International aid has played an important role in addressing poverty and significant progress has been made. Globally, extreme poverty has been cut in half since 1990. In the past 25 years, the number of hungry people globally has decreased by almost 100 million. Maternal deaths have declined by 45 per cent worldwide.
Yet more needs to be done. One in ten people are still undernourished. Eight hundred women still die every day from pregnancy and childbirth complications. Many continue to struggle with extreme poverty.
While aid is not the only tool necessary to end global poverty, it is a central piece to achieve poverty reduction. Canadian aid provides immediate assistance in times of crises and invests in opportunities for people living in poverty to improve their livelihoods and realize their human rights.
In the past, Canada has been a leader in responding to the needs of people in the developing world. However, Canada’s aid as a percentage of its national income has been slowly declining. The decline comes despite massive continuing need in the world.
Through the newly launched I Care campaign, Canadians are encouraged to sign a postcard addressed to the prime minister, letting him know that they care about Canada’s role in ending global hunger and poverty, and they support Canada contributing generously toward these goals.
To order postcards, contact Anna Muir by e-mail (amuir [at] presbyterian [dot] ca) or phone (1-800-619-7301 or 416-441-1111 x293).
Have you sent postcards? Please let us know by filling out the form!