USAID Exploiting Children

For the past several years, USAID has awarded multi-million dollar grants to promote homosexuality and promiscuity to teens throughout Central and South America, and Africa.



In USAID-funded programs throughout Central America, children and teens are targeted with pamphlets and advertisements of colored and flavored condoms which depict the faces of young boys and children as young as seven years of age. (1)

USAID-funded condom billboards appear in newspapers and on billboards overseas, in violation of local laws which require information about risks. In family planning clinics throughout Central America and Africa, IUDs and Depo-Provera are promoted to teens and women without adequate information about risks, in violation of informed consent provisions of U.S. law. In Honduras, IUDs are provided to anemic women without informed consent, and massive sterilization programs are promoted in government hospitals.

In Honduras, a USAID manual titled Speaking About Sexuality with Young People, is aimed at getting “boys and girls” to “acknowledge the existence of homosexuality in the population.” (2) According to this USAID manual, promoted in schools throughout Honduras, “Homosexuality fulfills an important role in the sexual socialization of youngsters. . Youngsters today have to recognize the existence of male and female homosexuality.”

In a section of the manual titled “Talking about sexuality with youngsters,” teachers are encouraged to ask 10 year old children: “If you have never had sex with a person of the same sex, how do you know if you would prefer it?” Homosexuals such as Oscar Wilde are promoted as heroes, and photos of transvestites are provided to children.

The manual is part of USAID's AIDSCAP program, implemented in over 30 developing countries by highly-funded population control groups including Family Health International (FHI).

FHI is one of USAID's oldest and most highly-funded population control NGOs. According to USAID, FHI “improves reproductive health. among people

10 to 24 years old.” (3)

FHI also promotes programs designed to provide lubricants for men who have sex with other men. (4)

Most people would agree that promoting homosexuality and distributing graphic sexual material to children as young as ten years old is wrong.

Most taxpayers would be alarmed to know that U.S. funds are paying for these programs. But FHI has been aggressively promoting sexual material, including material on homosexuality, to children for years.

In 2001, FHI received $85 million from USAID to promote sex education to children and teens. (5) FHI's program, titled YouthNet, provides IUDs, contraceptive pills and Depo-Provera to children as young as ten years old in developing nations. Post-abortion care (a euphemism for manual vacuum abortion) is also available to children.

USAID's YouthNet program is designed to destroy genuine faith-based abstinence initiatives, and integrate programs for teens and children into already-existing adult HIV/AIDS/Sexual and Reproductive Health programs throughout the world. Where genuine faith-based groups strive to promote abstinence to teens, FHI seeks to “go beyond traditional children's religious education to address sexual behaviors explicitly.” (6) FHI attacks genuine faith-based abstinence programs for teens run by the Catholic and other Christian churches in Africa, and seeks to infiltrate and re-define them, compliments of USAID and the American taxpayer. FHI seeks to include into genuine faith-based teen abstinence programs “issues of gender empowerment and human sexuality,” and also seeks to circumvent parents with teen-only “anti-AIDS clubs,” “camps,” “videos, and theatre and music groups.” According to FHI, “These kinds of programs can deal with the subject in a relaxed manner without stigma and provide an opportunity for children and young people to express themselves in their own way. Here too is a chance for adolescents and young adults to address HIV/AIDS issues with other young people, without the constraints that an adult facilitator would impose.” (7)

Today, FHI is sniffing at the federal trough for untold millions more to undermine abstinence and religion with HIV/AIDS/reproductive health programs to children. FHI's AIDSCAP program would literally flood the developing world with condoms and sexually explicit material to exploit children.

Enough is enough. The time has come for the Bush administration to reign in USAID's dangerous agenda.

Endnotes

1. 'Y, Como No se Pasa,” Fundacion Fomento en Salud, Honduras. This USAID-funded pamphlet promotes colored and flavored condoms with the faces of young boys.

2. “Speaking About Sexuality with Young People,” USAID Honduras, Pp.

68-69.

3. “HIV/AIDS Partnerships,” USAID, Global Health Bureau.

4. “HIV/AIDS Interventions With Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM),” Family Health International, 2003.

5. “USAID Award to FHI Promotes Youth Reproductive Health,” Family Health International, 2 October 2001.

6. “Faith-based Programs for Youth,” Family Health International, 2003.

7. “Strengthening the Church's Response to HIV Prevention for Youth in Namibia: Strategic Issues for Consideration,” Family Health International,

2003.

Steve Mosher is the president of Population Research Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to debunking the myth that the world is overpopulated.

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Steven W. Mosher is the President of Population Research Institute and an internationally recognized authority on China and population issues, as well as an acclaimed author, speaker. He has worked tirelessly since 1979 to fight coercive population control programs and has helped hundreds of thousands of women and families worldwide over the years.

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