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.
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“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
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 since 2012:
- 41.1 million children have been vaccinated against deadly preventable diseases.
- 14.9 million people have gained access to basic drinking water.
- 28 million children have been reached with nutrition programs.
- 85.2 million treatments for diarrhea and pneumonia have been provided to children.
Between 2011 and 2017, USAID provided 69.8 million children with early grade reading instruction. And in 2018 alone, USAID helped 81 million women and children access essential—and often life-saving—health services.
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.
(Last Updated 2/3/20)