The Borgen Project fights Poverty

The number of people suffering from hunger is greater than the population of the U.S., Canada and EU combined. Poverty. A seven letter word that has stricken so many places around the world. With poverty comes hunger, homelessness, depression, and so much more. That’s why initiatives such as The Borgen Project exist. The Borgen Project is an innovative, national campaign working to make global poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy. This organization was formed in 2003 in Seattle, Washington. With 220 volunteer cities, the Borgen Project has one goal, to fight extreme poverty.

The Borgen Project’s focus of advocacy is global food security, food aid reform, newborn, child, and mother survival, access to clean water, sanitation and power. Their methodology, which is stated on the website is as follows; “From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture. We operate at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day”.

There are many global issues that are a result of poverty.  Did you know that almost 3 billion people lack access to toilets and almost 1 billion lack access to clean drinking water? Almost 200 million children under the age of 5 in developing regions are underweight for their age. 179 million infants in the least developed countries are not protected from diseases by routine immunization. 3.2 million children under the age of 15 currently live with HIV. 161 million children do not attend primary school.

The Borgen Project support The Global Food Security Act of 2016. This important piece of legislation will help fight global hunger and combat the cycle of poverty in the world’s most vulnerable communities while advancing U.S. interests abroad. This bill also requires the President to develop and implement a Global Food Security Strategy to promote global food security, resilience, and nutrition.


Haylee Garner, an intern for The Borgen Project says that she Is “trying to build political support for the Food for Peace Reform Act”. She has reached out to Facebook with the hopes of getting people to sign a form to advocate the Food Aid Reform. This passing of this bill will cause the USAID to provide funding to improve nutrition and food quality for malnourished citizens in under developed countries.



If anyone is interested in making a donation to The Borgen Project, donations can be made on their Facebook page.

Click the link below to see a video of Haylee Garner discussing The Borgen Project.





Intern explains what Connections of Cumberland County is all About

The doors of Connections of Cumberland County in Fayetteville, North Carolina were opened in July of 2014. Connections caters to women and children in Cumberland County. With poverty being prominent in downtown Fayetteville, Connections is somewhat of a safe haven for women and children in need of basic necessities. At connections, the mission is to collaborate with all community resources to empower women and children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to become self reliant.

The services offered at Connections are as follows; Day resource center with case management, Connect-2-Redirect Program (C2R), and the intern learning lab. Among the many faces at Connections, there is intern, Charmaile Pennie. She works alongside the case workers at Connections. As an intern Charmaile Is allowed the opportunity to experience real life cases and build her skill set. She is a master level social work student, so her knowledge in the field is fresh. After several sit downs and phone conversations, in a self recorded response to interview questions, Charmaile addressed what Connections is all about and what her primary tasks as an intern include.

There are many different types of women that come to Connections seeking help. “They all have a different story”, Pennie said.

Charmaile went into the field of social work because her grandparents taught her to be a good Samaritan. At Connections, she provides case management, and assisting in the day resource center.

“This is truly calling for life, it’s all a part of a bigger plan” Pennie said.

Last year Connections of Cumberland was recognized by the local newspaper, The Fayetteville
Observer. Their efforts to grow with the homeless have brought positive attention their way.

“It’ s really a great place. I like to help people so this internship allows me to do that”, Pennie said.

Charmaile is a professional in her own way because she has studied homelessness and poverty for many years. As she works toward earning more degree’s she is increasing her knowledge of these subjects and making plans to effectively change her community.

The internship with Connections has placed Charmaile on a professional level because she deals one on one, face to face, with women who are homeless and in need of assistance. She knows first hand what can be done to help them in their current situations.

When Charmaile goes out to begin her career, having Connections of Cumberland County on her resume will be a major plus. She is receiving top of the line experience In the field of social work.

“I have two daughters and they are my motivation”, Pennie said.

Charmaile can be contacted on her personal Facebook page.


