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Support the Water for the World Act ( S.624)

Support the Water for the World Act ( S.624)
  
  

 

Why this is important to me

780 million people in the world do not have access to clean water, that is two and a half times the size of the United States. The water or the world act is one of the most influence pieces of legislation presented to congress due to the severity of the water crisis. This bill contributes to strengthening USAID and existing water and sanitation programs. Bill Clinton once said "We cannot build our own future without helping others to build theirs". Helping to end the water crisis around the world will not only save and improve the lives of many but strengthen and broaden US foreign policy, and improve national security.

Passing this bill would contribute to:
1. Women empowerment: A lack of access to safe water and improved sanitation close to home and at school can impact girls’ educational attainment and retention, limiting their ability to break the cycle of poverty. More time spent on education instead of finding clean water would allow better opportunities for employment, better health conditions for children and mothers, less sexual assaults fom women leaving alone at night to carry water
2.Health: every 21 seconds a child dies from a water related disease a small change like passing the water for the world would save 1656 lives a day.
3.Bolster long-term US economic and national security interest: for every $1 invested in water and sanitation provides an economic return of $8
4. Increase coordination for other WASH (water,sanitation,hygiene) programs:safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene must be coordinated with and integrated into programs and strategies for food security, global health, environment, education, and gender equality.

My name is Taylor Schaefer, I am the Regional Director for a non-profit organization called The Borgen Project. Please visit borgenproject.org for more information on this issue.

Posted December 4, 2012
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