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Before Congress left town for the August recess, the WASH policy coalition, led by Millennium Water Alliance, WaterAid in America, InterAction, and WASH Advocates, worked with chief sponsors Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) to secure even more cosponsors and get support for a mark-up of HR 2901, The Sen. Paul Simon Water for the World Act, in the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

If the bill is approved by the committee soon after Congress returns on September 8, it could quickly go before the full House of Representatives for a vote, and then be sent to the US Senate. If the Senate can act quickly enough (yes, that has been known to happen on non-controversial pieces of legislation), our long effort to make key improvements in the way USAID administers the Water for the Poor Act will meet success – in this Congress!

Just as a reminder, this bill does not provide the annual funding for WASH programs under the Water for the Poor Act – that is separate legislation, and so far in that appropriations process, the key House committee has recommended level funding for FY 2015 at $365 million, while Senate appropriators have recommended $400 million.

For more information on HR 2901, see “What the Water for the World Act Will Do” under Latest Advocacy Updates.

Below see our new state-by-state list of current House cosponsors of HR 2901. If a member from your state is on the list, let them know you appreciate it! Call them at 202-225-3121 (the US Capitol switchboard), or email them through their own Member websites, which you can find at



ALABAMA – none yet

ALASKA – none yet


Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-3]

Salmon, Matt [R-AZ-5]


Cotton, Tom [R-AR-4]



Bass, Karen [D-CA-37]

Bera, Ami [D-CA-7]

Brownley, Julia [D-CA-26]

Chu, Judy [D-CA-27]

Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-18]

Farr, Sam [D-CA-20]

Honda, Michael M. [D-CA-17]

Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13]

Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-19]

Lowenthal, Alan S. [D-CA-47]

Miller, George [D-CA-11]

Napolitano, Grace F. [D-CA-32]

Negrete McLeod, Gloria [D-CA-35]

Rohrabacher, Dana [R-CA-48]

Schiff, Adam B. [D-CA-28]

Speier, Jackie [D-CA-14]

Waxman, Henry A. [D-CA-33]


Polis, Jared [D-CO-2]


Courtney, Joe [D-CT-2]

Esty, Elizabeth H. [D-CT-5]

Larson, John B. [D-CT-1]

DELAWARE – none yet


Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC]


Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-20]

Southerland, Steve II [R-FL-2]


Kingston, Jack [R-GA-1]

Lewis, John [D-GA-5]


Bordallo, Madeleine Z. [D-GU]

HAWAII – none yet

IDAHO – none yet


Bustos, Cheri [D-IL-17]

Davis, Danny K. [D-IL-7]

Enyart, William L. [D-IL-12]

Gutierrez, Luis V. [D-IL-4]

Kinzinger, Adam [R-IL-16]

Quigley, Mike [D-IL-5]

Roskam, Peter J. [R-IL-6]

Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1]

Schock, Aaron [R-IL-18]

Shimkus, John [R-IL-15]


Carson, Andre [D-IN-7]

Walorski, Jackie [R-IN-2]

IOWA – none yet


Jenkins, Lynn [R-KS-2]

KENTUCKY – none yet

LOUISIANA – none yet

MAINE – none yet


Edwards, Donna F. [D-MD-4]

Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD-8]


Capuano, Michael E. [D-MA-7]

Clark, Katherine M. [D-MA-5]

Keating, William R. [D-MA-9]

Kennedy, Joseph P. III [D-MA-4]

McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2]


Levin, Sander M. [D-MI-9]


Ellison, Keith [D-MN-5]

McCollum, Betty [D-MN-4]

MISSISSIPPI – none yet

MISSOURI – none yet

MONTANA – none yet


Terry, Lee [R-NE-2]


Titus, Dina [D-NV-1]


Shea-Porter, Carol [D-NH-1]


Holt, Rush [D-NJ-12]

Sires, Albio [D-NJ-8]

Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4]

