ONE and (RED) campaigns

As an introduction, you and I should explore the history of the causes that share the twin goal to fund HIV/AIDS affected communities in Africa. ONE aims at addressing the causes of AIDS, Poverty and Aid. See the issues here.I was intrduced to the one campaign by this kid. Shuqran(Thanks) for that intro.

Here is what the ONE Campaign does
Why ONE percent?

Americans have always been a generous people – just look at the outpouring of support for the victims of the tsunami. Yet, most Americans would be surprised to learn that less than ONE percent of the federal budget is currently marked for fighting AIDS and poverty around the world. Surveys show people think it is over 15%.

ONE percent of the U.S. budget is approximately $25 billion, and redirecting that much more money will take 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.
What is 1% of your salary?

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. If the U.S. were to devote an additional ONE percent – one cent more for every dollar spent by the federal government–to helping the world’s poorest people help themselves, America would demonstrate a commitment to the Millennium Goals, an internationally agreed upon effort to halve global poverty by 2015.Imagine if you donated that 1% to someone who may never see it?

One percent is not merely a number on a balance sheet. One percent is the girl who gets to go to school, thanks to you. One percent is the AIDS patient who gets her medicine. One percent is the African entrepreneur who can start a small family business. One percent is not redecorating presidential palaces or money flowing down a hole.No massive investments in elephant schemes here! Serikali, are you listening? This one percent is digging waterholes to provide clean water. One percent is a new partnership with Africa and the world’s poorest countries, where increased assistance flows toward improved governance and initiatives with proven track records.

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.

America gives less than one percent now. Were asking for an extra one percent to change the world, to transform millions of lives–but not just that – to also transform the way the world sees us. One percent is national security, enlightened economic self interest, and a better safer world for us all.

As for the (RED) Campaign, shopping is a way that we can do something for this project. I suppose the best things in life are RED!
Let us think about the potential. Today is Black Friday and everybody I know from here to Texas was out buying something. Imagine if these items were RED products… and we were still donating these monies while we indulge our materialism…wouldn’t it make some kind of a change. We are always making the appropriate noises about donating money to Africa, e.g poor NGO infrastructure and the list goes on.

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I see (RED)!!!!

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