Increase funding for international relief – Oak Park

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Along with other Illinois members of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), I urge Senators Durbin and Duckworth to agree to increase international funding in the next fiscal year 2022.

International aid represents barely 0.5% of the federal budget, and we urge Congress to fund international development and humanitarian programs aimed at reducing poverty in order to alleviate suffering and invest in peace. This assistance will help support maternal and child health and, overall, will complement efforts to reduce poverty, hunger and prevent the spread of COVID. While these issues may seem far from home, we have a moral obligation as global citizens to push for equity both in our local communities and in our greater common home.

As the daughter of immigrants, whose extended family was affected by the lack of sufficient resources, infrastructure and security, it became easier to recognize the importance of using her power and privileges intentionally. and responsible. Working at the Dominican University Ministry has also given me the opportunity to meet and hear from people from all walks of life, including some who have been displaced by the very issues we hope to address with our Senators. While the real dismantling of these problems will require policy change and the reform of systems seemingly beyond our control, increased funding will be a small but necessary step to improve the lives of those in need. Aid is not the end of inequality, but it is a starting point.

Particularly after the year we have all known, it has become increasingly evident that vulnerable communities around the world have been hit the hardest by the impact of COVID-19. As we all work together for a cure, it is of crucial importance to support the health and stability of people in developing countries by providing them with adequate nutrition, vaccines and preventing disease.

CRS members across the country are currently planning virtual tours with their local officials, senators and other government leaders to advance this initiative and advocate for international aid. Strong funding for international aid will demonstrate its commitment to justice, equity, concern for creation, and re-establish the United States as an influential world leader.

Nathalie Prato

Forest River

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