Friday, August 11, 2017

The Borgen Project

Today, my friend Gloria, is going to present a guest post, about a project that she has been working with. It's called the Borgen Project, and well give it a read, and decide what you think of it.

Hi! I'm a friend of Heidi's and this guest blog post is about my internship for The Borgen Project.

One of the things I really like about this internship is that they hold us accountable! Every week there is a list of things to do, and I really like that. I'm also learning about search engine optimization. At first it seemed complicated, but then I realized what they were getting at. It would have made more sense if they just said, make sure your SEO phrase is in the name of your article. Then, mention your SEO phrase once every hundred words. That's it! There was a bunch of other complicated stuff, but with a lot of things, it helps to keep it simple, especially if you are not a techie!

So, about my internship. Part of my duties is to raise some money for The Borgen Project. What this organization does is raise awareness, initiate policy change, and raise money to fight extreme global poverty. While they do care about poverty here, the organization chooses to focus on global poverty. If everyone on earth has what they need to survive, it helps them and it helps people in first world nations. Being self-sufficient means less foreign aid.

Speaking of that, here's a mind-blowing statistic. Less than one percent of the U.S. Federal Budget goes to foreign aid. The United Nations estimates it would take $30 BILLION a year to eliminate poverty worldwide. That seems like a huge, insurmountable sum of money—but it isn't. Why? Well, because the United States spent $663 BILLION on military spending.

I'm not saying military spending is not important. Some of you may have friends or family serving, and to serve one's country is a very honorable thing. However, some of that spending is very wasteful. The United States buys tanks it doesn't really need. With advanced technology, especially drones, tanks these days are rather pointless.

You might read this and think, “well, I'm no billionaire. My paltry amount won't do anything.” That's where you're wrong. How much do you make on a typical day at work after taxes? $80? $120? $50? According to the World Bank, in 2011, 17 percent of the world's population lived on $1.25 or less a day. There has been a dispute as to how valid those numbers are, but whether it's $1.25, or $2, or $10, we can agree that is not a lot of money.

Based on the $1.25 amount, a donation of just $25 to The Borgen Project would mean one person would have 20 days wages. Economies are different all over the world, and what seems like a very small amount to us goes a long way somewhere else.

So if you are reading this, please consider donating something to my fundraising campaign. Here is a link to my page:

The Borgen Project was started by Clint Borgen, who volunteered in Kosovo in 1999. He started The Borgen Project in 2004, and it wasn't until 2014 that he became a full-time paid member of the organization he founded. Until then, he worked night jobs in restaurants, and worked full-time during the day, for free, for his foundation.

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