NEW MEXICO – none yet


Clarke, Yvette D. [D-NY-9]

Engel, Eliot L. [D-NY-16]

Gibson, Christopher P. [R-NY-19]

Hanna, Richard L. [R-NY-22]

Higgins, Brian [D-NY-26]

McCarthy, Carolyn [D-NY-4]

Rangel, Charles B. [D-NY-13]


Jones, Walter B., Jr. [R-NC-3]

Pittenger, Robert [R-NC-9]

NORTH DAKOTA – none yet



Chabot, Steve [R-OH-1]

Ryan, Tim [D-OH-13]

Tiberi, Patrick J. [R-OH-12]


Cole, Tom [R-OK-4]


Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3] PRIME SPONSOR

Bonamici, Suzanne [D-OR-1]


Cartwright, Matt [D-PA-17]

Dent, Charles [R-PA-15]

Doyle, Michael F. [D-PA-14]

Marino, Tom [R-PA-10]

PUERTO RICO – none yet


Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1]


Wilson, Joe [R-SC-2]

SOUTH DAKOTA – none yet


Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9]


Culberson, John Abney [R-TX-7]

Doggett, Lloyd [D-TX-35]

Farenthold, Blake [R-TX-27]

McCaul, Michael T. [R-TX-10]


Stockman, Steve [R-TX-36]

UTAH – none yet

VERMONT – none yet


Connolly, Gerald E. [D-VA-11]

Moran, James P. [D-VA-8]

Wolf, Frank R. [R-VA-10]



Heck, Denny [D-WA-10]

McDermott, Jim [D-WA-7]

Reichert, David G. [R-WA-8]

Smith, Adam [D-WA-9]

WEST VIRGINIA – none yet


Kind, Ron [D-WI-3]

Petri, Thomas E. [R-WI-6]

Ribble, Reid J. [R-WI-8]

Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [R-WI-5]

WYOMING – none yet


Prepared by Millennium Water Alliance, August 7, 2014



The Sen. Paul Simon Water for the World Act, HR 2901, now has 81 cosponsors – 29 Republicans and 52 Democrats! 

(Last updated 5/14/14)

MWA and other advocates are pushing to have HR 2901 scheduled for mark-up in the House Foreign Affairs Committee as soon as possible in order to get the bill to the floor for action in the House of Representatives this year.

The bill was introduced in August 2013 by WASH champions Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX).  When the bill is approved by the House, we expect our Senate allies to move quickly to pass it in the Senate.

Here are the current House cosponsors, with the date of cosponsorship:

Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] – 8/1/2013
Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2] – 8/1/2013
Rep Cole, Tom [OK-4] – 8/1/2013
Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. [NC-3] – 8/1/2013
Rep Ribble, Reid J. [WI-8] – 8/1/2013

Rep Rohrabacher, Dana [CA-48] – 8/1/2013
Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [WI-5] – 8/1/2013
Rep Shimkus, John [IL-15] – 8/1/2013
Rep Smith, Christopher H. [NJ-4] – 8/1/2013
Rep Terry, Lee [NE-2] – 8/1/2013

Rep Hanna, Richard L. [NY-22] – 8/1/2013
Rep Schock, Aaron [IL-18] – 8/1/2013
Rep Edwards, Donna F. [MD-4] – 8/1/2013
Rep Bass, Karen [CA-37] – 8/2/2013
Rep Chabot, Steve [OH-1] – 8/2/2013

Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-20] – 8/2/2013
Rep McCaul, Michael T. [TX-10] – 9/9/2013
Rep Culberson, John Abney [TX-7] – 9/12/2013
Rep Napolitano, Grace F. [CA-32] – 9/12/2013
Rep Stockman,Steve [TX-36] – 9/19/2013

Rep Moran, James P. [VA-8] – 9/19/2013
Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] – 9/19/2013
Rep Cotton, Tom [AR-4] – 9/27/2013
Rep Farenthold, Blake [TX-27] – 9/27/2013
Rep Doyle, Michael F. [PA-14] – 10/8/2013

