Are You Smarter Than a Fourth Grader on Foreign Aid?
How many of these facts about foreign aid do you know?
- Just 1 percent of our national budget goes to development assistance that's focused on alleviating poverty.
- 95 percent of the world’s customers live outside of the United States.
- U.S. exports counted for a big part of our economic growth last year, and half of our exports went to developing countries.
- Every 10 percent increase in exports equals a 7 percent increase in jobs in the United States.
Psalm 8:2 reads, “out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength,” and that is indeed the case with this fantastic video (above) created by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. It’s refreshing to see kids say some plain simple facts about the effects of foreign aid. It takes a lot to capture people's attention, especially in our new media world with Twitter and Facebook constantly shouting facts at you, and a 24-hour news cycle of endless stories, opinions, and punditry. So it was the simplicity of this video that really made me take a second look.
True, the children are probably scripted, but I appreciate this easy introduction to the important issues of foreign aid. Watch the video above, and read more about foreign aid and what poverty-focused development assistance can do for our country and the global community.
Posted by Jeannie Choi on September 22, 2011 in Film, Foreign Aid, Global Hunger, Hunger and the U.S. Budget, Hunger in the News, Maternal and Child Nutrition, Millennium Development Goals, Multimedia / Comments (2) / TrackBack (0)
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