Support the Water for the World Act
As Americans, we take for granted that every house has a faucet with safe water and a toilet that keeps our personal waste from human contact.
Yet an estimated 768 million people around the world rely on unsafe water sources, and 2.5 billion people live without proper sanitation. This is a big deal for kids: diarrheal diseases and respiratory infections (pneumonia) are the two top child killers, and kids who lack access to drinkable water and proper sanitation are at much greater risk of dying.
Clean water and good sanitation do more than just save lives, they help children succeed. When children no longer struggle with stomach problems, they can go to school and get an education. When parents don’t have to care for sick children, they can tend to their fields and earn an income. Girls can attend school instead of spending hours every day fetching water from distant sources. Schools with good, clean latrines help keep children, especially girls, in school.
Americans like you who Believe in ZERO help bring safe water and better hygiene to children every day by supporting UNICEF. But UNICEF also needs donor governments, including the U.S. Government, to help out. That is the purpose of the bipartisan Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act (H.R. 2901). Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Ted Poe (R-TX) want to strengthen America’s ability to help improve access to clean water and sanitation for the most vulnerable people in the world. They build on the landmark Water for the Poor Act of 2005, which at long last made safe drinking water and sanitation a priority of U.S. foreign development assistance, helping children around the world survive and thrive.
Water for the World applies lessons we’ve learned -- to improve targeting, focus, sustainability and transparency; and to ensure that our government makes coordinated, evidence-based decisions quickly, so we are getting the most out of taxpayer dollars. It’s important to note that the Water for the World Act does not propose new and costly water programs; it proposes to use current funds more effectively.
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Please contact your legislators and ask them to cosponsor and support these important pieces of legislation for quick passage!