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August 20, 2013 at 6:36 AM
There is hope
Is there no hope in slowing the march to “Elysium?” [“Column: Our present-day march toward ‘Elysium,’” Opinion, Aug. 18.]
Fortunately, there are amazing ways the worst aspects of poverty are being fought today. Microfinance is helping millions leave poverty. Social business is creating jobs and solving problems from Bangladesh to Haiti to Sweden.
The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization is providing access to lifesaving medicines to protect children. The Global Partnership for Education is working to assure all children receive a minimum of a primary education, which cuts down on disease, lowers birthrates and increases earning power.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria is so successful that for the first time in human history, these three diseases are being brought under control. Even the World Bank says we can end extreme poverty by 2030.
All of these programs need funding, and in a democracy it is up to citizens to make sure that happens by requesting elected officials to fund these programs.
Willie Dickerson, Snohomish
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