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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 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
Oct 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 25, 2014 Nicole Gallick
Oct 25, 2014 Denise Redmond
Oct 25, 2014 Beth Hulevitch
Oct 25, 2014 Deborah Webb
Oct 25, 2014 Rocio Barrera
Oct 25, 2014 Ivan Begovic
Oct 25, 2014 Ronald Shields
Oct 25, 2014 Mary Ann Roberts
Oct 25, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please help UNICEF.
Oct 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 25, 2014 Teresa Santulli
Oct 25, 2014 Mildred Spearns
Oct 25, 2014 Barbara Wallace
Oct 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 25, 2014 Linda Barto
Oct 25, 2014 Horia Clejan
Oct 25, 2014 (Name not displayed) I know many people worry about global government. While I may be in agreement with some, I do think we need to develop a global awareness. All people on this planet deserve free access to clean water and clean air.
Oct 25, 2014 Geraldine Harrison
Oct 25, 2014 jeremie roxas
Oct 25, 2014 Angelika Kurek
Oct 24, 2014 Rebecca Mount
Oct 24, 2014 Irene Souder-Coyle Insuring proper sanitation and clean water world-wide will also help eliminate diseases like ebola from spreading.
Oct 24, 2014 Krystal Weilage
Oct 24, 2014 Jose Cunha
Oct 24, 2014 Luana Castell
Oct 23, 2014 Diane Gaertner
Oct 23, 2014 Wendy Jones
Oct 23, 2014 Cristy Wooten
Oct 23, 2014 Debbie Walker
Oct 23, 2014 Karil Daniels Water is a basic human right. It should not be commoditized or manipulated for profit.
Oct 23, 2014 Aysenur Çömlekci
Oct 23, 2014 Rebecca Fowler
Oct 23, 2014 Nancy Eckert
Oct 23, 2014 liz andrew
Oct 23, 2014 Bożena Staniszewska
Oct 23, 2014 Ebonee Davis
Oct 23, 2014 Donnie Hartgrove Jr
Oct 23, 2014 Jean Naples
Oct 23, 2014 rhonda trelenberg
Oct 23, 2014 Keri Lewis

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