Urge your Senators and Representatives to support foreign assistance
The FY2015 appropriations season is underway. So, on May 7, CWS and other faith-based organizations are bringing local and state religious leaders from key Congressional districts and states around the country to Washington, DC. They'll be meeting in person with their members of Congress in support of international relief, development and refugee assistance.
You can participate from where you are right now. Contact your Senators and Representative using the form below and make your voice heard.
Here's some background information:
The best kept secret about U.S. relief and development aid is that it works!
Fewer children are dying now! Since 1990 deaths of children under 5 year old have dropped from 12.6 million to 6.6 million in 2012, even with a growing world population. Public and private aid from the U.S. and other countries has been the primary driver of this success.
More people are learning how to read. U.S. investments in primary education have helped to increase global literacy rates by 33 percent and triple primary school enrollment in the last 25 years. Educational attainment fuels economic productivity; individual earnings increase 10 percent for every year of school completed.
Furthermore, Development Assistance funds education, water and sanitation, agricultural, and many other programs, which help communities break the cycle of poverty and achieve sustainable solutions.
It's a great investment! U.S. humanitarian and poverty-focused international assistance is less than 1 percent of the federal budget, yet it helps hundreds of millions of desperate and impoverished people each year. That's less than one penny of every U.S. taxpayer dollar.