CARE Applauds Congressional Passage of the Water for the World Act

CARE Applauds Congressional Passage of the Water for the World Act

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Thanks to everyone who took action! 529 people submitted letters to congress through the CARE website.

December 2014 congress passed HR 2901, or the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act.

This important legislation serves to address the needs of the 2.4 billion people who still do not have access to a toilet, and the 663 million people who lack access to safe drinking water. The bill:

  • Ensures effective targeting of USAID funds for water and sanitation towards the world’s poorest.
  • Ensures capacity within and effective coordination across US government and USAID programs to maximize impact of water and sanitation
  • Encourages effective monitoring to guarantee long-term, sustainable impacts.

Just as importantly, the bill recognizes water and sanitation globally as an essential piece of promoting sustainable development.

CARE’s role:

The CARE Water and Advocacy teams worked on this since 2009 (across 3 Congresses: 111th-113th).

  • In 2009, a prior version of the bill was introduced by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) with the objective of “improving the capacity of the United States Government to fully implement the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005” (text from the bill).

Since 2009, CARE’s Water, Policy and Advocacy teams have 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. We applaud the tireless efforts of our partners, such as WaterAid, WASH Advocates, InterAction, World Vision, Habitat for Humanity, and 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 and urgently 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 the Congressional session.

Thank you!!!