Each year, Americans are surveyed and asked, “What percentage of the U.S. budget do you think is spent on foreign assistance?” On average, respondents say 26 percent of the U.S. budget. Only about 1 in 20 respondents answer correctly with a response that less than one percent of the federal budget is spent on foreign assistance.

With this small percentage of our tax dollars going to foreign assistance, it is important that we speak up and tell our members of Congress how we would like to see them used. Money for foreign assistance programs—including for maternal and child health programs, have directly translated to lives saved over the past 25 years. Since 1990, with the help of U.S. foreign assistance, the world has cut the number of children who die before their 5th birthday by half, saving more than 48 million lives since the year 2000. However, 16,000 children under the age of 5 still die each day, largely from preventable causes. Ask your members of Congress to protect the programs that can help bring this number to zero.

In Washington, D.C., members of Congress are starting the appropriations process—deciding how to spend and allocate the U.S. budget. This is a long process, and can be complicated, but the one piece that doesn’t often make the news is that it involves you. Members of Congress take into account what they hear from their constituents during this time and where you want YOUR tax dollars to go.

Due to the support of a bipartisan group in the House of Representatives, which includes Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Betty McCollum (D-MN), there is a letter that your member of Congress can sign in support of global maternal and child health programs. These programs are often at risk for funding cuts—cuts that would be devastating to mothers and children around the world.

Ask your Representative to show their support for global maternal and child health programs by adding their name to the McCollum/Reichert letter. We know that members of Congress listen to advocates. Sending an email will take only a couple of minutes, but can make a world of difference for mothers and children around the globe [this action is no longer active].

We value your partnership with World Vision and by using everything that God has given us, including our influence, we can maximize our impact to help save mothers and children.

Photo: In India, Tara stands with her ten-day-old baby girl, Kushi. Unable to reach a birthing facility, Tara gave birth alone in a field. Children heard her screams and went and got women from the village to come cut the umbilical cord and carry mother and baby home. © 2015 World Vision/photo by Annila Harris

31 Comments

  • Help all the people in need and stop wars as soon as they are considered. Real problems first, from Palestine to Colombia! Hep the damn people.

  • Please be merciful & continue to help and support the mothers and children who are in need around the world!
    Thank you so much!

  • Please help mothers and children in other countries with their health. Please add your name to McCullem/Reichert Bill . Myself and my children are blessed to be born in our country and want others to have health care also. I’ve worked all my life and don’t complain about new taxes etc that help other people, setting aside money in our countriy’s budget would be so good . Sincerely, Suzanne Schauer

  • Shame on your Amerixa if you have forgotten mercy towards women and children! Stand up for all! that need a voice!!

  • Please help these children and mothers to have a better life they deserve it thank of your children when you look at them thank you

  • Our responsibility is to assist and protect the vulnerable. Without the mother’s you would not have children, without children you would not have a future generation.

  • I hope for the day to arrive when commonsense, and doing what is right for all God created will just be the norm – That goodness, kindness and love will be whats most important for all!!!

  • Please don’t look away. Our Creator is aware of our care for each other. Do not respond with indifference. Our problem is in the lack of DISTRIBUTION of what is available.

  • In such a prosperous country as America, we have many choices available to us. This is not so in many countries where poverty is so apparent. The vulnerable women and children suffer disproportionately. The budget of the United States must reflect our compassion for others. It is a shame to know that so little of out budget is allocated to helping those in other countries. Senators and congressmen, do the right thing in giving a larger portion

  • Read Proverbs 31:8-9
    8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
    for the rights of all who are destitute.
    9 Speak up and judge fairly;
    defend the rights of the poor and needy.
    When we follow God’s ways he will bless us.
    Thank you!

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