WHAT'S GOING ON: THE BLOG
By Gloria Das As he goes to school with his friends, Hemel seems like any other child. But until last year, the 10-year-old led a different life, enduring a daily 16-hour shift at a tea stall in the city of Rangpur in northern Bangladesh. Hemel’s story begins when financial hardship forced his aging parents to … Read More
By Chris Huber Abrar hears her parents and siblings reminisce about their good life back home in Syria, but at 3, all she knows is a life in limbo. She reflects the growing number of refugee children who have never lived in their homeland. The war in Syria began in March 2011, before she was … Read More
Ask your Senators to cosponsor the Education for All Act The world has changed since 1966 – but our determination to provide every woman and man with the skills, capacities and opportunities to become everything they wish, in dignity and respect, remains as firm as ever. Literacy is a foundation to build a more sustainable … Read More
August has been a busy month and once again we are inspired by your persistence and passion for advocacy issues. You have contacted Congress nearly 200 times. In these emails, phone calls, and social posts, you have brought awareness to issues of maternal and child health, humanitarian aid for refugees, and ending child labor. So, … Read More
Earlier this month Lisa Bos, World Vision director of Government Relations, shared an update on U.S. foreign assistance programs. Today, in a piece originally published on The Hill, Lisa writes about how a meeting with a family in Kenya reinforced why these accounts are so important. By Lisa Bos I first met John and Grace … Read More
By Leovigildo Pedro “Dear mom and dad, we are very much aware of the tough society that we are living in lately: the tough struggles you have to go through to make ends meet among other needs you may have to look after for the sake of your children, particular[ily] ours, as girl children. But we … Read More
By Zoey Wilson How does your knowledge of U.S. poverty-focused foreign assistance stack up against the average American’s knowledge? Every year the Kaiser Family Foundation surveys Americans on their ideas of foreign assistance. The results: most Americans have misconceptions about foreign assistance. Take the quiz to find out how you compare! How did you do? … Read More
Today is World Humanitarian Day — an annual day to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service and to mobilize people to advocate for a more humane world. Yesterday, the world was shaken by the image of Omran, a 5-year-old boy in Syria who was pulled from the rubble of his … Read More
“I don’t have dreams here [in Lebanon]; all my dreams are in Syria. I wish to return to Syria, to my school, to my house, and I wish the war stops in Syria and we have peace again. I wish they [decision makers] would change my house here [in Lebanon] because I live in a … Read More
Poverty-focused foreign assistance
While most Americans estimate that foreign assistance comprises 26% of the U.S. budget, it actually accounts for less than 1% of federal spending — but positively impacts millions who live in extreme poverty globally. Each dollar translates into lives saved for those who live in poverty.
Currently, one in every 113 people in the world is a refugee, and the conflict in Syria has contributed to the largest refugee crisis since WWII. We’re educating members of Congress about the refugees’ realities in the region and working to maximize humanitarian aid to those in desperate need.
Globally, 85 million children are trapped in dirty, dangerous, and degrading jobs – including nearly 8 million in forced labor. We work to promote U.S. foreign policies that protect vulnerable children from exploitation, forced labor, human trafficking, and violence. As a community we speak out to prevent policies that could result in their undue harm to children.
Healthy moms and babies
Every day, nearly 16,000 children under the age of 5 die from preventable causes. Pregnancy and childbirth claim the lives of nearly 300,000 mothers a year. We advocate for U.S. legislation that will help improve the health of mothers and young children where access to life-saving care is limited.