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October 24, 2008 at 5:30 PM

Gates Foundation

Restoring faith in humanity

I am contacting you today in regards to the recent story on the Gates Foundation [“Gates Foundation gives 104 $100,000 grants for global health projects,” Nation & World, Oct. 22].

The story was inspiring, to say the least.

I am a young college student and I hear the negative sides of economy, health care, education and politics everyday, and my faith in humanity becomes a little dimmer.

This story on how the Gates Foundation continues to contribute to the world community shows that humanity has a sidekick, and we can all learn how to help.

Bill and Melinda Gates plan to spend more than $1 billion in 22 countries for developing ideas in the medical world.

With all of the numbers we hear today for research on medication, $1 billion in 22 countries may not seem like a lot. But maybe it isn’t just the money that will help a cause. The idea that in such trying times, people who may seem like they have everything in the world would be willing to give to such a fundamental cause can show the possible greatness from the human heart.

–Lindsay Knaus, Bellingham

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