Experts Dedicate Time to Research Poverty

With poverty being such a common issue around the world, it is important to know who is fighting to end it. There are experts all over that have dedicated years to finding a way to put an end to poverty. There are experts that research topics such as poverty, homelessness, and assistance programs. Among these experts are Sarah Burd-Sharps, Kevin C. Corinth, and Angela Rachidi.

Sarah Burd-Sharps is the co-director of the Measure of America Project, which is part of the Social Science Research Council. This project is set out to provide easy-to-use yet methodologically sound tools for understanding the distribution of well-being and opportunity in America and stimulating fact-based dialogue about issues we all care about: health, education, and living standards. ( Burd-Sharps goal is to get anti-poverty activists and researchers, like herself, to work more closely. She contributed to the 2014 Hunger Report for Bread for the World. In the report, she and her colleague Kristen Lewis, shared information on how to reengage Americans in the search for lasting solutions. Burd-Sharps education and work background can be found on her linked-in page.

Kevin C. Corinth is a research fellow in economic studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). The American Enterprise Institute is a public policy think tank dedicated to defending human dignity, expanding human potential, and building a freer and safer world. ( Corinth has a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Boston College and a master’s and doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago. His main focus is homelessness and the programs and policies put in place to assist the homeless. Poverty is also part of Corinth’s research. His twitter page is dedicated to his research initiative to help the homeless. On August 5, he tweeted his plan for the next phase of homelessness policy. Corinth can be found on twitter @kevincorinth. Corinth’s education and work background can be found on his linked-in page.


Angela Rachidi is also a research fellow at AEI. Her research areas are poverty assistance to low- income families, and low income support programs. The programs include; TANF, SNAP (food stamps), impact of EITC, workforce development programs, and child support enforcement programs. Rachidi is an expert because she has a Ph.D. in social welfare policy from The New School’s Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy.  She also has a masters of public administration from Northern Illinois University and a B.S. in public administration from the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. The experts at AEI not only engage in research that focuses on today’s most critical challenges but also look ahead to ideas and issues that have yet to be widely recognized. Rachidi can be found on twitter @AngelaRachidi and on linked-in. Her education and work background can be found on her linked-in page as well.




The World Food Programme Fights Hunger Everywhere

Remember the commercials that came on every Sunday morning, showing the faces of many adults and children that were starving and did not have anything to eat, or even a place to sleep at night? All over the world there are people who are starving and in need of food and shelter. The World Food Programme (WFP) has made it a goal to fight the hunger worldwide. WFP is the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger. The program is funded entirely by voluntary donations. Many stories of adults and children all across the world who go to bed hungry can be seen on WFP’s twitter account. The issue of hunger and poverty is very prominent in Africa. But to bring it closer to home, Robeson County in North Carolina has been named one of the poorest counties in the United States. Programs like WFP are needed in that area.

WFP tweeted:

With urgent & ambitious climate action, we can ensure ‪#foodsecurity.

According to the graphic in the tweet the method is as follows; 1. Address causes and consequence of climate change. 2. Flexible and predictable funding.  3. Link social protection and adaptation.

The WFP has a strategic plan to ending world hunger. The plan includes four objectives;

  1. Save lives and protect livelihoods in emergencies;
  2. Support food security and nutrition and (re)build livelihoods in fragile settings and following emergencies;
  3. Reduce risk and enable people, communities and countries to meet their own food and nutrition needs;
  4. Reduce undernutrition and break the intergenerational cycle of hunger.

In effort to promote the cause, WFP has taken to social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linked In, and Google+. WFP is a trending topic. Connecting Robeson County and the WFP could help the community feed those that are homeless or less fortunate. Food insecurity is a big deal.

WTP’s slogan states:

Hunger feeds on disease, conflict, poverty, inequality and climate change. But we can solve hunger and you can help.

WFP provides food assistance to over 76 million people in 81 countries. This is done by focusing on the most vulnerable situations in developing countries. With poverty comes many things; hunger, homelessness, jobless, food insecurity, and more.  Due to the prominent issue of poverty and hunger in Robeson County, there are many different services that are provided to help those who are in need. The World Food Programme should be added to that list.

Check out this infographic I created with hunger statistics:

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