Snapshots from Claire’s travels in Canada last week, via Instagram.
Last week, I met up with some of our fantastic ONE members in Vancouver, BC who got together for two very important reasons – to find out more about ONE’s new campaigns in Canada, and to make their voices heard in support of critical life-saving programs for the world’s poorest.
If you’ve been following our blog lately, you’ll have seen that ONE members recently helped convince Congress in the United States to secure funding for programs like GAVI, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (which has so far saved an incredible 5.5 million children’s lives) and The Global Fund, which helps fund treatment for HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria.
Now it’s over to Canada, and we need to make our voices heard and call on Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty to do the same.
Many ONE members were amazed to hear that the amount Canada spends on aid is less than 2 percent of the federal budget. Couple that with two incredible facts – that extreme poverty has been halved in the last 20 years, and that we truly could virtually eliminate extreme poverty by 2030 – the scale of the opportunity, and of the risk, becomes clear.
To turn back now would be to unravel this fantastic progress, the progress that has been changing lives and stabilizing communities.
With $370 million less in Canada’s aid budget than last year (including the countless opportunities lost in $290 million of unspent money returned to the Treasury) people in the poorest of countries shouldn’t be faced with the burden of further cuts. So all we’re asking the government to do, is keep funding where it is right now. Not to increase. Not to decrease. Just to continue helping hard working parents provide for their families, in turn providing them with the stability they need to lift themselves out of poverty.
So will you join our ONE members in Vancouver and throughout Canada in making your voice heard today? Just click here to sign our petition – it’ll just take a second, and could help make a massive difference.
PS. We’ll be doing even more throughout Canada in 2014, so keep an eye out for events near you!