Rep Keating, William R. [MA-9] – 12/4/2013
Rep Titus, Dina [NV-1] – 12/4/2013
Rep Waxman, Henry A. [CA-33] – 12/4/2013
Rep Cicilline, David N. [RI-1] – 12/4/2013
Rep Bera, Ami [CA-7] – 12/4/2013

Rep Petri, Thomas E. [WI-6] – 12/4/2013
Rep Negrete McLeod, Gloria [CA-35] – 12/16/2013
Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-13] – 1/14/2014
Rep Bordallo, Madeleine Z. [GU] – 1/14/2014
Rep Sires, Albio [NJ-8] – 1/14/2014

Rep Levin, Sander M. [MI-9] – 2/6/2014
Rep Holt, Rush [NJ-12] – 2/6/2014
Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes [DC] – 2/6/2014
Rep Jenkins, Lynn [KS-2] – 2/6/2014
Rep Lofgren, Zoe [CA-19] – 2/6/2014

Rep McGovern, James P. [MA-2]- 2/25/2014
Rep Miller, George [CA-11] – 3/6/2014
Rep Honda, Michael M. [CA-17] – 3/6/2014
Rep Schiff, Adam B. [CA-28] – 3/13/2014
Rep Van Hollen, Chris [MD-8] – 3/14/2014

Rep Larson, John B. [CT-1] – 3/14/2014
Rep Lewis, John [GA-5] – 3/14/2014
Rep Kind, Ron [WI-3] – 3/14/2014
Rep Clarke, Yvette D. [NY-9] – 3/24/2014
Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-3] – 3/24/2014

Rep Heck, Denny [WA-10] – 3/24/2014
Rep Speier, Jackie [CA-14] – 3/24/2014
Rep Marino, Tom [PA-10] – 3/24/2014
Rep Reichert, David G. [WA-8] – 3/24/2014
Rep Eshoo, Anna G. [CA-18] – 3/24/2014

Rep Connolly, Gerald E. [VA-11] – 3/24/2014
Rep Southerland, Steve II [FL-2] – 3/27/2014
Rep Lowenthal, Alan S. [CA-47] – 3/27/2014
Rep Brownley, Julia [CA-26] – 3/27/2014
Rep Polis, Jared [CO-2] – 3/27/2014

Rep Chu, Judy [CA-27] – 3/27/2014
Rep Quigley, Mike [IL-5] – 3/27/2014
Rep Higgins, Brian [NY-26] – 4/8/2014
Rep Cartwright, Matt [PA-17] – 4/8/2014
Rep Tiberi, Patrick J. [OH-12] – 4/8/2014

Rep Kennedy, Joseph P. III [MA-4] – 4/8/2014
Rep Enyart, William L. [IL-12] – 4/8/2014
Rep Capuano, Michael E. [MA-7] – 4/8/2014
Rep Courtney, Joe [CT-2] – 4/10/2014
Rep Gibson, Christopher P. [NY-19] – 4/10/2014

Rep McCollum, Betty [MN-4] – 5/7/2014
Rep Smith, Adam [WA-9] – 5/7/2014
Rep Salmon, Matt [AZ-5] – 5/7/2014
Rep Roskam, Peter J. [IL-6] – 5/7/2014
Rep Esty, Elizabeth H. [CT-5] – 5/7/2014
Rep Wolf, Frank R. [VA-10] – 5/7/2014
Rep McCarthy, Carolyn [NY-4] – 5/7/2014
Rep Pittenger, Robert [NC-9] – 5/7/2014
Rep Farr, Sam [CA-20] – 5/7/2014
Rep Clark, Katherine M. [MA-5] – 5/9/2014
Rep Walorski, Jackie[IN-2] – 5/9/2014


