Proposed Cuts to U.S. Foreign Assistance Threaten Children Worldwide

ChildFund International calls upon Congress to protect U.S. foreign assistance funding and maintain our country’s leadership in the world. The proposed cuts would have devastating consequences to the well-being of the world’s children and families.

Armand, 13, harvests sugar cane in a field in Talisay, Philippines. In this town and in eleven total provinces across the country, ChildFund and five other organizations are implementing the LEAP (Livelihoods, Education, Advocacy, Protection) project, which is getting children out of child labor and back into schools. Photo by Jake Lyell.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Information:
Angela Ross
ARoss@ChildFund.org
804-756-2700 Ext 3605


Richmond, Va. (March 2, 2017)ChildFund International is deeply concerned by reports that the administration may propose unprecedented and devastating cuts to U.S. foreign assistance.

“Such a drastic reduction in foreign assistance poses a grave threat to the safety and well-being of children worldwide,” said Anne Goddard, President and CEO of ChildFund International.

U.S. development and humanitarian programs save the lives of countless children every year. They fight polio, HIV/AIDS, malaria and hunger. Leveraged with significant private charitable donations, U.S. funding has helped to reduce by half the number of childhood deaths since 1990.

The support of U.S. development programs has made possible ChildFund’s delivery of larger-scale, more comprehensive gains for children and families worldwide. In Uganda, U.S. funding is helping ChildFund to significantly reduce the unnecessary institutionalization and separation of children and families. In Senegal, U.S. foreign assistance helped bring lifesaving community-based health care to remote areas across the country.

Today, foreign assistance makes up less than one percent of the federal budget. This highly cost-effective investment saves lives, decreases dependency, builds stronger, more resilient societies, tackles the root causes of poverty and builds a safer world.

This week more than 120 retired U.S. generals and admirals were so alarmed by the threatened budgets that they sent a joint letter urging Congress to fully fund U.S. diplomacy and foreign aid.

“We know from our service in uniform that many of the crises our nation faces do not have military solutions alone,” they wrote. “The State Department, USAID, Millennium Challenge Corporation, Peace Corps and other development agencies are critical to preventing conflict and reducing the need to put our men and women in uniform in harm’s way.”

ChildFund calls upon Congress to protect U.S. foreign assistance funding and maintain our country’s leadership in the world. The proposed cuts would have devastating consequences to the well-being of the world’s children and families.

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ChildFund International partners with communities throughout Asia, Africa and the Americas – including the United States – to create lasting, positive change for children. Our programs address the underlying conditions that prevent children and youth from achieving their full potential. Last year, we reached almost 18 million children and family members. Approximately 200,000 Americans support our work by sponsoring individual children or investing in ChildFund programs. We belong to a global network of 11 organizations, ChildFund Alliance, serving children in more than 60 countries. Together, we advocate worldwide for the protection and well-being of all children. Within the U.S. government, we advocate to elevate and advance the issues of international child protection and child well-being across U.S. foreign assistance policy and funding priorities. Find out more at www.ChildFund.org.