Join together for greater U.S. leadership on safe drinking water and sanitation, Advocacy Day at the US Capitol, March 13.
US residents who support safe drinking water and safe sanitation (WASH) for the world’s poorest people can join us to meet with Congressional offices to let them know that we need greater U.S. leadership for WASH.
WASH is one of the most cost-effective interventions available to improve health and reduce poverty.
WASH has major impacts for all people – but they are most dramatic in the life of a girl as she grows up:
- Access to WASH will prevent her from dying from diarrhea and other water-related illness as a child.
- It will allow her to attend school instead of spending hours collecting water.
- It helps her to care for her children, who are also made healthier with reliable access to safe water and sanitation.
- It helps her to earn an income.
WASH is foundational for healthy and productive families and communities.
Can’t be in DC on March 13? You can conduct Congressional meetings in your U.S. city, too. Just register as an “in-district” participant and we will provide all the information you need to be an effective advocate for vital WASH action.
Our main message to Congress will be the far-reaching impacts of safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, how much great progress has been made in recent years, and how Americans can cost-effectively help these communities reach the final goal. WASH can change this equation!
What We Do on Advocacy Day
There is no charge for registration to be part of Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill! You do need to be a citizen or legal resident of the US, provide us some basic information about yourself, and plan to be present on March 13 the whole day!
When you register here, you will receive a confirmation email. Later we will contact you by email to assign you to a team with two or three other citizen advocates to conduct visits to Congressional offices on Advocacy Day.
You will be sent background materials on the issue (we keep it simple, don’t worry!), helpful tips on how to advocate to members of Congress, a schedule of events for the day, and other helpful materials. We will not sell your information to any organization, and your email will be used to communicate with you about plans for Advocacy Day and provide updates on the issue.
You and your team members will visit three to four (on average) offices of Members of Congress (the U.S. House and Senate). But first, you will join us that morning for breakfast on Capitol Hill, get a briefing on the issue, and learn all you need to know about being an effective advocate in your visits.
Approximate schedule for Advocacy Day, Thursday, March 13, 2014:
(all times are Eastern Time and subject to change)
- 8:00 AM – Sign in at event site begins
- 8:30 AM – Advocacy Day breakfast and issue briefing
- 10:00 AM – Guest speakers; training on meeting with members of Congress and staff
- 11:00 AM – Break into your teams
- 12:00 NOON – Start your office visits – appointments will made ahead of time, and you will be provided a schedule and all you need to know. Teams can easily get lunch together at various locations.
- 5:00 PM – By this time, office visits have ended. (A “more social” gathering may be organized for those who wish to do so!)
DEADLINE: Register as soon as you can – it really helps us to organize better! The DEADLINE for registration is Friday, FEBRUARY 28.