Letter: Aid for the moms and children of the world

Sunday, May 13, 2018

When I think of Mother’s Day, I think of spending a day with my mom at the beach, or chatting over cocktails at Cheers, or struggling to keep up with her on a hike. I think of her excitement when she receives her gift, whether it’s golf apparel, home décor, or something unique, like a painted birdhouse. Mother’s Day is a great time to spend with Mom. It’s also a great time to think about the positive impact we can have on mothers and children globally.

The United States has been a global leader in helping to save the lives of mothers and children by providing critical humanitarian assistance.

Since 1990, American foreign aid has helped reduce poverty, respond to crises and reduce deaths of children worldwide by half. This is fantastic progress, but our work cannot stop because every day, more than 15,000 children still die from treatable illnesses including diarrhea and malnutrition.

As conflicts spread around the world, women and children are suffering as they flee the violence. One in six children worldwide lives in a conflict-affected region and lacks access to school and health facilities – facilities that would help affected communities become more self-sufficient and self-actualized. With budget cuts, global humanitarian needs will likely increase even more this year.

This Mother’s Day, I encourage Sen. Jeanne Shaheen to preserve America’s legacy of helping mothers and children by continuing to reject cuts to international aid funding. Investing in families today helps create a better tomorrow.