The leaders of the eight most powerful nations in the world pledged to At the 2005 meeting, the G8 leaders committed to:
Cancel the debts owed by 35 of the world's poorest countries to the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and African Developement Fund.
Increase aid to poor countries by $50 billion dollars by 2010, with half the aid targeting Africa.
Increase humanitarian aid and support to peacekeeping and arms control.
Help create a world trade deal that favors poor nations.
For a little background, World Vision is a Christain charity that has been helping children around the world since Doctor Bob Pierce founded the organization in 1953. They are one of the largest and highly respected charitable groups in our country.
AIDS and world poverty are such issues. The G8 has limitations and is an informal meeting of the minds but these are our world leaders all gathered in one place. They have the power to change the policies of their respective countries. They should be made aware of the issues that most concern their citizenry and held accountable for promises made and accepted in good faith by the poorest of the poor.
That's what the letters to President Bush is about, to remind him of his commitments and his nation's commitment to help end poverty and solve the AIDS crisis.
In my letter, I told the President that most every day I drive by grafitti on a block wall that reads, "Food Not Bombs". I told him I know his job is difficult and complicated. I told him I think of him every time I see those words and pray that he is making responsible decisions for the welfare of our country and the world.
Send your opinion, whatever that may be. A lifted voice is still a voice and better than the alternative, silent suffering....be part of the change.