Ethiopia World Water Day Forum 2014


The World Water Day Forum on Water and Energy was held on Friday, March 21st at the Desalign Hotel in Addis. The Forum was sponsored by the Ministry of Water and Energy with organizational and financial support from MWA.  100+ people attended and heard speakers from UNICEF, State Minister for Water and Energy H.E Ato Kebede Gerba, and MWA local partner Hope 2020, among others.  During this event, Chris Dunston of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, officially announced the new $10 million, 3-year MWA-EP program.  In addition to this forum, MWA and the representative from CNHF also participated with the MoWE in World Water Day festivities at the MoWE HQ, where the Minister of Water, H.E Ato Kebede Gerba, presented both MWA and CNHF with certificates acknowledging contributions to the WASH sector since 2004.





At a site visit to CRS in Kalu woreda, students in the health club from the school in the community where CRS has completed an integrated WASH program with MWA-EP funding, serenaded visitors from CNHF, MWA, CRS, CARE, WV, WAid, Helvetas, Living Water International, EKHC, Hope 2020, Quest, IRC, and Water Action. They sang about the importance of water, sanitation and hygiene for child health and education.  The site visit was made as part of the peer review, learning exchange activities among MWA-EP members.


The Conrad N.Hilton Foundation and MWA Announce New $10 Million WASH Program in Ethiopia

Washington, DC, March 19, 2014 -­‐ The Millennium Water Alliance (MWA) and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation today announced a new three-­‐year $10 million, multi-­‐partner-­‐funded water, sanitation, and hygiene education program for Ethiopia.

Building on their joint work in water and sanitation systems and expanded hygiene education programs in the country since 2006, over the next three years (July 2014 -­‐ June 2017), the MWA-­‐EP will reach 300,000 people in rural Ethiopia with access to safe water, strengthening the capacity of government agencies to manage existing water supply assets and deliver improved services in 23 woredas.

“Our continued support to Millennium Water Alliance -­‐ Ethiopia will allow them to reinforce and scale capacity-­‐building activities with district governments, civil society and the private sector,” said Steven M. Hilton, Chairman, President & CEO of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. “The goal of this partnership is to safeguard the longevity of water-­‐related investments and continuously provide reliable safe water. The grant will also support the new transformative approach of ‘self-­‐supply’, which provides appropriate products and services for individuals to solve their own problems related to water.”

The Hilton Foundation will provide $5 million to the Millennium Water Alliance – Ethiopia Program. Six MWA members -­‐ CARE, Catholic Relief Services, World Vision, Living Water International, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, and IRC – will implement the program. MWA and these members are matching the Hilton Foundation investment with an additional $5 million in funding, for a total investment of over $10 million over three years.

Since 2006, with funding from Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the MWA-­‐Ethiopia Program (MWA-­‐EP) has reached more than one million rural Ethiopians. The MWA-­‐EP works at scale, focusing its support on specific woredas in each major region and gradually shifting its approach from direct implementation to facilitation of service delivery, operation and maintenance by local government and communities.

“This new phase builds on our past success, and it also innovates,” said MWA Executive Director Rafael Callejas. “We are more closely aligned to and supporting the government and its longer-­‐term vision for 100% coverage in Ethiopia. As a coalition of leading NGOs working together, we are learning what works -­‐ why and how -­‐ and applying this evidence to the work on the field, more quickly and more comprehensively than ever before.”

The new program will expand the MWA-­‐EP current Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning framework, through the use of mobile phone technology to collect and record data from the field. The program is also focusing on increasing household’s own investment in water and sanitation services through improving the availability of appropriate low-­‐cost technologies, microfinance, and increasing the involvement of the private sector in providing WASH services. This approach, called ‘self-­‐supply’ can help increase coverage in areas where it is not feasible or cost-­‐effective to develop communal supplies.

In April 2013, the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) released the results of its National WASH Inventory: 52% of Ethiopians have access to water and 63% to basic sanitation. In absolute terms, there are over 30 million Ethiopians lacking access to safe water.

