Christian ministries in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are scrambling to come up with funds as a result of the U.S. drastically cutting aid to the three nations. Christianity Today is reporting.
Some of the $500 million in taxpayers’ money had been going to help Christian nonprofits focusing on economic development, anti-corruption and poverty-stricken children in the three nations, according to Christianity Today.
The cutbacks come as the government cut aid in response to the large number of refugees who have fled to seek asylum in the U.S.
U.S. foreign aid flows into these counties through various channels and some of it ends up funding the Christian relief organizations. Christianity Today noted many of these groups are trying to address the conditions that forced people to seek asylum in the U.S.
“The Trump administration shot itself in the foot with these cuts,” said Chet Thomas, director of Proyecto Aldea Global in Honduras.
The group has now stopped a job training program that gave teenagers alternatives to working for criminal gangs.
“These projects are designed to … reduce the number of people migrating to the U.S.,” Thomas said.
Christianity Today reported that another of the organizations losing money is the Association for a More Just Society. The group lost $2 million in aid for this year and it was forced to lay off 42 of the 130 workers it had in Honduras.
The group worked with the Honduran government in an effort to reform that nation’s criminal justice system.
“Trust is lost when people feel abandoned, said Jill Stoltzfus, executive director of AJS.
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