It's on everybody's mind right now, and for good reason. More than four thousand lives lost - children, parents, grandparents, spouses. Thousands more infected.
Last week Jubilee USA met with the White House to talk about the connections between Ebola and global financial policies. The nation of Guinea, where the epidemic began, spends more on debt than on public health and loses millions from corporate tax avoidance and corruption.
Please donate today to support Jubilee USA's efforts to improve economic policies that trap people in poverty. Your tax-deductible gift lifts millions of people living in extreme poverty. Your donation will be matched up to $15,000 by a generous anonymous donor.
Today, the three countries impacted most by the Ebola epidemic are spending nearly $200 million each year on debt. In addition to servicing its debt, Guinea has lost $436 million to corruption and corporate tax avoidance while spending only $101.7 million on public health expenditures. Your support wins economic reforms that protect and expand life-saving social services in poor countries. Your support cancelled Haiti's debt after its devastating earthquake and helped send 52 million kids to school in Africa. Clean drinking water. More schools. Fewer children dying of preventable illnesses. That's what your support for Jubilee has meant.
This year, your support has allowed us to push back predatory vulture funds at the White House, the United Nations and the IMF. Ebola highlights just how important these continuing victories are. The money these predatory funds seek to collect is the same money poor countries need to fund nurses, doctors and hospitals. In 2009, vulture funds even targeted Liberia, suing to claim about 5% of Liberia's total budget.
We are so grateful for your support.