In August 2013, the GoE released the One WASH National Program – its blueprint for achieving 98.5% coverage for safe water supply and 100% coverage in sanitation. With the support of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, MWA-­‐EP will collaborate with the GoE, local government, and communities to move the needle towards universal coverage and to meet the vision of the Foundation to improve the well-­‐ being of the water-­‐stressed ultra-­‐poor by supporting sustainable access to safe water.

For further information, contact:

Rafael Callejas, MWA (202) 296-­‐1836
Susan Dundon, MWA (313) 815-­‐3609
Millennium Water Alliance, 1001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 710, Washington DC 20036

Marc Moorghen, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation (818) 851-­‐3700 Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, 30440 Agoura Rd., Agoura Hills, CA 91301

About the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The Foundation currently conducts strategic initiatives in six priority areas: providing safe water, ending chronic homelessness, preventing substance abuse, helping children affected by HIV and AIDS, supporting transition-­‐age youth in foster care, and extending Conrad Hilton’s support for the work of Catholic Sisters. In addition, following selection by an independent international jury, the Foundation annually awards the $1.5 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize to a nonprofit organization doing extraordinary work to reduce human suffering. From its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1 billion in grants, distributing $92 million in the U.S. and around the world in 2013. The Foundation’s current assets are approximately $2.4 billion. For more information, please visit



The Millennium Water Alliance is implementing the USAID-funded Kenya Arid Lands Disaster Risk Reduction – Water, Sanitation & Hygiene program (KALDRR-WASH) in order to provide safe water, improved sanitation, and hygiene education (WASH) to areas of rural Kenya impacted by drought and climate change. On Tuesday, Doris Kaberia, MWA’s Kenya Program Director,  briefed retired President Mwai Kibaki on the intensified effort of the KALDRR-WASH Program. See the full story here.

Update from MWA’s Lazos de Agua in Colombia

Through MWA’s Lazos de Agua program, Aguayuda is working to use clean water, sanitation and education to improve living conditions in La Guajira, Colombia where 84% of people in rural communities do not have access to clean water and 96% percent do not have access to sanitation facilities. Aguayuda is working with these communities to help meet their specific needs through solutions such as family household filters, community filters, water distribution systems, windmills and soon a solar pump. Additionally, they are currently working on providing communities with composting latrines or “loveable loos.”

Three schools in the region will also benefit from Aguayuda’s work; two schools will receive water truck deliveries, while a third school will receive a windmill that provides water. This year Aguayuda will implement a water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) education program by developing community workshops, training materials for teachers and visual manuals for students. They will also be working to form a WASH committee made up of members of the community before the program ends in 2015. This will empower communities and the local government to manage their own WASH projects, which is key to sustainability.

Check out the blog and the Akvo show case!



Millennium Water Alliance Ethiopia Program (MWA-EP) at the Multi Stakeholder Forum Six (MSF-6) meeting and Joint Technical Review Eight (JTR-8)

On February 4-5, Millennium Water Alliance-Ethiopia Program Director Melkamu Jaleta helped facilitate the Multi-Stakeholder Forum-6 (MSF-6) meeting in Addis Ababa.  The theme of the meeting was “Innovative WASH for Sustainable Development”, and more than 350 participants were present, including the Ministers of Water, Irrigation & Energy; Health; and Education.  MWA, through its Dutch partner IRC, led discussion about self-supply experiences and strategies from MWA’s Ethiopia Program.



A real Valentine’s gift? End violence against women

Check out Rep. Ted Poe’s blog supporting the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act (HR 2901)!


