Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor | U.S. should fight poverty

Many people seem to be unaware of the fact that global poverty has been drastically reduced in recent years. Conditions have been improved for many families, villages and countries.

The Borgen Project is an innovative national campaign that works with U.S. leaders to improve their response to the global poverty crisis and they are challenging public and political pessimism across the nation by addressing the justifications given regarding why the United States isn’t doing more to solve these issues.

It is important for the public to be aware of the fact that leaders in government are working to downsize global poverty because the public’s awareness helps hold the government accountable.

Those at the Borgen Project are promoters of possibility. They promote innovations in poverty reduction and build awareness of the successes occurring. However, the public drastically overestimates what is being done by the United States to address global poverty.

Even though less than 1 percent of the federal budget goes to foreign aid, Americans, on average, estimate that about 20 percent goes to assisting the world’s poor. The public needs to be aware of these shortcomings in order for political pressures to rise.

If the U.S. starts doing more to address global poverty, not only will we be helping to prevent 25,000 children from dying each day, the U.S. will also see improvements in the economy and national security. The possible benefits from strong U.S. leadership in addressing these issues are endless.

Valerie Brazzo

State College