CWS: “Tell Congress to Support Poverty Reducing Foreign Aid”

September 16, 2013

Washington, DC — Humanitarian agency Church World Service is calling people of conscience to action for a National Call-In Day on Wednesday, Sept. 18 to urge members of Congress to support hunger and poverty-focused foreign aid.

Despite the fact that the foreign aid budget — a mere one percent of the entire federal budget–saves lives, the U.S. House of Representatives wants to cut 25 cents from every dollar the government spends to help to our neediest neighbors.

CWS is urging people to use their voices on the Sept. 18 National Call-In Day to help prevent the cuts.  The number to call to reach your representative is 1-800-826-3688.

From funding to support safe water projects that help keep kids safe from diseases caused by unclean water to farming projects that provide food security for families and communities, U.S. foreign aid assistance is making a huge difference in the lives of some 60 million people in poor communities around the world.

Even as our lawmakers in Washington look for ways to bring the federal budget under control by spending less, “we cannot lose sight of the fact that foreign aid helps to decrease poverty for our neediest neighbors and helps to create a more stable, secure world for everyone, said CWS President the Rev. John McCullough.

“CWS and others in the faith community fund and implement a broad range of development programs aimed at ending hunger and poverty, but we also need the continued, robust involvement from the U.S. government, to help people lift themselves out of poverty,” McCullough said.

CWS urges concerned people to contact their Senators and Representatives now and tell them the U.S. can find another way to balance its books than on the backs of our neighbors in need.   Learn more here and call 1-800-826-3688 to make your voice heard.