CARE Knows How to Get it Done on Capitol Hill: World Water Act

CARE Knows How to Advocate: Water for the World Act

After six years of advocacy, the Water for the World Act was passed in December 2014. This legislation will improve access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene for the 750 million people around the world who lack access to safe drinking water and the 2.5 billion people without access to toilets.

Since 2009, CARE has helped to inform the legislation and advocate for its passage, in partnership with a community of more than 80 NGOs and religious organizations who publically endorsed the bill. CARE applauds the tireless efforts of our partners, such as WaterAid, WASH Advocates, InterAction, World Vision, Habitat for Humanity, the Millennium Water Alliance, among others, who dedicated years of advocacy and communications to the issue.

CARE’s citizen advocates played a critical role, persistently communicating the importance of the bill with their congressional representatives, particularly as the bill confronted several barriers to passage in the last few days of this congressional session.

CARE has supported water, sanitation, and hygiene and water resources management activities for over fifty years and currently oversees more than 180 projects in both emergency response and long-term development in more than 40 countries. Our WASH work is focused on sustainability, equity, and coverage at scale, and is inherently cross-sectoral. There is no food security without soil moisture management, no nutritional improvements without safe water to drink, no stable ecosystems without vibrant watersheds, and no healthy schools without access to safe water and hygiene and sanitation facilities.

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Check out the press release: CARE Applauds Congressional Passage of the Water for the World Act