Tuesday, September 2, 2014

FY15 appropriations recommendations for water and sanitation

For those of you who were wondering, here's what we are fighting for on Capitol Hill for FY15 appropriations.



FY 15 State & Foreign Operations Appropriations
We encourage Members of Congress to support the following requests for global safe drinking water, sanitation, hygiene, and related accounts.

Executive Summary

USAID Global Health Programs
·         Support the Senate statutory funding level of $2.769 billion
Development Assistance
·         Support the House statutory funding level of $2.53 billion
Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act
·         Support the Senate statutory funding level of $400 million
·         Support the Senate report funding level of “not less than $145 million for programs and activities in sub-Saharan Africa” within the $400 million for water
·         Support reworked statutory and report language (see below)
The USAID Operating Expenses account, which provides the means for USAID to execute all of its programs, is also under budgetary pressure.  We encourage Congress to protect this account as well.
Statutory language recommendations:

Provided further, that of the funds appropriated by this Act, not less than $400,000,000 shall be made available for long-term, sustainable water supply, sanitation, and hygiene projects pursuant only to the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005 (Public Law 109–121), of which not less than $15,000,000 shall be made available for programs to design and build safe, public latrines for women and girls in Africa and Asia.

Report language recommendations:

·         Water and Sanitation.-The Committee recommends not less than $400,000,000 in this act for sustainable water and sanitation projects pursuant to Public Law 109-121, of which not less than $145,000,000 is for programs and activities in sub-Saharan Africa. The Committee intends these funds to be used for programs to provide safe drinking water and sanitation for rural and urban communities where water scarcity or contamination poses serious risks to human health, with an emphasis on the poorest communities and countries, and on drought prone regions of Africa. These funds are in addition to other funds in this act to protect and sustainably manage water resources.

·         The Committee supports USAID's recent efforts to address the shortcomings identified in GAO report "U.S. Water and Sanitation Aid" (GAO-10-957), specifically regarding a lack of measurable goals, benchmarks, and timetables included in U.S. water and sanitation programming. The Committee recommends that a portion of funds appropriated by this act for water and sanitation projects be used for robust monitoring and evaluation including pre- and post-project[1] in accordance with section 7 of Public Law 109-121, and USAID's Water and Development Strategy, and to support the development and dissemination of best practices in sustainable water and sanitation programming. The committee directs USAID to consult with the Committees on Appropriations on these efforts.

·         The Committee supports public-private partnerships to leverage additional non-Federal investments and expertise for water and sanitation-related programs, including through the Development Credit Authority, as appropriate.

·         The Committee recognizes that sexual and other assaults against women and girls often occur outside at night when they are vulnerable due to the lack of safe and accessible latrines in many developing countries. USAID is directed to consult with the Committee on a multi-year plan focused on the poorest countries in Africa and Asia to design and build safe public latrines for women and girls. The act provides not less than $15,000,000 for this purpose.

 


[1] “Pre- and post-project” is a vital phrase, pivotal to the sustainability of these programs, and we urge the Senate to consider supporting this language from the House.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Alive and Healthy at Age Five and Far Beyond



Thanks to the efforts of the U.S. Congress and its partners around the world on water, sanitation, and many other important development objectives, several million more children survive and thrive far beyond their fifth birthdays every year than would otherwise be the case.

John Oldfield, happy to be alive and thriving at age five!

At a series of events in Washington DC this week, the powerful 5th Birthday and Beyond coalition will thank Congress for its leadership on efforts to “stop the deaths of millions of children from preventable disease and help them thrive.” As a reinforcement of the message, the coalition is cleverly posting photographs of many of today’s public and private sector leaders when they were five years old (they were all pretty photogenic back then – Colin Powell, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and many others - Bill Gates in particular!).

We at WASH Advocates are proud and humbled to play a small role as a Coalition Partner in this much-bigger effort, and are grateful for the contributions that the U.S. government and the global WASH sector have made in helping these millions of children survive and thrive.

