Tell Congress you don’t agree with the Administration’s proposal to cut the very budget which has helped to bolster Haiti’s food security and disaster preparedness in recent years.
Background: Haiti needs continued international support and technical assistance in order to bolster food production and prepare for increasingly destructive hurricanes.Six months after Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti, 1.5 million Haitians remain food insecure and 280,000 chronically hungry.
The deluge followed three years of severe drought which debilitated Haiti’s food production capacity. Two-thirds of resident farmers in drought affected areas suffered losses to their crops, seeds and cattle.
The Administration is proposing cuts to programs that have helped to bolster Haiti’s food security and disaster preparedness in recent years. The United States has made large investments in Haiti to work at immediate relief and long-term development goals. Cutting the funding now will jeopardize that investment and leave many vulnerable people in more precarious positions.
Faith Reflection: “God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.” -Matthew 5:6 NLT
Action: Contact your Members of Congress and urge them take action to prevent further hunger and food insecurity in Haiti.
Alert prepared by Charissa Zehr, Legislative Associate for International Affairs, April 25, 2017. Adapted from text prepared by the Haiti Advocacy Working Group, of which the MCC U.S. Washington Office is a member.