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Borgen Project visits Yakima to bring more attention to global poverty

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YAKIMA, Wash. - The Seattle-based Borgen Project visited local media outlets and planned a trip to Central Washington University on Monday to bring more attention to world poverty and the impact it has on small communities.

Clint Borgen, a Washington State University graduate, created the group after seeing a lack of action by U.S. leaders while helping with aid efforts in Kosovo. The Borgen Project says the world's poor has economic and national security implications.

"It's very tied to the people's own interest here in Yakima," he said. "To see the issue of global poverty addressed [is] gonna create jobs for people here in the United States."

Borgen says he wanted to spend time in Rep. Doc Hastings's district because he would like to see the congressman address the issue as a local leader.

In a tough economy, Borgen believes the country is better off because of the untapped market that has been created by the poor in the past 15 years. He believes the current climate could be worse for Americans if the U.S. had not been able to sell goods to these emerging countries.

As a way of improving national security, Borgen says even officials in the Dept. of Defense have pointed to more stability in poor nations as a way of keeping the U.S. armed forces safer while serving abroad.

Borgen encourages residents in central Washington to contact Hastings and ask him to give more attention to this cause.