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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

Aug 29, 2014 Laurent La Roze
Aug 28, 2014 Rosalinda Rayne
Aug 28, 2014 Karen Scrivner
Aug 28, 2014 Carla Winger
Aug 28, 2014 Jo Johnson
Aug 28, 2014 Michelle Riedlinger
Aug 27, 2014 carly garcia
Aug 27, 2014 Eugene Polis
Aug 27, 2014 Stefanie Keyser
Aug 26, 2014 Cheryl Herbert
Aug 26, 2014 Tamyê Silva
Aug 26, 2014 Wendy Rambo Shuford We wais so much money on friviless law suits etc instead of the importance of this measure.
Aug 26, 2014 Lois Hemm
Aug 26, 2014 Tammy Grimes
Aug 26, 2014 linda tracton
Aug 26, 2014 Britney Bergum
Aug 26, 2014 kostas nikolaides
Aug 26, 2014 Phil Cornelius
Aug 26, 2014 Yakusheva Olga
Aug 26, 2014 Carrie King
Aug 26, 2014 Stephen Cucchiara
Aug 25, 2014 Nicolette Aubourg
Aug 25, 2014 Cassandra D'Alessio
Aug 25, 2014 Cassandra D'Alessio
Aug 25, 2014 Cassandra D'Alessio
Aug 24, 2014 Laurene Kapinos
Aug 24, 2014 Mark Belanger
Aug 24, 2014 Elizabeth Collins
Aug 24, 2014 Kathryn Hansen
Aug 24, 2014 LEE LOE Bravo, Rep. Poe! Thanks for sponsoring this.
Aug 24, 2014 Karen Atkinson Everyone, *everyone* should have clean safe drinking water and water to cook with. Separate working sanitation facilities are all part of it, no less than most of would consider "bare resources" for our homes and businesses.
Aug 24, 2014 Pamela Carter-Wiley
Aug 24, 2014 Sophie Georgas
Aug 24, 2014 michael lubka
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Aug 24, 2014 ana perez
Aug 24, 2014 Nancy Fox
Aug 23, 2014 Sheryll Punneo
Aug 23, 2014 Greatest Ever
Aug 23, 2014 Lisa Sellers
Aug 23, 2014 Grace Whalen
Aug 23, 2014 Sybil Murray
Aug 22, 2014 judith knouff
Aug 22, 2014 Andrea Decker
Aug 22, 2014 Lisa Flores
Aug 22, 2014 Marie Sillery
Aug 22, 2014 diego fleita
Aug 22, 2014 Elizabeth Collins
Aug 22, 2014 Jessica Cutshall
Aug 22, 2014 craig milne

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