My One Cent - Why we CARE about foreign assistance

My One Cent - Why we CARE about foreign assistance

7/25/17

My One Cent is a new series that highlights the people who make CARE’s work possible. We want to know why people care about foreign assistance, why they share their time and talents with CARE and what leadership really looks like. Not surprisingly, people were eager to share their two cents, but since foreign assistance adds up to only one penny on the federal dollar, and we didn't want to be greedy, we're asking our supporters and advocates simply share ONE cent. Listen to their voices and find out why so many people CARE, and join us too (if you haven’t already)!

CARE and CARE Action are only able to achieve their missions because of the hundreds of thousands of passionate, idealistic yet practical people who care about the world we live in. That includes CARE’s citizen advocates, public and private-sector partners, and U.S.-based and in-country staff who work across the country and around the world in partnership with the women, men and children we serve. Our incredible supporters, advocates and partners come from all over the world and every walk of life; every religion, culture, political party, race and background.  Each one is committed to doing their part, adding their contributions and advocating for the rights, security and well-being of people all over the world.

But we know it’s not always easy to give your time and passion to us. Why would anyone care about foreign assistance and global poverty when there are so many other compelling issues to worry about right here, right now?  Why would anyone feel kinship with communities around the world that they may never have the chance to visit? We think these are very good questions, so we decided to ask CARE advocates, partners and allies, “Why do you CARE?”

Their answers were unique and intimate and revealed their individual motivations, their common concerns about global security, prosperity and health and their shared aspirations that, by working hard and working together, we will move the needle on progress and change the world for good.

When it comes right down to it, the people who make CARE’s work a possibility do their part because they believe, deep down in their hearts, that American greatness is built on compassion, empathy, generosity and innovation.  It’s our leadership during times of crisis and humanitarian need that makes America a truly great nation.  It’s in our history and DNA as a nation to step up and do all that we can for those most in need. In fact, we’ve been providing humanitarian assistance as a highly effective part of American foreign affairs and diplomacy efforts for decades. 

Today, and in the weeks to come, we're sharing the stories of those who advocate to keep this important, lifesaving work going.  Read, listen and share their stories, and then, chime in with your own “one cent.”  We need your voice, and your continued passion and commitment now, more than ever.

Read our first post by Anissa Rasheta, a CARE advocate from Arizona, a student, mother and one of CARE Action’s 2016 fellows who participated in an intensive year-long training and advocacy program that included a learning tour to Benin.

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