6,500 people die every day;
and we have the resources to help
ONE.org is the Make Povery History Campaign for the United States of America.
One is in reference to a request that the US reallocate its budget by 1% to help those desperately in need.
By directing an additional ONE percent of the U.S. budget toward providing the most basic needs – and fighting the corruption that wastes precious resources — we can help transform the futures and hopes of an entire generation in the poorest countries.
With an additional ONE percent of our budget:
We can help prevent 10 million children from becoming AIDS orphans We can help get 104 million children into grade school. We can help provide water to almost 900 million people around the globe. We can save almost 6.5 million children under 5 from dying of diseases that could be prevented with low-cost measures like vaccination or a well for clean water. We can build a better, safer world for all.
30 million girls in sub-Saharan Africa dont have access to schools. Getting girls into school is one of the best ways to improve their futures, their health and the health of their families.
ONE percent of the U.S. budget is $25 billion, and redirecting that much money would have to be done over time. Directed to honest governments, private charities and faith-based organizations, this support would provide the tools and resources they need to really make a difference. American support would be part of a compact with poor countries who fight corruption and use their own resources to help their people out of poverty. American leadership would be an example for rich countries in Europe and Asia to do their share to help the poorest people in the world.
You Ask: What is the issue?
Way too many for our neighbors to be suffering under.
Why not do something?
Please check out the ONE.org campaign for more information–this is something that has been flying under the radar screen for far too long. And I pray that God would transform our hearts to see beyond our lives, our neighborhoods and our country to see a tragic global problem.
Just one example:
The Story of Lesotho
now it is facing a triple crisis: sharply reduced demand for its labour, as the mines become exhausted; a rising tide of HIV and Aids, and declining agriculture as erosion and drought reduces its crop yields.