Now is the time to speak out in support of foreign assistance and its vital programs. This small 1% of the U.S. budget saves lives and helps improve safety, health, and opportunities for children around the world. Let Congress know that you care and that people are paying attention.

“For the United States, supporting international development is more than just an expression of our compassion. It is a vital investment in the free, prosperous, and peaceful international order that fundamentally serves our national interest.”
-Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice

As Congress begins work on appropriation bills for FY20, funding for foreign assistance programs is at risk. NOW is the time to act and tell Congress that funding for foreign assistance must be preserved.

Foreign assistance funds programs that provide clean water, make education accessible for children, help mothers and babies, distribute vaccines, fund humanitarian responses during disasters, and more.

Here are just a few of the accomplishments of U.S. foreign assistance:

  • A projected 23.4 million more people are living above the poverty line, 3.4 million more children are living free of stunting, and 5.2 million more families no longer suffer from hunger.
  • Since 2011, 69.8 million children have received early-grade reading instruction.
  • Since 2008, USAID’s efforts have helped save the lives of 4.6 million children and 200,000 women.
  • The number of children in hazardous labor has fallen by 94 million.
  • Over 8 years, 12.3 million people gained access to safe drinking water.
  • 690 million children have been vaccinated, in partnership with Gavi, since 2001.

As protracted conflicts continue around the globe, the challenge of providing child protection and health interventions to these fragile contexts only increases. To maintain U.S. leadership during this time of complex global needs and crises, increasing the total funding for the International Affairs Budget to $60 billion is critical.

Tell your members of Congress that you support foreign assistance and ask them to reject any budget appropriation deals that cut total funding for this small 1% of the federal budget that saves lives.

Additional Links:

View our foreign assistance leave behind.

Read the Faith Leader Letter.

Download and share out our foreign assistance infographic. 

Learn more about foreign assistance.

(Last Updated 5/1/19)