This Thanksgiving a majority those reading this post have a lot to be thankful for. We have some form of internet access, chances are we are not starving if we are using the internet. However, 95% of the world’s population lives outside of the United States and are living on less than a dollar a day.

I personally cannot imagine having to live on less than a dollar day. I feel I have been incredibly blessed to have been born in the United States and blessed with the things I have. The holiday season makes me even more appreciative than I typically am.

Recently, I was offered a position as a Political Affairs Intern withΒ The Borgen Project.Β Until I was searching for an internship I had never even heard of the Borgen Project. I sure am glad I did my research!

The Borgen Project is a group of individuals looking to aid the world’s poor. Now, I know what you’re probably thinking,
“the US has plenty of poor, what about them?”. I completely understand that thought process, I truly do. However. did you know that there is a foreign aid budget? Did you also know it is is the United States best interest to help those in developing countries. If not for the economic benefits but for the national security reasons.

Photo taken in India fromΒ Steve McCurry

Top military leaders are in agreement about the state of the world. By aiding The “3Ds” for protecting the United States are: Defense, Development and Diplomacy. Now, if you are living in one of these developing countries and your family is starving, do you let them starve or do you join the cartels and terrorist organizations that are promising a better life? Did you know the world’s most dangerous countries are also some of the poorest?

By helping those countries that are developing we are taking away the power of terrorist organizations, cartels, etc. People who have access to clean drinking water, food, medicine, and shelter are not interested in joining terrorist organizations because they have what they need. Their basic human rights are being met.

Not only does aiding the world’s poor help in terms of national security but it creates consumers. When these developing countries become more than developing countries they will have funds that can be spent on products from the US.

At a time where the holiday calls for being thankful we must be aware of all that we have and even more aware of how we have so much more than those outside the United States.

If you are interested in helping the world’s poor you can do so in a few ways. One would be to donate. I am currently looking to raise $500 before the end of my internship! Any little bit would help. I appreciate any and all donations.

You can also send an email to your representatives. This is the easiest thing to do! If you go to The Borgen Project all you have to do is put in your name and zip code and we will generate an email for you. It’s as easy as that!

You can also call your representatives. Usually when you call you just get an intern and just say you’d like your representative to support a bill that would help the world’s poor.

I appreciate you reading all the way to the end. Please share with me your thoughts, opinions, questions, etc. Let me know if you made a donation, sent an email, etc.

Can’t wait to hear from you!