The result of a successful water or sanitation project isn’t simply a borewell, or a rainwater harvesting system, or even an improved latrine. The real result of a sustainable water and sanitation project is a classroom full of healthy children - both boys and girls - in Asia. Or an HIV+ person who has safe drinking water with which to consume his ARVs in southern Africa. Or a young girl in Central America who has fewer cases of waterborne diarrhea and whose body can thus absorb the nutrients it needs to grow.
A "before and after" picture of a successful WASH in Schools program!

In 2011 and 2012, USAID provided almost 7 million people with improved access to drinking water supply, and almost 3 million with improved access to sanitation. This work is now supported and reinforced by USAID’s first-ever Water and Development Strategy, launched in May 2013. U.S. federal leadership has also spurred civic groups (Rotary International), faith communities, foundations (WASHfunders.org), universities, American schoolkids, corporations, nonprofits, and others to substantially increase their own efforts to provide safe drinking water and sanitation, resulting in many more children’s lives saved and improved.

So “Thank You!” America. As former Senators Tom Daschle and Bill Frist wrote this morning, ‘bipartisanship saves lives.’  The U.S. Congress merits our praise for its share of these successes, and should continue to accelerate such progress until we get to ZERO preventable child deaths across the globe.

Monday, March 10, 2014

WASH Awards Ceremony on Capitol Hill: March 12, 430-600pm

Please join us for the 2014 WASHies! 

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible for the WASHies: Wednesday, March 12, 430pm – 600pm, Senate Russell 485.

Please see below and RSVP if you can join us.

The event will begin promptly at 5pm with several awards to our congressional champions, so please join us at 430 to make sure the room is packed for the 5pm start.

All the best, and thank you in advance for your attendance at what promises to be a very interesting and fruitful event.

John 

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Please Join Us in Celebrating
Global Access to Safe Drinking Water, 
Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH)

WASH Advocates is a nonprofit, nonpartisan initiative dedicated to increasing private and public support for access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.  

You are invited to join us on March 12, 2014, to recognize the leadership of key Members of Congress in providing $365 million in the FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill to implement the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005.

When: Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.          

Where: Russell Senate Office Building SR - 485

2 Constitution Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
Enter Constitution and First   
Take your first elevator to the right to the fourth floor   
Take a right   
SR 485, the Committee on Rules and Administration Event Room, is halfway down the hall.    

Light hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served.

A select number of Senators and Members of Congress have been invited for their role in helping provide the resources that will allow the U.S. Department of State and USAID to provide safe, affordable, and sustainable drinking water and improved access to sanitary facilities in the poorest regions of the world.

Invited guests include:
Rep. Blumenauer (confirmed)
Sen. Coons
Sen. Corker (confirmed)
Rep. Culberson (confirmed)
Sen. Durbin (confirmed)
Sen. Graham
Rep. Granger
Sen. Leahy
Rep. Lowey
Rep. Poe (confirmed)
Rep. Hal Rogers (confirmed)
Rep. Chris Smith

Mrs. Patricia Derge Simon, wife of the late Senator Paul Simon, will host the event. We hope that you will be able to join us for this celebratory evening, honoring leadership and significant achievement on this important issue.  

SPACE IS LIMITED. Please RSVP to Cecilia Snyder csnyder@WASHadvocates.org  or202.293.4003 to confirm your attendance.

This event is designed to comply with the Rules and Guidance of the Senate and House ethics committees.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

World Toilet Day 2013 - looking for ideas?

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World Toilet Day


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Every November 19, international and civil society organizations all over the world have celebrated World Toilet Day. But until 2013, it was not formally recognized as an official UN day.

This year is different!!

In July 2013, the United Nations General Assembly designated 19 November as World Toilet Day, urging changes in both behavior and policy on issues ranging from enhancing water management to ending open-air defecation.
UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson issued a statement immediately following the Assembly’s action, noting: “This new annual observance will go a long way toward raising awareness about the need for all human beings to have access to sanitation.”