5TH Graders Meet with Arizona Congressman on WASH

Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) visited Porter Elementary School in Mesa on January 23 to speak with students and teachers who have raised over $1500 for H2O for Life to help provide access to clean water. See news coverage video here. Advocates are hoping that Salmon, who is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, will soon join as a cosponsor for HR 2901, the Sen. Paul Simon Water for the World Act. If he cosponsors, that would mean that five of the six total subcommittee chairs in the House Foreign Affairs Committee now support the bill, helping us move toward a mark-up and vote in HFAC this year. (March 2014)



The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation released results of a new national poll on attitudes toward foreign aid, in particular on health programs in developing countries. Find out more about the results here, or visit their website to learn more.



See the latest edition (one English version, one en Espanol) of the quarterly Lazos de Agua newsletter prepared by our implementing partners in their own words.


MWA Welcomes New Members Aguayuda and HELVETAS

MWA  welcomes the internationally respected HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, a nongovernmental organization based in Zurich, and the innovative implementer Aguayuda, headquartered in Maryland, as the newest members of MWA.
Read more here…


H.R. 2901 Introduced in the House on August 1st

Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced the 2013 version of the Sen. Paul Simon Water for the World Act on the House floor. read more…


House Panel Hears WASH Testimony – First Hearing in the 113th Congress

On the same day as Water for the World (HR 2901) was introduced, the House Subcommittee on Africa & Global Health met to hear great testimony from five witnesses on progress made in public health through WASH interventions. read more….


Senate Appropriations Approves $405 Million for WASH in FY 2014

The Senate State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee approved $405 million for water, sanitation and hygiene. This is the most ever appropriated by any Congressional committee for WASH. read more…

Aligning WASH Sustainability Policy

Daniel Smith, MWA Latin America Program officer, presented on how NGO headquarters’ sustainability policies translate down to activities in the field, and how ideas from the field get integrated into organizational policy at the Aligning WASH Sustainability Policy webinar. read more…


Multiple Use Services

The Millennium Water Alliance has adopted Multiple Use Water Services (MUS) as an institutional strategy to meet the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) needs of users in rural and peri-urban areas of developing countries. read more…


3R/MUS in Marsabit County, Kenya

Specialists from Acacia Water working with Food for the Hungry – Kenya (FH-K) and Millennium Water Alliance (MWA) are working to decipher an innovative component of the MWA’s Kenya Arid Lands Disaster Risk Reduction (KALDRR) WASH program. read more….

MWA Lazos de Agua, Coca-Cola Latin America, FEMSA Fundacion Launch New Three-Year WASH Program in Five Countries

The Millennium Water Alliance joined with Coca-Cola Latin America and The FEMSA Foundation in Mexico City on May 29 to officially launch their new partnership to bring new and improved water and sanitation access to more than 110,000 people in some of the poorest regions of Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua over the next three years. read more…

3R/MUS Pilot in Kamboe, Kenya

Reflections on the pilot 3R/MUS (Retention, Recharge, Reuse/Multiple Use Services of Water) approach in the village of Kamboe, Kenya. read more…

WASH Collaboration in New PBA Journal

MWA and partner Improve International coauthor article in a new publications on how collaborations can work.  read more…

MWA & Coca Cola Launch New Multiple Use of Water Initiative in Ethiopia

The program will support water supply improvements and multiple uses of water (MUS); improve water access, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in schools, institutions, and households; and empower women through water-related entrepreneurship, in seven rural woredas of three Ethiopian regions.

read more…




MWA WELCOMES NEW MEMBER, Pure Water for the World

The Millennium Water Alliance (MWA), the consortium of US-based organizations that implement water, sanitation and hygiene education programs throughout the developing world, today welcomes the innovative Vermont-based charity Pure Water for World  as an affiliate member of MWA
read more… 

MWA WELCOMES NEW MEMBER, the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre.

