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Advocacy Update: Helping Moms and Babies

Photo: ©2015 World Vision/Charles Andrew Kabena

Photo: ©2015 World Vision/Charles Andrew Kabena

One step closer to helping moms and babies

After much waiting, earlier this month the Reach Every Mother and Child Act of 2015 was introduced in the House of Representatives! If passed, this legislation will help scale up evidence-based and cost-effective solutions, while requiring a coordinated U.S. government strategy to save the lives of vulnerable mothers and children.

Currently the Reach Every Mother and Child Act of 2015 (S.1911, H.R. 3706) has five cosponsors in the Senate and 14 cosponsors in the House. The biggest risk with a bill like this is that it becomes lost amongst the shuffle in Washington, D.C. – the bill does not get cosponsors, it does not get brought for a vote, and at the end of the legislative session, the process has to begin again. This subject is not flashy, but as Women of Vision, you know that helping mothers and children is a critical step in ending the cycle of poverty.

Thank you to all of you who have called and emailed about this bill. Definitely keep those coming! In addition, we would like to ask you to go one step further and consider writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Letters to the editor can be critical to draw attention to an issue and have even caught the attention of members of Congress in the past.

We have put together a template to get you started, including contact information for your local newspapers and an easy way to submit your piece. Make the piece personal, connect it to the area where you live, how can you make it personal? Maybe as you are thinking about the holidays and what you will do with your children, or maybe what gifts Santa will bring, there are mothers around the world wondering about what they will feed their children.

Start your letter to the editor here.

See what Women of Vision Austin did with an op-ed piece earlier in the year.

 

Syria

The World Vision Advocacy team wants to offer a sincere thanks to everything you have done, speaking out for Syria. This situation is constantly changing. World Vision’s Mark Smith testified in front of Congress earlier this month, sharing why the situation is critical. Every child under age 8 in Syria knows only a life impacted by war.

“This crisis is shaping an entire generation of children—the threat of aerial attacks on their schools, markets, and hospitals shapes them; the loss of their fathers, mothers, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends shapes them; the threat of displacement from their homes shapes them; the reality of not having enough food for their families shapes them; and the reality of not having warm clothing and blankets to get them through the harsh winter months shapes them. Syria’s children are not being allowed to be what they are: children. They have been haunted by the brutal violence and the devastating consequences of this war.”

There is currently a United Nations resolution that would help protect civilians in Syria. Ask the U.S. to publically support this resolution.

The New Budget

You may have heard in the news this week that Congress has proposed a new budget agreement and is currently voting on it. Our government relations team is reviewing the budget and following the vote and will be providing updates on the issues affected, including funding to fight child labor, for refugee and disaster assistance, and more. To stay updated, be sure to follow Beyond 5.

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