Urge Your Representative to Prioritize Humanitarian Foreign Assistance

A smiling girl in Darfur
A young girl in Darfur, Sudan. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT-Caritas

Have you ever had a neighbor who was going through a difficult time. Maybe they were hungry or the kids were sick. Of course you want to help, so you grab your wallet and offer them a couple of bucks.

That's exactly what relief and development aid in the U.S. federal budget is meant to do. It helps people in the world's poorest communities – our neighbors – find their way out of poverty and into self-sufficient, healthy lives.

Each year U.S. international food aid programs reach approximately 60 million people, including millions of school children. Aid to small-scale farmers in developing countries is helping ensure food security for entire communities and preventing future famines. And the number of children dying from preventable and treatable conditions - like diarrheal disease and pneumonia - has been reduced from 11 million in 2008 to 7 million in 2012.

U.S. relief and development aid is saving lives, while creating a more stable world for everyone. And, contrary to what many people think, we spend less than 1 percent of the entire federal budget.

That's right – less than 1 percent.

By the end of this month, Members of Congress have to agree on a spending bill, which will include funding for aid programs. The Senate has proposed keeping the funding near existing levels, while the House would make significant cuts.

Your voice can make the difference.

Please tell your elected officials that America can find another way to balance the budget than on the backs of our neighbors living in desparate need. Tell them to support full funding for humanitarian and poverty-focused foreign assistance.

Contact your Members of Congress and make your voice heard!

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