Author: The Borgen Project

MANCHESTER, UK — Celebrities such as Brian May, Benedict Cumberbatch and Margot Robbie have supported the Small Steps Project by auctioning their shoes off for charity. The 2022 auction campaign, ran through the website Charity Stars, has fundraised over $70,000 for the humanitarian organization which supports children living on rubbish dumps across the globe. To date, the annual auctions have provided over 20,000 children with vital aid. Small Steps Project has run programs in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and Central America. It aims to provide emergency aid and measures to reduce immediate dangers to children and families living and scavenging…

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CULLOMPTON, United Kingdom — Idris Elba is an English actor who has been advocating for the world’s poorest along with his wife, Sabrina Dhowre Elba. Both of them are goodwill ambassadors for the U.N.’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and have called for more investment to help the world’s poor. They became ambassadors in April 2020 and as part of this role, they focus on issues relating to food security, climate change and environmental conservation. World Economic Forum Meeting In January 2023, Idris Elba made his appeal for more investment at the opening ceremony of the World Economic Forum’s…

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FAIRFAX, Virginia — Engineers Without Borders-USA is a volunteer-based organization founded in 2002 committed to enabling underserved communities to meet their basic needs through innovative and sustainable engineering solutions. EWB-USA works in 38 countries, aiming to improve the quality of water supply, infrastructure and sanitation systems in underserved communities. The organization’s efforts also extend to agriculture, civil works, energy, information systems and more. In its two decades of activity, the organization has had “a lifetime impact” on close to 1.7 million people globally. As of November 11, 2022, the organization is running 491 active projects supported by 4,144 volunteers. The…

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BOSTON, Massachusetts — Since the outbreak of war between Russia and Ukraine, there has been a significant blockage of Ukraine’s wheat export, worsening the global food crisis. The U.N. made a deal back in July 2022 between the two countries to allow for the shipment to continue, greatly aiding countries impacted by poverty and starvation. War and Food Insecurity Ukraine, which is one of the world’s leading grain exporters, has seen blockage in ports from Russian forces. This has stopped their normal supply of 45 million tonnes of grain to the global market that could help 828 million people that…

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BATUMI, Georgia — Taylor Swift is a force to be reckoned with. She has sold more than 200 million records worldwide, won 11 Grammy Awards and is the most streamed woman on Spotify. That is not all, she is also an altruist who donates money to charities worldwide and helps fans in need. Worldwide Organizations Swift Has Been a Part Of In September 2015, Swift donated money that she made from her wildlife-themed music video “Wildest Dreams” to the African Parks Foundation of America (APFA). The organization’s main goals include the long-term maintenance of protected areas, the abolition of poaching,…

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BOSTON, Massachusetts — In Chile, a community on the outskirts of Santiago is taking powerful steps toward waste reduction. Through the utilization of a large-scale composting program, the neighborhood of La Pintana has been able to save funds that were previously necessary for waste management. La Pintana Santiago, the capital city of Chile, is home to 52 distinct communes. La Pintana presents one of the highest rates of poverty out of all of these, consistently hovering at around 42.5% of the 177,000 inhabitants. This is mainly due to the displacement of poor families from wealthier parts of the city during…

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ANAMOSA, Iowa — Plenty of celebrities and athletes alike do their part to help the needy, but one man that stands out is Lionel Messi. The recent star of the 2022 World Cup champion team, Lionel Messi, has done a lot to help end global poverty. In addition to being an ambassador for UNICEF since 2010, Messi has created his own non-profit organization called the Leo Messi Foundation and has done many acts of charity on his own. Through these charity works and more, Lionel Messi has changed the lives of thousands of people worldwide. How It Started Leo Messi…

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RAYMOND, Maine — The internet is a basic necessity, critical for all aspects of life, including, work, education, home, health resources, and more. Additionally, all things that internet connectivity provides are necessary for decreasing local and nationwide poverty rates. In rural Latin American and Caribbean communities, more than 50% of both communities lack internet connectivity, leaving those regions lacking necessary resources and with higher poverty rates than their neighboring communities. Improving internet connectivity in rural Latin America and the Caribbean will require a great deal of assistance from the public, private and non-profit sectors. Companies such as Intelsat, Andestat and…

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ANAMOSA, Iowa — Currently across the globe, 4 billion people suffer from severe water scarcity for at least one month each year and over 2 billion people globally live in countries where the water supply is simply inadequate. The Thirst Project is a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, whose mission is to bring safe, clean drinking water to communities around the world where it is currently unavailable. Founded in 2008, this organization has served 514,427 people across 13 countries. What is Show Choirs for Thirst? Show Choirs for Thirst is an off-shoot of the main Thirst Project organization. Across…

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SUFFOLK, United Kingdom — The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, commonly known as North Korea, is a country boarding South Korea, China and Russia. The population of North Korea was 25.89 million in 2021. It is impossible for citizens to leave the country without special privileges, such as sports, leaving millions of people in poverty-ridden and abusive environments. More than 200,000 North Korean refugees have escaped to China, where they are prosecuted and deported if found. Many who escape to China are trafficked and put in possibly worse conditions than they were originally in. There are only a handful of…

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