EXCERPT: Tackle extreme poverty, save lives, take action!

Rachel Baxter, founder and editor of Lifestyle and Charity, a magazine for men and women featuring philanthropic brands, discoveries and inspiration, explains why Congress should protect our US international affairs budget. This is an excerpt of her piece, which you can read here.

The United States is the most charitable nation in the world giving millions in foreign aid each year to help our fellow nations and the world’s children. In 2011, the U.S. government provided about $30 billion in development assistance, which is more than twice as much as the second most generous country (Germany).

The motive behind foreign aid is to tackle extreme poverty, support strategic political and economic interests, and help developing nations.

While there are many critics of foreign aid (as in such cases where American aid has been diverted to corrupt governments), there still remains a life support and the belief that children lives should not be at risk.  This could be the harsh reality, if we don’t act to stop devastating budget cuts to life-saving programs.

Did you know that the U.S. faces the “fiscal cliff” on January 2, 2013 due to sequestration, the expiration of the 2001/03 tax cuts, and the expiration of other large programs?

For the International Affairs account, OMB estimates an 8.2 percent budget cut, which totals about $4.7 billion in FY2013.  The estimated $4.7 billion cut to the International Affairs account would include fewer vaccines, an increase in AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria deaths, and 1 million more families may lack food security.