Author: The Borgen Project

LONDON, United Kingdom — Bollywood celebrities are known for their great acting and cinematic films. However, many go beyond the lens of a camera to make a lasting, impactful change through their charitable foundations. Here are five of Bollywood’s top actors and the impactful foundations they have established. Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao – Paani Foundation Aamir Khan, one of Bollywood’s top actors and his wife Kiran Rao, an Indian film producer and director, founded the Paani Foundation. This nonprofit organization works to fight droughts and educate people in rural areas. This is achieved by spreading knowledge about groundwater replenishment and watershed management.…

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BELLEROSE, New York — Benin, located on the West African coast, has a population of approximately 14.7 million as of 2018. Agriculture plays a vital role, utilizing 31.3% of the nation’s land, with 22.9% deemed arable. This sector is crucial, with almost 90% of the population directly or indirectly relying on agriculture as a source of food or income while contributing 30% to the Gross Domestic Product. Despite its significance, a minimal amount of local produce reaches the domestic market, with most citizens depending on imports or subsistence farming. Unfortunately, poor infrastructure and frequent flooding challenge these farmers, making it…

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BELLEVUE, Washington — On April 14, 2020, Michael Rubin, the founder of Fanatics, kicked off the All In Challenge to raise tens of millions of dollars for those facing food insecurity. Rubin challenged the world’s most prominent sports teams, entertainers, athletes and artists to create memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences for their fans. Fans receive a certain number of entries into the celebrity raffle of their choice based on how much money they donate. Rubin declared that the challenge wouldn’t end until it had raised tens of millions of dollars to feed those in need. With more than $59 million donated so far, it is safe to…

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NEW YORK, New York — Sitting at his desk working in commercial real estate, a then 23-year-old Ross watched in horror as Russia commenced its full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Feeling the need to help, he made his way to Ukraine to volunteer. “I saw the amazing work that local Ukrainians were doing to support other Ukrainians and realized the impact I can have by empowering local networks on the ground,” Ross told The Borgen Project. Four years later, he and his team of fellow young native New Yorkers have raised $4.5 million for vital resources directly delivered to Ukraine to…

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CARMARTHENSHIRE, United Kingdom — William Shakespeare, arguably the Western world’s most famous playwright, extensively addressed philanthropy and charity. In his play “Timons of Athens,” the Bard remarked, “Tis not enough to help the feeble up, but to support them after.” In Shakespeare’s comedy, “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” Biron says that “Charity itself fulfills the law. And who can sever love from charity?” Portia, the protagonist in “The Merchant of Venice,” similarly observes, “How far that little candle throws his beams!” These sentiments inspire many Shakespearean actors to turn the playwright’s words into meaningful actions to alleviate global poverty. Here are five…

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ST HELENS, United Kingdom — Theo James, the British Star of “The White Lotus” and “The Gentlemen,” has had a busy year. In between leading the cast of the hit Netflix series and watching Taylor Swift at the Eras Tour, he has been appointed as a Goodwill Global Ambassador as of June 2024. The appointment comes after a trip to Jordan last year and recognizes his work for refugees, particularly in Syria. Here is more information about Theo James’ advocacy work. The Syrian Civil War The Syrian civil war has resulted in the deaths of at least 613,400 civilians since it began…

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ABBOTS LANGLEY, United Kingdom — When Esperance lost her husband a few years ago, she struggled to make enough income from her small maize and bean farm to send her seven children to school. However, after Opportunity International provided her with financial and agricultural training, as well as a loan to purchase fertilizer, her circumstances changed dramatically. Thanks to this agrifinance intervention, Esperance is now able to use the surplus produce from her farm to pay for her children’s education. Esperance is just one of tens of thousands of Rwandans Opportunity International has helped through agrifinance projects since 2012. Such projects, which have largely been…

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NEW YORK, New York — As the most populated country in Africa, Nigeria is home to more than 230 million people. High population growth paired with suboptimal vaccination coverage resulted in 3.3 million less-vaccinated children and 2.3 million children receiving zero vaccinations in 2021. The persistent emergence and recurrence of diseases and epidemics in Nigeria, such as malaria, tuberculosis and COVID-19, continue to threaten Nigeria’s most vulnerable populations. To prepare and strengthen the country’s response to epidemics, organizations such as the Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI) work closely with the Nigerian government to develop policies that address and combat the presence of infectious diseases in the…

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ROYSE CITY, Texas — Access to clean, filtered water is a privilege overlooked by those who live in luxury. It is a massive blessing to those struggling to meet basic survival needs. Contaminated drinking water is the plague of many underdeveloped nations. A staggering 2.2 billion people having to collect water from unsafe and unmanaged sources. Dirty water is linked to a plethora of diseases, including cholera, dysentery, hepatitis A and typhoid. About 785 million people lack access to basic water services. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 251 million people require treatment for Schistosomiasis, a chronic disease caused…

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TRURO, United Kingdom — Ethiopia, often viewed as a symbol of progress due to its rapidly growing economy and urbanization, faces significant challenges. About 68.7% of its population suffers from multidimensional poverty, with an additional 18.4% at risk. The country’s health care system is under strain from ongoing conflicts, underfunding and environmental issues like droughts. Access to necessities is a critical concern, as 73% of Ethiopians lack access to safe drinking water and more than 90% do not have proper sanitation facilities, leaving many in urgent need of assistance. Ethiopia has made significant strides in health care over the last…

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