Here's a cool fact:
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has already invested over a billion dollars in programs to fight disease and poverty in India.
That's an incredible number, and an incredible cause.
Take Bill Gates' trip to Ujariaon for example. Ujariaon is one of hundreds of slums in India. About 2,000 people live in this one square kilometer and are sustained through garbage picking.
This poverty is repeated all over those hundreds of slums.
Here's what Bill said:
“It’s a challenge to reconcile the extremes. On the one hand, there are a lot of talented people and some amazing things going on [in India]. But there’s also a huge amount of abject poverty. My visit to the slum, where good water is rare and open defecation is the rule, was a stark reminder that even in the cities, there is much work to be done.
“That experience will stay with me for a long time. Despite very tough lives, people there have great strength and determination, and they’re optimistic about the future.”
Luckily, India’s government has been an effective partner to the Foundation.
It has been pretty reliable in taking over the running and financing of joint projects.
Plus, one of the biggest accomplishments is that there have been no reported cases of polio in over a year!
And we love seeing how philanthropic Bill Gates is.
It truly warms our hearts!
[Image via AP Images.]