Hello and thank you for visiting my fundraising page!
My name is Lindsay Roach and I am currently a political affaris intern at the Borgen Project, a non-profit organization that is working to fight global poverty.
I first became interested in the fight against global poverty while taking a development economics course at CSU Sacramento. During my studies I learned that the best way to ensure the continued economic growth of our own country, was to lift the world's most struggling populations out of poverty and allow them to become consumers. This increases demand for U.S. goods and transfers into more jobs here at home, all while we save lives, fight world hunger, and increase the standard of living for millions of people across the world.
I chose to intern with the Borgen Project because I believe that they have the most effective strategy for accomplishing these goals. The Borgen Project focuses on mobilization and advocacy here in the U.S. to get our members of congress to increase funding for USAID, which funds development projects in poor countries. They muster up support for bills that fight world hunger and promote sustainable agricultural-led economic growth, and advocate for legislation that would bring water and electricty to the world's least fortunate.
I realize that sometimes it seems more enticing to donate to an organization that turns that money around and directly builds wells or buys cattle, because you can physically see where your money is going. But I urge you to think about this:
It takes $12,000 to build one well, monitor it and make sure it provides safe drinking water for 5 years.
It takes only $2,000 for our organization to send an advocate to Washington D.C. to hold over 90 meetings with members of congress and gain support for a bill that would increase funding for foreign development projects by $500 million!
Your money is clearly better spent, and can have a greater effect on a larger population when put towards advocacy.
Please consider donating to a great cause and helping me end world poverty!