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February 29, 2012 / charityprofiles

Rocking Poverty in the World

Bono is the frontman of the Dublin-based rock band U2. He writes almost all the lyrics of U2’s songs, often times using social, political and religious themes.

Aside from being a singer, an artist and a musician, Bono is also active in causes to fight poverty and hunger in the world. He is in constant contact with world leaders and policy makers in his pursuit to make the world better.

Bono’s first exposure to charitable works was in 1986 when World Vision invited him to Ethiopia. It was during this time when Bono and his wife Ali developed an educational program which uses songs and one-act plays to spread information on issues like hygiene and health.

His trip to Ethiopia was followed with trips to Nicaragua and El Salvador. There, he worked with Sanctuary to help the communities draw their attention from conflicts.

Joined by the band The Edge, Bono was in the Festival Against Racism held in Hamburg Germany in 1993. In this festival, there were theatrical events, a concert, press conference, and a debate on the subject of anti-racism.

Bono leads the fight against poverty in the world. He helped organize institutions that address the issues of poverty such as Debt AIDS Trade Africa (DATA), ONE Campaign and EDUN, a clothing company that promotes trade with poor countries.

For his charitable works, Bono was included in the Forbes Generous Celebrity List for his involvement in the campaign against the spread of AIDS and for debt relief in Africa. He participates in many fund raising campaigns to fight AIDS; one of the most prominent of which is his donation to One in Four Ireland of $50,000.

For his efforts, Bono was nominated 3 times for the Nobel Peace Prize. He was knighted in 2007.

In that same year, Bono met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy. During the meeting, Bono convinced President Sarkozy to restore the €20 million cut in Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The President promised Bono that France will keep her word.

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