The Millennium Water Alliance (MWA), the consortium of US-based organizations that implement water, sanitation and hygiene education programs throughout the developing world, today welcomes the prestigious  IRC  International Water and Sanitation Centre as an affiliate member of MWA.
read more… 

MWA Presents Impact Poster and UNC-WH Conference

Susan Dundon, MWA Program Director, and Susan Davis, Improve International, presented a poster at the 2012 UNC Water and Health Conference outlining their findings from a new study of the MWA-Ethiopia Program.

read more…

New Civil Society Rep Elected for SWA (August 2012)

WASH NGOs in North America and Europe have elected Thilo Panzerbieter, founder and executive director of the German Toilet Organization, to be the new northern civil society representative to the international steering committee for Sanitation and Water All (SWA), the global network of governments and other organizations committed to expanded WASH access in developing countries. read more…

New MWA-KP Documentary Released (July 2012)

The Millennium Water Alliance (MWA) released a short documentary film chronicling the Alliance’s work to bring safe drinking water and better sanitation to nearly 200,000 people in some of the poorest regions of the east African country of Kenya.  read more…

33 NGO Directors Endorse H.R. 3658 and Ask for House Action (June 2012)

Thirty-three international development leaders have come together to write a letter to members of the House of Representatives pressing them to call on the House Foreign Affairs Committee to mark-up the Sen. Paul Simon Water for the World Act in this session of Congress. read more…


H.R. 3658 Support Surges, Now at 59 Co-sponsors (June 2012)

While the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in June unanimously approved their version of the Sen. Paul Simon Water for the World Act, support for the House’s version, H.R. 3658, has been building, with an increase of 17 co-sponsors in June alone. read more…

Senate Committee Approves Water for the World Act, Reports to Full Senate  (June 2012)

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved S. 641, the Sen. Paul Simon Water for the World Act, and recommends its passage to the full U.S. Senate. read more…

State Department Magazine Features A-WASH Project in Cameroon (June 2012)

The June 2012 issue of State Magazine, an official publication of the U.S. State Department, features a school WASH project in Cameroon now underway through the Ambassador’s Schools Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Initiative administered by MWA. The project is a collaboration of the local community, the State Department, the U.S. Embassy in Cameroon, Catholic Relief Services, Global Water Challenge, and MWA, with some additional funding from the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation and H2O for Life. Click to read the article, on page 4.


Senate Foreign Relations Committee to Consider S. 641 June 19 (June 2012)

The Sen. Paul Simon Water for the World Act (S. 641) will be on the markup schedule for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee when it meets on Tuesday, June 19. We strongly support this bill. Lead sponsors Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL, and Majority Whip in the Senate), and Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) are seeking to make needed changes in the implementation of current law, and to help USAID focus programming in more effective ways. read more…


H.R. 3658 Cosponsor Count Rises, Now at 42 (May 2012)

HR 3658 was drafted by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) a longtime champion for WASH. Rep. Blumenauer was joined in the bill by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), a strong voice on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.  Together, they have introduced a bipartisan bill we strongly support, and are gaining new House cosponsors every week (42 as of May 30, 2012). read more…


MWA-KP Event in Kenya (May 2012)

More than 50 participants from across the development sector joined in day-long discussion hosted by MWA in Nairobi on May 8 to share lessons on WASH in schools, sustainable sanitation, multiple uses of water, development strategies for droughts and point of use water treatment. read more…


Senate Appropriations Committee Approves $400 Million for WASH in FY2013 (May 2012)

Great news for advocates for WASH from the U.S. Senate, where appropriators recommend a major increase in FY 2013!  In May, the Senate Appropriations committee approved $400 million, up from $315 million in FY 2012.  read more…

USAID Formally Joins Sanitation and Water for All Partnership (April 2012)

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah announced that the U.S. Agency for International Development has joined the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) Partnership. The SWA Partnership brings together governments, donors, civil society organizations, and development partners to achieve sustainable sanitation and drinking water. read more…

MWA-KP Brings PUR to Rage and Kutur (April 2012)

MWA member Food for the Hungry has implemented WASH activities helping 150 households living in the Kenya regions of Rage and Kutur. read more…

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