Last Updated on by Anil Premlall

There are hundreds of groups working to end global poverty. After researching over 60, including the biggest and best known, we’re not aware of any that are ask for even half of what we strongly support to help the poor.

No one else comes near to suggesting extreme poverty can be ended in as little as five years – even thought it’s been done before in history.

I expected we’d get varying reactions from the other groups.

Some might say we’re being totally unrealistic. No one’s come right out and said that so far.

Others would say it’s fine to promote a different viewpoint – anything that helps increase interest in this issue could be helpful to everyone’s efforts. That’s tactful and even helpful to hear. Of course it’s nowhere near as helpful as endorsing what to me seems only fair.

What I didn’t expect was that any organization would immediately endorse our goals.

So far, I’m right about that. Please prove me wrong!

If we’re serious about doing what’s right

I think it’s obvious: Anything less than at least matching the Marshall Plan is totally unacceptable…

To me, this goal is totally reasonable. Just one and a half cents on each dollar of national income from the richest nations on the planet.

That’s what the Marshall Plan – a proven success – did. And even though it was only by the USA – and back then we had far less total wealth to draw on – it was a proven success. So in many ways, what we’re asking for has all been done before. A no-brainer! 🙂

In fact, this raises the question:

Why not ask for even more?

Frankly, if I was President of the richest, most powerful nation on the planet, with the power and the visibility to pull it off, I’d ask for more. If I was an ex-President, or owner of a major media company, a movie star or other major celebrity, I’d also ask for more, even if my public relations handlers told me to not to go out on a limb like this…

Anyway, I’m none of those celebrities. And I understand what we are asking for – more than double what the UN, all the nations, many nonprofits and sincerely concerned individuals are asking for – can already seem a stretch.

If Hearts & Minds does gain the impact of a major leader or celebrity, maybe we will ask for even more.

The question remains

How soon will we find other, established organizations open to joining our fairly conservative request? Not yet, but we’ll keep working at it.

I’m convinced that eventually many will agree with us. And our efforts are dedicated to helping make that happen sooner rather than later. Someday, as Robert Louis Stevenson wrote, “The mark of good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect.”

And there can’t be many better actions than helping hundreds of millions of people escape terrible poverty.

In time, I’m convinced many will will join us.

Meanwhile, you don’t have to wait for all the famous, powerful people to agree to do what’s right. You can join us now to help hundreds of millions more people:

There are hundreds of groups working to end global poverty. After researching over 60, including the biggest and best known, we’re not aware of any that are ask for even half of what we strongly support to help the poor.

No one else comes near to suggesting extreme poverty can be ended in as little as five years – even thought it’s been done before in history.

I expected we’d get varying reactions from the other groups.

Some might say we’re being totally unrealistic. No one’s come right out and said that so far.

Others would say it’s fine to promote a different viewpoint – anything that helps increase interest in this issue could be helpful to everyone’s efforts. That’s tactful and even helpful to hear. Of course it’s nowhere near as helpful as endorsing what to me seems only fair.

What I didn’t expect was that any organization would immediately endorse our goals.

So far, I’m right about that. Please prove me wrong!

If we’re serious about doing what’s right
I think it’s obvious: Anything less than at least matching the Marshall Plan is totally unacceptable…

To me, this goal is totally reasonable. Just one and a half cents on each dollar of national income from the richest nations on the planet.

That’s what the Marshall Plan – a proven success – did. And even though it was only by the USA – and back then we had far less total wealth to draw on – it was a proven success. So in many ways, what we’re asking for has all been done before. A no-brainer! 🙂

In fact, this raises the question:
Why not ask for even more?

Frankly, if I was President of the richest, most powerful nation on the planet, with the power and the visibility to pull it off, I’d ask for more. If I was an ex-President, or owner of a major media company, a movie star or other major celebrity, I’d also ask for more, even if my public relations handlers told me to not to go out on a limb like this…

Anyway, I’m none of those celebrities. And I understand what we are asking for – more than double what the UN, all the nations, many nonprofits and sincerely concerned individuals are asking for – can already seem a stretch.

If Hearts & Minds does gain the impact of a major leader or celebrity, maybe we will ask for even more.

The question remains
How soon will we find other, established organizations open to joining our fairly conservative request? Not yet, but we’ll keep working at it.

I’m convinced that eventually many will agree with us. And our efforts are dedicated to helping make that happen sooner rather than later. Someday, as Robert Louis Stevenson wrote, “The mark of good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect.”

And there can’t be many better actions than helping hundreds of millions of people escape terrible poverty.

In time, I’m convinced many will will join us.

Meanwhile, you don’t have to wait for all the famous, powerful people to agree to do what’s right. You can join us now to help hundreds of millions more people:

We Can End Global Hunger and Poverty – how you can help make it happen

We Can Help End Global Hunger and Poverty

– how you can help make it happen

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