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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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. All of this is more important than ever in the wake of COVID-19’s economic and development impacts.

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

  • Each year more than 3 million lives are saved through immunization programs.
  • From 2011-2017, 69 million children were provided early grade reading instruction.
  • In the past two years, 11.6 million people gained access to sustainable water, with 7.9 million gaining access for the first time.

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 fact sheet.

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(Last Updated 5/3/21)