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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

Dec 21, 2014 Briah Jardin
Dec 21, 2014 Kathleen Nielsen
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Dec 21, 2014 Susan Hittel
Dec 21, 2014 Jo Ann Hamilton
Dec 21, 2014 Genevieve Radniecki-Hayle
Dec 21, 2014 Tom Syder
Dec 21, 2014 Darah Lerner
Dec 21, 2014 Danielle Pledger
Dec 21, 2014 Marcia Fisher
Dec 21, 2014 Theresa Fonseca
Dec 21, 2014 Margaret Buyukkurt
Dec 21, 2014 Betty Beebe
Dec 21, 2014 katherine langevin
Dec 21, 2014 Zoe Davis
Dec 20, 2014 Jan MacMillan
Dec 20, 2014 Kenneth Hittel
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Dec 18, 2014 Joanna Foley
Dec 17, 2014 maria tereza montes rodrigues
Dec 15, 2014 Carolyn Corr
Dec 15, 2014 Angela Desmond
Dec 14, 2014 Lyudmyla Andrukhova
Dec 13, 2014 Janet Amann
Dec 13, 2014 David Mason
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Dec 12, 2014 Patricia Garcia
Dec 12, 2014 Anna Buenaventura
Dec 11, 2014 John Taylor Jr
Dec 11, 2014 Ipek Yilmaz
Dec 11, 2014 Maria Raquel Ferreira Bastos
Dec 11, 2014 Orhan sermet Yazici
Dec 10, 2014 Rebecca Jacquez
Dec 10, 2014 Monica Claro
Dec 10, 2014 veronica blanco
Dec 10, 2014 Beth Carter Continued human existence requires clean water be available to all living things, human or non-human. To allow widespread contamination for whatever reason of surface, table, or deep water sources is to ensure destruction.
Dec 10, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 10, 2014 Brianna Boocks
Dec 10, 2014 Terri Harris-Downing
Dec 10, 2014 Katie Collins Thank you for doing this, I pray it helps many people!!
Dec 10, 2014 Karen Belanger
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Dec 9, 2014 jerri bittner
Dec 9, 2014 Shelley-Anne van Schalkwyk
Dec 8, 2014 Lois Ingram
Dec 8, 2014 Diane Carrier
Dec 7, 2014 elaina jastrow
Dec 7, 2014 Ulrika Wennberg

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