See below for a list of celebrations and events commemorating this important day!


This World Toilet Day sing #ThankYouToilet with WaterAid!
This World Toilet Day sing
#ThankYouToilet with WaterAid!
Louie Loo video promotion
Date: Begins week of November 11th, 2013
Link: http://www.wateraid.org/news/news/say-thank-you-toilet-this-world-toilet-day
Meet Louie the Loo, our unsung hero this World Toilet Day, as he finds his voice and asks people to say “thank you, toilet!”. The short film created by WaterAid sees a seemingly normal toilet come to life in the middle of the night and sing its heart out for some recognition. Use the hashtag #thankyoutoilet
Contact:
Alanna Imbach, WaterAid
aimbach@wateraidamerica.org
212.683.0430


Toilets USA: Why we need to speak out
Date: November 11-19, 2013
Link: http://www.phlush.org/toiletsusa-why-we-need-to-speak-out/
Toilet Advocacy Toolkit:  http://www.phlush.org/world-toilet-day-toolkit/
Toilets USA’s social media campaign will share concepts and tools to encourage World Toilet Day celebrations in local communities. In partnership with The POOP Project we’re asking US-based practitioners, researchers, entrepreneurs, and activists to “talk toilets” and tell the world about their work. Our goal is to mobilize a broad advocacy network to champion toilets for all globally, while tackling key sanitation issues that challenge the United States.
Please use these hashtags and handles: #ToiletsUSA #LiftTheLid #CelebrateTheToilet @PortlandPHLUSH @Poop_Project
Contact:
Carol McCreary, Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human (PHLUSH)
carol@hplush.org
(503) 984-4081

Celebrating the Toilet at Be the Change Exposition, 2013
Date: November 12th, 2013
Link: http://sochinaction.com/btc-2013-activity
Be the Change Exposition is an annual children’s event that aims to extend children’s learning & awareness about society and inspire them to make positive changes in the world they live in. The World Toilet Organization will be hosting a unique booth featuring interactive activities, including the Toilet Wall of Love and Instapoo Booth. Children can sit on our exclusively hand-painted portable toilets, have their photos taken and spend their ‘toilet time’ thinking about solutions to the global sanitation crisis. The event will be attended by over 800 children from schools across Singapore. Use the hashtags #celebratethetoilet #toiletthoughts
Contact:
Divya Chandran, Communications Manager, WTO
divya@worldtoilet.org

Meet Shawn Shafner, Founder of The POOP Project
Meet Shawn Shafner, Founder of The POOP Project
Lift The Lid” Video Series
Date: November 15, 2013: Series Premiere
Link: http://www.goflushyourself.com/
Don’t let shame, embarrassment or a prudish grandmother keep you from talking about the most important medical intervention since 1860. This World Toilet Day, #LiftTheLid with The POOP Project and FLUSH: The Documentary. Beginning Nov. 15, check out our short videos to discover just some of the reasons to talk toilets. Then tell us why you think toilets are important! Upload your own video with the hashtag #LiftTheLid, and help us really make a stink this World Toilet Day. Use the hashtags #LiftTheLid #CelebrateTheToilet #ToiletsUSA
Contacts:
Karina Mangu-Ward, Director, FLUSH: The Documentary
karinamw@gmail.com
(617) 308-9523
@karinamw
Shawn Shafner, Creator, The POOP Project
shawn@thePOOPproject.org
(347) 385-5186
@poop_project


“Celebrate the Toilet!” Berlin
Date: November 15, 2013
Congratulate the toilet on the virtual toilet stall wall www.celebratethetoilet.org. Toilet Parties are invite-only; please email contact person for invite request. The humble toilet is one of the greatest inventions in the history of humankind. And yet, globally, 4 out of 10 people still have no access to a safe and hygienic toilet. In July 2013, the United Nations General Assembly designated World Toilet Day – established by the World Toilet Organization (WTO) 12 years ago – as an official United Nations Day, making this November 19th the toilets first official day of honor. Come, drink, dance and mingle, and celebrate the life-saving value of the toilet on its big day!
Post a photo of your toilet celebration with the hashtag #CelebrateTheToilet or Instagram @WASHUnited, Facebook @Celebrate the Toilet or Twitter @WASHUnited. The best picture will be awarded a 1 year’s supply of Looloo Paper, toilet paper that saves lives!
Contact:
Julia LaKaemper
julia.lakaemper@wash-united.org

