THE SANTA FE WORLD AFFAIRS FORUM
invites you to a luncheon discussion on
U.S. Foreign Aid and Child Survival: Ten Reasons Why Americans Are Ignoring The Greatest Health Story in History
Head of Advocates for Development Assistance
Friday, November 15, 2013, 12 noon to 2 pm
The number of children under five years of age dying from preventable diseases like pneumonia, measles, diarrhea and AIDs has been cut in half. This means that six million fewer children will die from preventable diseases this year than in 1990, an unprecedented decline. Even so, some 18,000 children will die unnecessarily today. The global effort to save children’s lives has been collaborative, but success on this scale would not have been possible without U.S. foreign aid, which consumes a mere 1% of the federal budget. Nevertheless, according to poll after poll, Americans see foreign aid as the item deserving a slash at budget time.. Since 2010 Congress has cut the International Affairs allotment by 20%, and many legislators seek even deeper cuts to make room for increased defense spending. The sad thing is that most American voters know very little about how effectively their dollars have been applied to protecting children’s lives. This talk will focus on 10 reasons why so many Americans have missed the story. More importantly, it will show what the US, at no exorbitant cost, could accomplish in coming years.
David Douglas heads Advocates for Development Assistance, a non-profit project of the New Venture Fund, that focuses on the results of poverty-focused U.S. foreign aid. He founded Water Advocates, the nation’s first advocacy organization devoted to increasing Congressional and private-citizen funding for clean drinking water and basic sanitation internationally. He has headed f or 25 years the all-volunteer Santa Fe-based nonprofit, Waterlines, which has provided technical aid and funding for drinking water projects in 700 rural communities in developing countries. He is the author of Wilderness Sojourn: Notes in the Desert Silence and with his wife, Deborah, of Pilgrims in the Kingdom: Travels in Christian Britain.
Lunch is from 12:00 noon to 2 pm at St. John’s College’s Junior Commons Room, 2nd floor, Peterson Student Center. Cost for the lunch session is $22 per member or $27 per non-member. Please RSVP by Tuesday, November 12, 2013.
To reserve a place please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Symposium fees may be paid with your credit card using our Paypal account. You may access Paypal directly by clicking on this link or you may send your check to The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum, PO Box 31965, Santa Fe. NM, 87594, with your name and contact information, if you are not a member. Checks should be made out to The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum. Please note on your check or if paying by Paypal please send us an e-mail to indicate that your payment is for the November 15 program. Your payment guarantees you a place, but it is non-refundable after Tuesday, November 12 if you are unable to attend. We strongly prefer that payment be made either via Paypal or mailed check postmarked by Tuesday, November 12 to avoid having to handle money at the program.
A few handicapped parking spaces are located at the Visitor’s Circle right in front of the fishpond area and below the Peterson Student Center. A few more are located behind the Peterson Center as follows. Just before the Visitor’s Circle, look for the fork in the road where you would normally drive to the left to get to the Visitors’ Parking Circle just below the Peterson Center. Instead, turn right and follow the drive up to the other parking area. There are two or three handicapped parking spaces on the left. Please note that this parking lot is not open to the public, but handicapped folks are allowed to park in the designated spaces.
Directions to St. John’s College (from Old Pecos Trail)
Turn right at Armenta (at stoplight).
Turn left at Camino Corrales.
Turn right at Old Santa Fe Trail.
After approximately a mile, turn left at Camino del Monte Sol.
Turn right on Camino Cruz Blanca.
St. John’s College is on the right after the tennis courts.
Please park in the visitor parking lot. It’s on your left as you enter the campus (A on the St. John’s College map). There will be signs to help direct you to the correct location. The Peterson Student Center is #1 on the campus map.