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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

Oct 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 30, 2014 melissa eliot
Oct 30, 2014 Frances Sharpe
Oct 30, 2014 Kathy Cook
Oct 30, 2014 (Name not displayed) safe drinking water is essential . it is a basic commodity which should be available to everyone. it is disgraceful that there are still so many who do not have access to it. world leaders could have tackled this decades ago. why the ongoing delay!!!
Oct 30, 2014 loree mezzanatto
Oct 30, 2014 Lynda Holt
Oct 30, 2014 Rayleen Nunez
Oct 30, 2014 mariano vasta This is a fundamental priority along with World Starvation and Uncontrolled Diseases ! Humanitarian Work should be a World Priority ! The United Nations should set the Example ! Let's do our part in the U.S. ! Agreed ?
Oct 30, 2014 Patricia Mehrtens
Oct 30, 2014 Kathy Lawson
Oct 30, 2014 heidi rodriguez
Oct 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 29, 2014 Rungruedee Nualchawee
Oct 29, 2014 Roberta Richardson
Oct 29, 2014 Lauren Van Gundy
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Oct 27, 2014 eleyna brown
Oct 27, 2014 Deborah Hedstrom
Oct 27, 2014 Emily Brown
Oct 27, 2014 Dawn Gingras
Oct 27, 2014 Francesca Asbury-Semmens
Oct 27, 2014 Cathy Wriedt
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Oct 26, 2014 Ricardo López González
Oct 26, 2014 Laura Seisay
Oct 26, 2014 Stephanie Concidine
Oct 26, 2014 audrey olney
Oct 26, 2014 Debbie Tetu
Oct 26, 2014 Jacqueline Pereira
Oct 26, 2014 Marion Barbour
Oct 26, 2014 Margaret McGivern
Oct 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 26, 2014 Rhona Prowse
Oct 26, 2014 bianca Leonard
Oct 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 26, 2014 Susanna Pohto
Oct 26, 2014 Dianne Reed How would YOU live without water?
Oct 26, 2014 Jan Sprotte
Oct 25, 2014 jessica roy
Oct 25, 2014 laurie hayko
Oct 25, 2014 Pamela Buckardt
Oct 25, 2014 Sylvia Mitchell
Oct 25, 2014 Carla Quinn
Oct 25, 2014 Barbara Fulmer Everyone and everything deserves clean water, this is do able, so let's get it done!
Oct 25, 2014 Jess Bell
Oct 25, 2014 Nancy Dn
Oct 25, 2014 Colleen Koehler
Oct 25, 2014 Christine Obrien

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