A drop in the bucket

ONE is a grassroots advocacy and campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, by raising public awareness and pressuring political leaders to support smart and effective policies and programs that are saving lives, helping to put kids in school and improving futures. Cofounded by Bono and other campaigners, ONE is nonpartisan and works closely with African activists and policy makers.

I received the following email from a member of ONE concerned that there will be cuts to programs which provide aid to millions of people living in poverty.  I encourage you to read it.

As a Canadian I’m proud that our foreign aid achieves amazing results, saving lives and helping millions of people to lift themselves out of poverty.

Last year alone we provided food aid to 105 million people, and put 21 million children in school feeding programs. We trained over 20,000 health care workers in developing countries. In Bangladesh, Canadian assistance provided polio vaccinations to 69,000 infants. And in Senegal, Canadian support trained over 8,000 teachers.

But this amazing work is now at risk with discussions taking place to cut these life saving programs.

Please join me and sign ONE’s petition:

The petition reads:Dear Prime Minister Harper,
As you make what are difficult choices for the 2012-2013 federal budget, please protect critical international development funding that saves lives and helps the world’s poor pull themselves out of poverty.

Foreign aid is a drop in the bucket in terms of the overall federal budget, less than 2%. But its impact in the world is huge.

Please add your name today and join the more than 8000 other Canadian ONE members who have already taken action:

Thanks for all you do,
Robyn J. Mitchell, ONE.org

Join ONE in its fight to stop cuts to Canadian foreign aid.  Sign the petition.   Spread the word.  Take action! 


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