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Plan International USA Supports Water for the World

Hand washing was rarely practiced by ethnic minority groups in rural regions of Vietnam, but since the communities have been educated on the topic it has become a part of daily life.
Hand washing was rarely practiced by ethnic minority groups in rural regions of Vietnam, but since the communities have been educated on the topic it has become a part of daily life.
August 12, 2014
Helping communities live in a clean, sanitary environment is a priority for Plan.

Plan International USA is proud to support legislation that would ensure water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) remains a priority for the United States Government.

The Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act was put forward by Congressmen Earl Blumenaur (D-OR) and Judge Poe (R-TX). According to WaterAid, the act “makes better use of the existing clean water and sanitation funds, improving international development efforts, and enhancing other foreign policy objectives.”

Put simply, Water for the World establishes accountability for WASH programs and ensures they will have the greatest impact on the communities that truly need them. It also strengthens projects already under way through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

So, why do we need this legislation?

  • 768 million people do not have access to safe drinking water.
  • Nearly 35 percent of the world’s population lives without improved sanitation.
  • Providing toilets alone to everyone who needs it would return $220 billion each year to the global economy.

*Information provided by WaterAid

Plan is already hard at work

 

Water for the World will only strengthen Plan’s future endeavors and solidify Plan’s current work. Plan’s leadership in community-led total sanitation, point-of-use water treatment, improving water access, and behavior change and hygiene promotion has helped communities realize their right to a clean, sanitary environment in which to live.

Find out more about Water for the World.

Find out more about Plan’s WASH programs.

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