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Sponsored by: U.S. Fund for UNICEF

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, through your support for UNICEF, help bring safe water and better hygiene to children every day. But UNICEF 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.

Please contact your legislators and ask them to cosponsor and support this important piece of legislation!

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Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to urge you to cosponsor H.R. 2901, the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act, sponsored by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX).

As Americans, most of us take clean water and basic sanitary facilities for granted. Yet an estimated 768 million people do not have access to safe water, and 2.5 billion people live without proper sanitation. Diarrhea and disease caused by lack of safe water and poor sanitation kill thousands of children a day worldwide.

Having clean water and good sanitation does more than save lives, it builds futures. When children no longer struggle with recurring illness, they can go to school and get an education. Girls, especially, often miss out on school because they spend hours every day collecting water from distant sources. When schools lack appropriate sanitation facilities, girls are more likely to drop out. UNICEF reports that over half of the world's schools lack safe water and sanitation.

I believe that ZERO children should die or miss school due to unclean water or poor sanitation. H.R. 2901 reinforces U.S. investment in water and sanitation worldwide. It does not propose a new and expensive program; it would help make current programs more efficient, better targeted and more transparent. Please help save the lives of children around the world by cosponsoring the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act. I look forward to your response. Thank you for your consideration.


Petition Signatures

Sep 17, 2014 Rachel Oehler
Sep 17, 2014 Shawn Rose
Sep 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 16, 2014 Carol Faucett
Sep 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 16, 2014 Allison McBride
Sep 16, 2014 norma crichton water supplies to all will help save the water resources of river and dams as all the water suppli es are presently contaminated
Sep 16, 2014 Barbara Adair
Sep 16, 2014 Christian stevens
Sep 16, 2014 Jane Tavener
Sep 16, 2014 wendie jara
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Sep 15, 2014 Gail Runnels
Sep 15, 2014 Keary Missler
Sep 15, 2014 Joanna Roulette
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Sep 15, 2014 sonja hahn
Sep 15, 2014 carrie raber
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Sep 14, 2014 Donna Barnes
Sep 14, 2014 Linda Terburg
Sep 14, 2014 Leisa Puri
Sep 14, 2014 Palma Fiorini
Sep 14, 2014 Carolyn Heppner
Sep 14, 2014 Maya Tsironi
Sep 14, 2014 Judy Dehr
Sep 14, 2014 Laura Dixon PLEASE do not keep tribal peoples from their own water!!! Humankind will perish if we don't all join together and save everyone!!!!!
Sep 14, 2014 Stefani Vancs
Sep 14, 2014 Pam Selthun
Sep 14, 2014 Eva Podoaba
Sep 14, 2014 Lindsey Granger
Sep 14, 2014 Susan Connolly
Sep 13, 2014 Dee Clifton
Sep 13, 2014 Cheryll Monday
Sep 13, 2014 Bernadette j Krol
Sep 13, 2014 Susan Oyer Great bipartisan job helping others. I hope this inspires others to make a difference and show how good Americans are....not just at making $$$ and being the world's police, but by showing how much we all want to make a difference on the planet.
Sep 13, 2014 Laurene Smith
Sep 13, 2014 Daphne Pleasonton
Sep 13, 2014 Aaron Schultz Water is one the most important resourse on the planet. We take it for granted.
Sep 13, 2014 Fleur Hanlon
Sep 13, 2014 Joey Stevenson
Sep 13, 2014 Sue Ferro
Sep 13, 2014 Regina-Wink Swinford Every person has a right to clean water and decent sanitation. Every person. This is a foundation upon which so much good can be accomplished. Please support it.
Sep 13, 2014 Haley Mary These children deserve to have clean water and proper sanitation. It's a disgrace that those countries that are better off don't do more to help those in need.
Sep 13, 2014 Krisztina Dragoman
Sep 13, 2014 Trudy Kalucea
Sep 13, 2014 Deborah Cox
Sep 13, 2014 Jennifer McPherson
Sep 13, 2014 Anna Badillo
Sep 13, 2014 Eva Winters

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