Congressman Earl Blumenauer
Supporters of the Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act, including IHC representatives, gathered December 8th in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington DC to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the enactmen
t of the landmark Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act.
Since its enactment USAID has allocated more than $1.5 billion to improving a
ccess of the poo
r around the world to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). IHC has been a strong advocate for the continued funding of the Act, and a unique voice requesting projects for the urban poor and slum dwellers, as the Act requires that funding be distributed in a balanced way between urban, peri-urban and rural areas.
The celebration was organized by WASH Advocates, which has led a 10-year effort to make the public and decision makers aware of the importance of clean water and basic sanitation. Two and a half billion people lack adequate sanitation facilities, and nearly 800 million do not have access to clean water. WASH funding enjoys widespread bi-partisan support in Congress.
Speakers at the event included Senators Richard Durbin and Bob Corker; Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Ted Poe, and Nita Lowey, and Patti Simon, the widow of Senator Paul Simon.