Orchard Grove's heart is helping people find and follow Christ. By Doing Good in our world, we begin to follow Christ at the deepest level and actually continue to find Christ in new and amazing ways. This brings the mission of Christ full-circle—Doing Good is the embodiment of living out the love of God for others.
Every day, 16 000 children under age 5 die and close to 800 mothers die during pregnancy or childbirth. All of them from preventable diseases or complications. That means by the end of 2016, 5.8 million children will die before their 5th birthday—1 million of them on their first day of life—and almost 300 000 mothers from illnesses that can be fought with proper sanitation and nutrition, safe water, vitamin supplements and easy access to prenatal care and education.
Last summer a bipartisan team of senators and representatives introduced The Reach Every Mother and Child Act, to the US congress, with the goal of reducing such tragedies and ending preventable maternal and child deaths by 2035. We can make a difference and help end preventable child and maternal deaths by letting our representatives in Congress know you support the Reach Act.
Panna Aktar with her daughter, Sriti, in Bangladesh. Panna has given birth four times, but two of her children died shortly after their birth. Panna says: "Giving birth to Sriti was much better. I had complications but I could go to the local health center and get help. I hope that health services continue to improve because it is very good for poor people like us.”
Fatmara, 21, lost a baby a few years ago after giving birth in her home in Sierra Leone. She recently gave birth to a healthy baby with the help of a trained birth attendant at a clinic that opened in Susan’s Bay slum in April 2012 with U.S. government funding.
You can show your support by emailing or calling your representative or senator:
An allocation of aid given by the United States to other countries to support global peace, security, and development efforts, and provide humanitarian relief during times of crisis
Why is it important?
Apart from being a moral obligation, the FAB is a necessary strategic and economic tactic in maintaining US national security.
How much of our budget goes towards foreign assistance?
The FAB makes up less than 1% of the Federal Budget
Why are we advocating for it?
The proposed federal budget for FY18 (October 2017-September 2018) cuts the overseas development assistance portion of the FAB by 1/3. The overseas development assistance includes programs that:
These U.S. foreign assistance programs promote stability, provide communities with opportunities for livelihood to build self-reliance and reduce the need for U.S. assistance. They also bolster strategic partners and alliances, help combat extremism and instability, and improve governance.
They respond to global challenges that often have greater consequences if we fail to act
The leadership of the United States government has long been bipartisan on this issue, and it is critical that it continue through strong funding for the Foreign Assistance Budget.
Show your support by contacting Congress!