Unveiling ceremony of World Toilet Day monument (Marina Barrage, Singapore)
Date: November 16th, 2013
The World Toilet Day monument will be unveiled on November 16 at the Marina Barrage to commemorate the Government of Singapore and the World Toilet Organization’s historic milestone in tabling the Sanitation for All resolution at the UN General Assembly and designating November 19 as UN World Toilet Day. Use the hashtags #wtdmonument #toiletdayeveryday
Contact:
Divya Chandran, Communications Manager, WTO
divya@worldtoilet.org

World Pneumonia Day/Toilet Day Game Night  (Washington, DC)
Date: November 18th, 2013
Pneumonia and diarrhea are two of the leading killers of children globally. There are simple solutions to prevent and treat both illnesses, and some of these solutions fight both diseases at the same time. Come see the impact of US investments to end preventable child deaths and to learn about the interventions required to prevent 2 million child deaths by 2015.
Monday, November 18, 2013
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Rayburn Foyer, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC
Contact:
Lizzie Cohen
advocacy@path.org
202.822.0033


Do Epic Shit
Date: November 19th, 2013
Links: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/do-epic-shit
 and 
http://www.crowdrise.com/DoEpicShit
On World Toilet Day, Toilet Hackers and Expedition Everest will launch a joint campaign to inspire the world to “Do Epic Shit.” Led by Steve Obbayi, the first Kenyan climber to attempt the summit of Mount Everest in March 2014, the campaign will not only rally global citizens around sanitation issues but also fuel a hand washing campaign in Kibera, Nairobi’s largest slum.
For every meter that Steve climbs, Toilet Hackers will provide hygiene education and access to sanitary hand washing facilities to two people living in Kibera. With Everest standing at 8,850 meters, that’s nearly 18,000 people living healthier lives in Kenya. Expedition Everest founder and climber Toby Storie-Pugh will kick off the Indiegogo fundraising campaign to support Steve’s Everest climb and the Kibera hand washing project on Nov. 19 by walking the length of Manhattan and then camping each night in the city until the commitment is completed. Anyone who wants to Do Epic Shit with Expedition Everest and Toilet Hackers can join the team on Crowdrise. Use hashtag #DoEpicShit

Cocktails, Dancing & Sh*t Talking: “Celebrate the Toilet!”  (New York City)
Date: November 19th, 2013
Link: http://www.celebratethetoilet.org/ – Congratulate the toilet on the virtual toilet stall wall
Toilet Parties are invite-only; please email contact person for invite request. The humble toilet is one of the greatest inventions in the history of humankind. And yet, globally, 4 out of 10 people still have no access to a safe and hygienic toilet. In July 2013, the United Nations General Assembly designated World Toilet Day – established by the World Toilet Organization (WTO) 12 years ago – as an official United Nations Day, making this November 19th the toilets first official day of honor.
This is why WASH United, the World Toilet Organization and Toilet Hackers are coming together to “Celebrate the Toilet!”
**Featuring MC Casey Spooner, of Fischer Spooner**
Post a photo of your toilet celebration with the hashtag #CelebrateTheToilet or Instagram @WASHUnited, Facebook @Celebrate the Toilet or Twitter @WASHUnited. The best picture will be awarded a 1 year’s supply of Looloo Paper, toilet paper that saves lives!
Contact:
Danielle Keiser
danielle.keiser@wash-united.org

