INVEST IN U.S. FOREIGN ASSISTANCE
US foreign assistance accounts for less than 1 percent of the federal budget—yet this small amount enables the United States to work through trusted partners, including faith-based organizations such as World Vision, to implement programs that bring hope, opportunity, and improved well-being for children and families in the world's toughest places.
US foreign assistance encompasses global health, child protection, food assistance, gender equality, education, economic development, water, sanitation & hygiene, and humanitarian response—all while partnering with communities and countries to build self-reliance. With funding allocated annually by Congress, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) provides grants to trusted implementing partners like World Vision. These grants complement existing development activities and increase our overall impact—putting our collective goals of eliminating extreme poverty and achieving holistic child wellbeing within reach.
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To name just a few successes: In the past ten years, USAID's maternal and child health efforts have helped save the lives of more than 9.3 million children and 340,000 women (USAID). The number of children in hazardous labor has fallen by 94 million (Dept of Labor). Literacy rates are up 33 percent worldwide in the last 25 years, and primary school enrollment has tripled in that period (USAID).
US foreign assistance strengthens trade partnerships and attracts new consumers around the world for US goods and products. In fact, 43 of the top 50 consumer nations of US agricultural products were once foreign aid recipients (USAID), and 11 of our top 15 trade partners today are former recipients of US foreign aid (AMFAR).