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FOREIGN AID: Support Fast Track Initiative

Letter by Donna Schindler Munro, Bremerton on Sep. 6, 2011 at 1:56 pm with 14 Comments »
September 6, 2011 1:56 pm

Millions of kids are getting ready to go, or already are, back in school. But not in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia or the Middle East.

Around the world, nearly 70 million elementary school-aged kids (especially girls) don’t go to school at all. Millions more kids receive a poor-quality education and will not be able to read, write or count.

Slashing global poverty-focused aid programs won’t make a dent in our national debt and will undermine long-term international security and economy stability.

Most Americans think the U.S. spends 25 percent of its national budget on global development aid, but it’s actually less than one percent. Less than one percent! One percent of the U.S. national budget goes to global health, education and other programs that save lives, reduce poverty, build stable nations and healthy economies. These programs support countries so they can buy our products, help grow our economy and be our allies.

The bipartisan Education for All Act of 2011 has recently been introduced into Congress. It calls on the U.S. to support a multilateral education initiative, like the Fast Track Initiative. The FTI is evidenced-based and has been cited by the Global-8 as a model of aid effectiveness. We need to support it.

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  1. Omega6234 says:

    until all our problems are solved here, i dont want to hear about spending more elsewhere. just plain stupid.

  2. itwasntmethistime says:

    I would challenge the notion that people in poverty-stricken countries buy American products. We are the richest country in the world and WE don’t buy our own products.

    Besides, when we provide aid to feed starving children they simply increase their population so that our aid is stretched too thin to be of any help. How is 200 million hungry children better than 100 million hungry children?

  3. Soundlife says:

    The children in sub-saharan Africa live in dictatorships and failed countries such as somalia and the Sudan.
    How are you proposing to get help to them through the dictators?
    They need food much more than classrooms.
    Your cry is another ridiculous rant

  4. jjohnson67 says:

    When all AMERICAN children go to school in a functional classroom with up-to-date school books, and when all the people who are hungry have 3 square meals a day, and when everybody who wants to live in a house can, and when we’ve improved our crumbling infrastructure and thus created thousands of jobs, maybe, just maybe, we could give to other countries.

    Oh wait – we already do that, and none of the above have been accomplished.

    It’s time for the good ol’ USofA to begin to look out for ourselves first, just for a little while until we get through this crisis. If you would like to send your own $ to Africa, go right ahead. I’ll keep mine here and help our own.

  5. harleyrider1 says:

    Donna-many-names – Focus on the people of America first. The big bags of money and feel-good-initiatives-spend-spend-spend days are gone.

    Stats in this country (signs on South Tacoma) say 1 in 5 of our children go hungry every day. We have children that cannot read or write or do math.

    Turn the focus back on America. We need to feed and educate our own.

  6. SandHills says:

    Sorry Donna, but cuts have to be made EVERYWHERE. Why should we raise our debt level one cent more in order to maintain a foreign aid program that has probably put more money in corrupted foreign government officials hands than anything else.

  7. itwasntmethistime says:

    harley — There is no reason a child in the US should go hungry. There are multitudes of food programs to feed hungry people. Food stamps, WIC, food banks, free breakfast and lunch at school, etc. If a kid in the US is not getting enough to eat it is because his/her parent is either spending the benefits on non-food items or not applying for the benefits because they are avoiding the law.

  8. crusader says:

    This expansion of spending has no chance. Nada. ZIp. Zero.

    Hello Donna we are in debt beyond ability to re-pay. It’s time to put the checkbook away and burn the credit cards.

  9. shatolson says:

    In economic times like these I hate to admit that a little isolationism is probably the best road taken. I too would rather see money (my tax money) spent here at home building our own infrastructure, education our own kids and manufacturing our own goods. It is time we took care of ourselves and let others do the same. Ouch!

  10. Let’s start nation building with Detroit. Then Cleveland, South Central L.A . PhIlly, South Chicago. When they finally enter the 21st century, then maybe we can worry about a country that has always been and will always be hundreds of years behind the rest of the world.

  11. KARDNOS says:

    Donna, we do have a domestic challenge to address first…..but I’m also not convinced that many of these players really want to spend money domestically either.

  12. itwasntmethistime says:

    KARD — It’s not that people don’t want to spend money domestically, it’s that we can’t agree on what to spend the money on. One person’s need is another’s luxury.

    I’m on the simple side so I’d like to see $100,000 build as many miles of plain but functional sidewalk as possible, whereas our current leaders seem to be of the mindset to spend that $100,000 on just one roundabout with indigenous plants and a copper statue commemorating some long-dead local. Then they put their hands out for more money for sidewalks. Kids need playgrounds, but nobody is happy with a $5000 climbing toy and some swings . It has to be a $150,000 state-of-the-art structure.

  13. Charity begins at home.

    So let the Federal Government focus on this county and reducing our overseas footprint.

    Charities and NGO’s can focus on foreign aid and development.

  14. sincere says:

    From what I read,most of the money and goods sent to needy countries,wind up in the pockets of that countries leaders.If the people of America feel that isn,t enough,maybe they could write a check to that countrys leaders.That to me is putting your money where your mouth is .

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