Target: The United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs
Goal: Increase access to safe drinking water globally.
Access to clean and safe drinking water is limited in developing countries, and a lack of such access is the greatest cause of illness globally. As many as one billion people are without access to safe drinking water, resulting in the death on nearly 2 million people annually. Most of those who suffer are children who have no means of acquiring aid on their own.
America is extremely lucky to have such easy access to healthy water supplies, and thus it is put upon the American government’s shoulders to ensure that such ease of access is spread globally. Supporting clean water is exceedingly effective in terms of cost, and the Natural Resources Defense Council reports that “for every dollar invested in water and sanitation, about $8.00 is returned in increased productivity and decreased health care costs.” This rate of return indicates that by supplying safe drinking water to underdeveloped or developing countries, America will be saving money in relief efforts and future health costs.
The Water for the World Act was introduced into both the House of Representatives and the Senate in 2011. This bill aims to “improve America’s ability to provide assistance in developing countries” by targeting those people most in need and “by integrating water and sanitation into strategies for food security, education and other programs.” The Water for the World Act is currently sitting in the House Committee on Foreign Affairs: ask the committee to approve the bill so that it can move on to be considered by the House of Representatives as a whole.
Dear Representatives of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs,
Access to clean drinking water is extremely limited in developing countries, and a lack of such access is the leading cause of illness worldwide. With over 1 billion people barred from safe drinking water and nearly 2 million people dying annually because of this, it is time that America takes a step toward action.
We are extremely privileged to have such ease of access to clean drinking water, and we have the resources to help others to share in this same privilege. Further, the Natural Resources Defense Council reports that “for every dollar invested in water and sanitation, about $8.00 is returned in increased productivity and decreased health care costs.” Thus, we can decrease future expenditures by aiding those in need now.
The Water for the World Act is currently awaiting approval by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and I urge you to approve the bill so that it can be considered by the entire House of Representatives. The livelihood of millions of people depends upon your action, and it is time that a difference is made in these people’s lives.
[Your Name Here]