Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Describes global poverty issues and why US should take more action to help the quarter of the world who lives in extreme poverty.

We are living in a time when one-quarter of the world's population lives in extreme poverty, when 1.2 billion people have no access to drinkable water, and 2 billion live without electricity. The wealthier countries of the world, including our own, have a responsibility to assist those who are in dire need of basic resources -- food, clean water, medicine and health care.

Along with other religious, human rights, and relief service groups, the Reform Movement has worked hard to fight against cuts on development and humanitarian assistance for developing countries. In the past, our efforts have been geared toward securing substantial levels of aid for developing nations, particularly in Africa.

As the world's richest nation, the United States can, and should, do more to respond to the needs of the world's 800 million hungry people -- especially in light of the strong U.S. economy and projected national budget surplus. The United States continues to rank last among donor countries in the percentage of national income devoted to development assistance. As a leader of the world community, the U.S. must not shirk from its moral obligations to help those less fortunate around the world.

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