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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 30, 2014 Roberto Angarita
Sep 29, 2014 Patricia Lilienthal
Sep 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 29, 2014 Sam Wakely
Sep 29, 2014 Erin Linksz
Sep 29, 2014 colleen kooser
Sep 29, 2014 Denise Reynolds
Sep 28, 2014 CreeDance Austin
Sep 28, 2014 (Name not displayed) God bless america and those who arent as fortunate may jesus hear our cry for help and end all of this suffering it breaks my heart plz help us father especially the innocent children that have to go thru this everyday send them a miracle in jesusnameamen
Sep 28, 2014 Susan Hildebrand
Sep 28, 2014 Lucía Matos
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Sep 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 28, 2014 Mary Jalloh Clean water is essential for life
Sep 28, 2014 Briana Gager
Sep 28, 2014 Christine Corrigan
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Sep 28, 2014 Marta Silver
Sep 28, 2014 lori Thomas
Sep 28, 2014 Tara Tabatabaie
Sep 28, 2014 Ginette Collerette
Sep 28, 2014 Barbara Stevens
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Sep 27, 2014 Laura Daniel
Sep 27, 2014 Diana McKoski
Sep 27, 2014 Carol Blanchard
Sep 27, 2014 David Smith
Sep 27, 2014 Elsie Martinez
Sep 27, 2014 marieta georgieva
Sep 26, 2014 Dolores McBride What could be more basic than clean water? Let's do all in our power to make it happen for every person on the planet.
Sep 26, 2014 patricia george
Sep 26, 2014 Rodolfo Conde
Sep 26, 2014 Maryann Pitman No water=no life.
Sep 26, 2014 J Beverly
Sep 26, 2014 susan jacob
Sep 26, 2014 Elaine Fitzgerald everyone needs clean water
Sep 26, 2014 Susan Fisher
Sep 26, 2014 Mikail Barron
Sep 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 26, 2014 Maritza Tynes
Sep 26, 2014 PATRICIA LAMA
Sep 26, 2014 Victoria Johnson All people should have access to clean water, no matter where they live!
Sep 26, 2014 Richard Leliaert
Sep 26, 2014 maurita burzynska cruse This is a subject dear to my heart and I'm very happy that there's a way of helping other than being economical with water myself. Thank you.
Sep 26, 2014 Angela Molinas
Sep 26, 2014 Valerie McEntee
Sep 26, 2014 John Martin
Sep 26, 2014 Rose Martin

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