“Celebrate the Toilet!” (Nairobi)
Date: November 19th, 2013
Link: http://www.celebratethetoilet.org/ – Congratulate the toilet on the virtual toilet stall wall
Toilet Parties are invite-only; please email contact person for invite request. The humble toilet is one of the greatest inventions in the history of humankind. And yet, globally, 4 out of 10 people still have no access to a safe and hygienic toilet. In July 2013, the United Nations General Assembly designated World Toilet Day – established by the World Toilet Organization (WTO) 12 years ago – as an official United Nations Day, making this November 19th the toilets first official day of honor. Come together to celebrate the life-saving value of the toilet on its big day!
Post a photo of your toilet celebration with the hashtag #CelebrateTheToilet or Instagram @WASHUnited, Facebook @Celebrate the Toilet or Twitter @WASHUnited. The best picture will be awarded a 1 year’s supply of Looloo Paper, toilet paper that saves lives!
Contact:
Aparna Shrivastava
aparna.shrivastava@wash-united.org

“We can’t wait: A report on sanitation and hygiene for women and girls”
Date: released on November 19th, 2013
Link: will be made available at 12:01am on Nov 19
WaterAid, WSSCC and Unilever will be releasing a new report entitled “We can’t wait” at a UN event in New York to mark the official recognition of Word Toilet Day. The report highlights the start consequences of the lack of access to toilets for women and girls, and the need to act both urgently and decisively. Use the hashtag #wecantwait
Contact:
Alanna Imbach, WaterAid
aimbach@wateraidamerica.org
212.683.0430

World Toilet Day event at the UN HQ, New York (in partnership with Singapore Permanent Mission to the UN) – invitation only
Date: November 19th, 2013
A commemorative event at the UN to celebrate the inaugural UN World Toilet Day. There will be keynote speeches and a panel discussion toilets and sanitation followed by a reception.
Use the hashtags #toiletdayeveryday #toiletsforall #celebratethetoilet
Contact:
Divya Chandran, Communications Manager, WTO
divya@worldtoilet.org

Celebrate the Toilet exhibition (German Centre, Singapore)
Date: November 19 – November 28
A week long exhibition on the evolution of toilets and sanitation technology, in partnership with Duravit, Geberit and the German Centre. Use the hashtags  #celebratethetoilet
Contact:
Divya Chandran, Communications Manager, WTO
divya@worldtoilet.org

Brown Friday Campaign
Date: November 19th, 2013 - January 2nd, 2014
Link: (Available on Nov 19) - www.indiegogo/projects/brown-friday 
Brown Friday is a social media awareness campaign + Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for school sanitation project in South Africa. Brown Friday is the number 2 reason to spend this holiday season. We believe that every school child should have access to clean, safe toilets; because nothing keeps kids away from school like having no place to poop and pee in peace. Our first project for 2014 is to put up one toilet building for a school in KwaMashu, South Africa that desperately needs it. For this, we’re going to need $30,000.To help raise this money, we’re hijacking Black Friday and declaring it Brown Friday. While spending money on yourself, your family, and your friends on this shopping holiday, remember to get online and share some with the kids in KwaMashu. Use the hashtag #brownfriday
Contact:
Divya Chandran, Communications Manager, WTO
divya@worldtoilet.org

Charity Premiere of Film “Everybody’s Business”(Golden Village Cinemas, Vivocity, HarbourFront Singapore)
Date: November 28th, 2013
Link : (Trailer) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drKp4Jm9yV8 
The original concept of the film came from Jack Sim, founder of WTO. The film, executively produced by prominent Singaporean filmmaker Jack Neo (Ah Boys To Men) and directed by Lee Thean-jeen (Homecoming), stars stellar local comedians Gurmit Singh, Mark Lee, Liu Ling Ling, Wang Lei and Kumar. A light-hearted, satirical film revolving around the Ministry of Toilets,Everybody’s Business is about public toilets and hygiene in Singapore, and citizen engagement with the government. Tickets are at $50 each. Use the hashtag #toiletdayeveryday
Contact:
Divya Chandran, Communications Manager, WTO
divya@worldtoilet.org