Call your member of Congress at 202-224-3121 and say you want to support efforts already underway to solve the global water, sanitation, and hygiene crisis. Here are some talking points. You can also visit their office or write a letter. Here is a template to get you started. The 2013 Water for the World Act has been introduced with bipartisan support and aims to modify the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act (passed in 2005) and improve the efficiency with which the U.S. gives foreign aid for WASH. This is especially important with looming budget cuts that are likely to affect these programs.
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The U.S. government provides a great deal of financial and technical support each year around the world to help solve the safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) challenge in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. During 2009 and 2010 alone, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) provided improved access to drinking water to 9.2 million people, and access to sanitation facilities to 6.3 million people.
Since 2005, WASH Advocates has been working hard to increase both the amount and the effectiveness of foreign assistance for WASH from the U.S. government and its partners. The United States Congress passed the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act in 2005, which established WASH as a priority in U.S. foreign and development policy and instructs the State Department and USAID in their work on WASH.
It is important, especially during difficult economic times, to continue the momentum for WASH around the world. Here are our current priorities on Capitol Hill:
- Continue to increase the level of funding appropriated to implement the Water for the Poor Act of 2005.
- Ensure passage of the Water for the World Act. This is the successor legislation to the Water for the Poor Act of 2005, and seeks to elevate and institutionalize the global water and sanitation issue throughout the US government, particularly at the Department of State and USAID.
For more information, please contact John Oldfield (202) 293-4002 or joldfield@WASHadvocates.org