a dream. Clint Borgen saw the need for an organization for the severe poverty while volunteering in refugee camps during the Kosovo War and genocide. He later took a job on a fishing vessel, and from there the Borgen Project was born.

Please go to the website and learn more about what the United States can do to help those in need, and what we can do individually. That is what I did and I am helping the Borgen Project make a difference. Go to BorgenProject.org . Learn more about the organization, read the facts, and find out how you can make a difference in global poverty and hunger.

 

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